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BIRDS OF THE WEEK 2
2 years ago

BIRDS' HIGH FASHION SHOW - Part 1

 

Modern birds are characterised by feathers, a beak with no teeth, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a lightweight but strong skeleton 
All living species of birds have wings- the most recent species without wings was the moa, which is generally considered to have become extinct in the 1500s 
Wings are evolved forelimbs, and most bird species can fly. Flightless birds include ratites, penguins, and a number of diverse endemic island species 
Birds also have unique digestive and respiratory systems that are highly adapted for flight. Some birds, especially corvids and parrots, are among the most intelligent animal species; a number of bird species have been observed manufacturing and using tools, and many social species exhibit cultural transmission of knowledge across generations.

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2 years ago

There guys are amazing!

2 years ago

Thanks, Debbie. More coming soon!

2 years ago

"Oh My", how absolutely beautiful.  Gotta love Mother Nature.

2 years ago

Really beautiful. Thanks for sharing them with us.

2 years ago
You've got to love this one...nice to see the good rather than the awful! 
 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=9hnbmml8fOY&hd=1

BIRDS' HIGH FASHION SHOW - Part 2
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WOW what beautifull colors on these birds!!! Thanks for these pics,STUNNING!!!!

2 years ago

You're welcome, Natasha.

Meet a very special parrot....here's EINSTEIN!!

2 years ago

I think I have fallen in love again. Thank you.

EINSTEIN
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I'm speechess,thanks very much for sharing the spectacular Einstein with us all!!!! How brilliant and how about crows,they are extremely intlligent&craft too...loved the bird fashion as well!!!!

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Beautiful birds, Danuta. Thank you!

BIRDS' HIGH FASHION SHOW - Part 3
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BIRDS' HIGH FASHION SHOW - Part 3 continued
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2 years ago

Stunning pictures. Thanks for sharing them.

2 years ago

Great Lynn - some made me laugh!

BIRDS' HIGH FASHION SHOW - Part 4
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WOW Lynn these birds are so beautiful!

2 years ago

These Birds are just Wonderful, Beautiful and Astonishing Lynn Love those Heart Shaped Wings .... Crazy about them All ... Lovely addition Danuta

2 years ago

Thank-You so much for these Wonderful Photos Lynn

You're welcome, everyone!
2 years ago

BIRDS' HIGH FASHION SHOW - Part 5

Don't get the female mad!



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2 years ago

WOW I'm melting...

2 years ago

Lovely Lynn Thnx

Bird of the Week - 1/11/13
2 years ago

Bird of the Week
Cock-tailed Tyrant

Cock-tailed Tyrant by Scott Olmstead

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This distinctive bird is a member of the tyrant-flycatcher family, a large, New World group of insect-eating birds. The name “tyrant” reflects the aggressive nature of some of these species, which drive away larger birds that venture too near their nests. Male Cock-tailed Tyrants are eye-catching; mostly black above, with white shoulder patch, face and underparts. Its black tail has broad central feathers that stand perpendicular to the others, giving the bird its “cock-tailed” appearance. Females are similar to males, but brown instead of black, and lack the fancy tail.

The biggest threat to this species is continuing habitat loss. Grasslands throughout its range are threatened by agriculture, livestock farming, plantations, and mining. Its dependence on tall grasslands makes it especially sensitive to intensive grazing, trampling by cattle, and frequent burning.

In Bolivia, ABC works with Asociación Armonía to manage the Blue-throated Macaw Reserve, which also protects the Cock-tailed Tyrant. ABC has helped Armonía acquire land to establish the reserve and build infrastructure for reserve management, including a research station. For those interested in visiting the reserve for its excellent birding, please see Conservation Birding and Birding Bolivia.  

2 years ago

He's (she?) such a little doll!

2 years ago

Exquisite Lynn Thank-You 12/1

2 years ago

beautiful, unusual , colourful, thoughtful birds, a treat to look at x wendy k x

2 years ago

I LOVE "don't get the female mad".

2 years ago

Beautiful Love Birds 6

Parrot Birds 1

English Fantail Pigeon

2 years ago

Thank you so much for posting those beautiful birds, Ajla. They're incredible.  



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Oh my goodness, Danuta. That is the sweetest picture. Is the baby owl really real? It's so tiny! Thanks for posting it!

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Lovely Danuta, Ajla and of Course My Dearest Lynn

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2 years ago

MAGNIFIQUE! THANKS !!

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Wonderful - thanks Lynn!

2 years ago

NICE!!

Bird of the Week - 1/18/13
2 years ago

The hard to pronounce, but beautiful....

Bird of the Week
'Akiapôlâ'au

Akiapolaau by Jack Jeffrey

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The 'Akiapôlâ'au (pronounced ah-kee-ah-POH-LAH-OW) is a member of the highly specialized Hawaiian honeycreeper family. This species is most notable for its mismatched-looking beak that has a long, downward-curving upper mandible, used for probing, and a shorter lower mandible, used as a drill as the bird creeps along tree trunks and branches, probing for arthropods under the bark. It also takes flower nectar and drinks sap from shallow wells it drills in live bark.

Threats include grazing and logging, that have degraded or destroyed much of its habitat; predation by introduced mammals; mosquito-borne avian diseases; and depletion of the birds’ prey by introduced insects. Global climate change could allow mosquitoes to move to higher elevations, further decreasing suitable habitat for the 'Akiapôlâ'au and other native Hawaiian passerines.

ABC is involved in a significant conservation project that will benefit the 'Akiapôlâ'au and other native birds on the Mauna Kea volcano, where the species disappeared when overgrazing by non-native mammals severely degraded the forest.  Mouflon sheep and goats will be removed following the completion of an ungulate-proof fence that will encircle the mountain, setting the stage for forest regeneration and restoration. Fencing and removal of cattle and pigs has also been successfully employed at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, a key stronghold of the 'Akiapôlâ'au.

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2 years ago

Thanks for the pretty picture, Danuta!

Smart little bird sings....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9NZnpleU0s&NR=1

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Parakeets flock to wading pool in Equador

2 years ago

I love all these birds.

Bird of the Week - 1/25/13
2 years ago

Bird of the Week
Blue-billed Curassow

Blue-billed Curassow by ProAves

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The Blue-billed Curassow is a large, ground-dwelling bird closely related to turkeys and guans.The male is glossy black with a curly black crest, white undertail and tail tip, and pinkish-white legs. Its bill is decorated with a fleshy blue cere (a waxy structure covering the base of the bill) and wattle. The female is also black, with black-and-white crest feathers and white barring on wings and tail, plus a rufous lower belly and undertail.

This bird forages on the forest floor for fruit, seeds, and small invertebrates. It roosts in trees for protection; these roost sites are near feeding areas and are often used for several days running.

Blue-billed Curassow populations have declined dramatically due to to habitat loss. Huge areas of its lowland forest range have been cleared for livestock farming, crop cultivation, oil extraction, and mining. Another significant threat comes from local people, who hunt these birds and take their eggs for food.

In 2004, ABC and Colombian partner Fundación ProAves established the El Paujíl Reserve to protect this species. El Paujíl now protects over 14,830 acres of lowland forest in the Magdalena Valley, and has been recognized by Alliance for Zero Extinction as the place where the overwhelming majority of Blue-billed Curassow are now found. ABC and ProAves continue habitat protection and restoration here, as well as educational outreach, job-training programs for local women, and tourism.

2 years ago

No Matter What I am doing I Always stop to see the Birdies Lynn Thank-You and Thanx to Everyone who Contributes and are Invovlved with This Thread 26/1

Thanks for your interest, dear Barbara!
2 years ago

BEARDED OWL

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SNOWY OWL

Bird of the Week - 2/1/13
2 years ago

Bird of the Week
Kittlitz's Murrelet

Kittlitz's Murrelet by GA Sanger, USGA

This small, mottled seabird (9.5 inches long and 8 ounces) is one of the rarest and least-known murrelets. The Kittlitz’s Murrelet is unique because of its intimate association with glaciers, which has earned it the nickname, “Glacier Murrelet.”

The effects of climate change are hitting this species especially hard. Rapidly rising temperatures are causing glaciers to melt and recede, and changes in ocean ecosystems are reducing the availability of the fish it eats. Kittlitz’s Murrelets are also affected by human disturbance from activities such as cruise-ship tours, which may cause it to abandon feeding areas, and entanglement in commercial gillnets.

The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill had a catastrophic effect on this species, destroying as much as 10 percent of its world population, with the populations in Prince William Sound decreasing by 84 percent. Similar declines elsewhere suggest the bird may disappear within a few decades. It is under review for listing under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lovely Birds Lynn and Danuta 3/2

Pretty Flamingos
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SO COLORFUL!

2 years ago

So much to learn about these super cute birds. Thanks a bunch for posting them.

2 years ago

I love birds to much!

2 years ago

Just Wonderful Lynn Tnx

2 years ago

I've never seen anything quite like it. Thank you. It is oh so beautiful.

2 years ago

Gigggle .... Lynn Tickles me Pink Tnx

2 years ago

For Valentine's Day - Slide how of bird couples. Enjoy!

http://magblog.audubon.org/slideshow-bird-couples-cozy&s_src=val13_cul&s_subsrc=link

2 years ago

Cool stuff

2 years ago

First Nest Ever Discovered of One of the World's Most Endangered Birds

Stressman's Bristlefront by Ciro Ginez AlbanoThe first known nest of one of the world's rarest birds - the Critically Endangered Stresemann's Bristlefront - has been discovered in Brazil. Of perhaps equal significance is that strong evidence of active nestlings was also found.

Read the full story here
http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/releases/130117.html



 

 

Cerulean Warbler to Benefit from Acquisition of Key Colombian Habitat

Cerulean Warbler by Bill HubickThe Cerulean Warbler, a bird whose population has declined by about 70 percent in the last 40 years, and 25 other neotropical migrating birds are the key beneficiaries of a successful two-year-effort by American Bird Conservancy and Fundación ProAves to purchase and protect key wintering habitat for the birds in Colombia, South America.

Read the full story here



 

2 years ago

BIRDS OF THE WEEK 3 IS OPEN FOR YOUR PERUSAL. I'LL KEEP THIS THREAD OPEN FOR A WHILE BEFORE I CLOSE IT. ENJOY!

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