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4 years ago

The previous thread, #6, got too full so here's thread #7 for us to post all of our beautiful bird pictures and information.

Here's the link to thread #6 for your perusal. So many interesting birds for you to look at and read about. Enjoy!

Bird of the Week - 7/12/14
4 years ago

Hawaiian Specialty:
Newell's Shearwater

The low, moaning call of Newell's Shearwater led to its local name of 'A'o. Found only in Hawai'i, most of these small, endangered seabirds nest on the slopes and cliffs of Kaua'i. Small colonies also exist on Moloka'i, Maui, and the Big Island.

All shearwaters, like the Pink-footed, nest in burrows, which they visit only at night to care for their eggs and young. The birds forage over the open ocean, diving to depths of over 150 feet in pursuit of schooling fish and squid.

Read more: Rediscovered, but Still Declining >>

Newell's Shearwater by Jim Denny

4 years ago

Once you open this, click on each bird to listen to its song. This is so cool.

Bird of the Week - 7/18/14
4 years ago

Mustached Seabird:
Inca Tern

This striking bird occupies part of the same habitat ruled by the ancient Inca Empire in South America. Inca Terns are best known by their dashing white mustaches, which are found on both male and female birds.

The species is found only near the cold waters of the Humboldt Current, where the birds feed on anchovies and other small fish. Like Least Terns, Inca Terns feed by plunge diving and surface dipping. The birds also scavenge scraps from sea lions, dolphins, and fishing boats. Declining fish stocks are one of the reasons for this species' population decline.

What does a colony of Inca Terns sound like?
Read the full account >>

Inca Terns by Greg Homel, Natural Elements Productions

4 years ago

Thanks for the new thread Lynn - and wonderful site wit teh bird songs - lovin' it!!!!

Also that Inca Fern is gorgeous!  Sure hopes it doesn't go away completely!

Bird of the Week - 7/25/14
4 years ago

Hooked-beaked Raptor:
Snail Kite

The Snail Kite has one of the most specialized tools among raptors: a long, deeply curved beak designed to pull snails—the birds' main food—out of their shells. This specialized diet restricts the Snail Kite to wetlands, so if that habitat is destroyed, the bird declines.

When hunting, Snail Kites fly low over marshlands, plunging down to snatch snails from just under the water or from vegetation. They then return to a favorite perch to feed. Although common in Latin America, the species is a federal and state endangered species in the United States.

Read more and hear the Snail Kite's call >>

Snail Kite by RJ Wiley

4 years ago

Those Inca Terns are really beautiful! The "Snail Kite" -- never ever heard of this one before! They would be something to watch when they go after those snails.

Thanks, Lynn.

4 years ago

Wow Lynn  that is an amazing bird!

4 years ago

Love the birds, thanks for all the posts.

4 years ago

Thanks for all the bird information Lynn, love the birds.

You're welcome, everybody :-)
4 years ago

This has to be the cutest little duckling I've ever seen!

4 years ago

Oh that's such a cute little thing

Bird of the Week - 8/2/14
4 years ago

Animated Artwork:
Green-headed Tanager

Like most tanagers, including Western Tanager, our Bird of the Week is an animated work of art. Featuring swaths of turquoise, yellow-orange, lime green, violet, and black, the male Green-headed Tanager brightens forests as well as orchards and parks.

Although this tanager is widely distributed within its Atlantic Forest range, this habitat is threatened by deforestation, and only about eight percent of the original habitat remains. Green-headed Tanagers share the Atlantic Forest with the critically endangered Stresemann’s Bristlefront, threatened Banded Cotinga, and more common Brazilian Tanager.

Read more and hear the bird's call >>

Green-headed Tanager, Dario Sanches, CC BY-SA 2.0

4 years ago

Sweet little duckling Lynn and the Green-headed Tanager is a beautiful bird, what a shame we are losing all these birds due to deforestation.

4 years ago

Lynn, lovely bord that one, wish it could visit here.  Maybe you know what these are?  I though lovebirds possibly.

4 years ago

Sue, you're right. They're definitely lovebirds and so pretty. Thanks for posting it.

Brenda, I'm glad you're enjoying this thread.

Lily, I know you love birds so this is a good thread for you.

Bird of the Week - 8/8/14
4 years ago

Desert Bird:
Costa's Hummingbird

Tiny Costa's Hummingbird‒named for early hummingbird collector Louis Costa‒is among the smallest of U.S. breeding birds. Found in hot, dry habitats like the Sonoran and Mojave deserts, the species is an important pollinator of desert plants and cacti, particularly red penstemon.

The birds migrate and nest in February or March, when desert flowers are most abundant and heat has not yet peaked. They wander if resources become scarce or temperatures climb too high. But unlike Rufous, Ruby-throated, and Calliope Hummingbirds, Costa's are short-distance migrants, moving only as far south as northern Mexico in winter.

Full profile plus Costa's Hummingbird video >>

Costa's Hummingbird, Takahashi Photography/Shutterstock

4 years ago

Awwww... that wee duckling is just like the two ducklings my parents gave us the day before Good Friday at Easter time! I guess they had to get them before the weekend. I walked in the door after school and found the two in a box in the kitchen. Couldn't believe my eyes! I ran out to find my brother. He and I each took our duckling out of the box and soon after they were following us around, just like in the video. We lost one a few years later, and the other one lived with us for 12 years! My parents found out that they can live to about 20 years and the decision was made to take him to Stanley Park, our most beautiful park, where a very large enclosure was designated for ducks - whether they could fly in or not. I did not know they did this as they knew how close I was to him. I cried for many days. I am grateful for the time I had with him - playing, just sitting and holding him, feeding him... etc.

Thanks Lynn, wonderful video. That green Tanager is certainly a work of art. I always imagine that angels are in charge of designing and colouring our birds. I've thought that since I was little so probably my Dad gave me that idea.

Sue, gorgeous love birds! I've taken a copy of picture to put on a new thread I'll be starting soon.

Bird of the Week - 8/15/14
4 years ago

Attention Please!
Military Macaw

The Military Macaw probably got its name from the military personnel who first imported the birds to Europe as pets. In the wild, this parrot occurs in three subspecies throughout a large but fragmented range extending from Mexico to Argentina.

Like the Great Green, Blue-throated, and Lear's Macaws, these beautiful and intelligent parrots are popular cage birds, widely captured for the pet trade within their home countries. Another major threat to these macaws is habitat loss, caused mainly by deforestation for agriculture and settlement.

Learn more and hear the
Military Macaw's raucous calls >>

Military Macaw, Greg Homel, Natural Elements Productions

Bird of the Week - 8/22/14
3 years ago

Teacher, Teacher!

The Ovenbird gets its name from its unique nest, which looks like a domed oven. This inconspicuous, ground-nesting warbler is best-known for its emphatic and distinctive song—a series of progressively louder phrases often described as "teacher, teacher, teacher."

Like the Wood Thrush and Kentucky, Cerulean, and Worm-eating Warblers, Ovenbirds require undisturbed expanses of forest for successful breeding. Although more flexible in habitat requirements on their wintering grounds, Ovenbirds and other Neotropical migratory species benefit from habitat conservation in these regions as well.

Learn more and listen to the Ovenbird's song >>

Ovenbird, Paul Reeves Photography

Bird of the Week - 8/29/14
3 years ago

From Billions to Oblivion:
Passenger Pigeon

September 1 marks 100 years since the last known Passenger Pigeon, known as Martha, died at the Cincinnati Zoo. It's hard to imagine now, but at one time this species was the most numerous bird on earth, with a population of 3 to 5 billion birds.

These seemingly numberless flocks were considered an infinite resource and exploited so drastically that the species was driven to extinction in mere decades. A cautionary tale, the story of the Passenger Pigeon and other extinct bird species inspires our work and one of the main tenets of ABC's efforts: to safeguard the rarest species.

See photo of Martha and read
John James Audubon's perspective >>

Passenger Pigeons, John James Audubon

3 years ago

It's hard to believe that mankind has blown so many birds and animals right off the face of the earth! Makes me furious inside! Grrrrrrrr. I wish there was more that individuals can do -- more petitions, more...? Other than donating, which many of us can't afford to do, we just have to stay educated and applaud those organizations who are working together to try to save SO MANY birds. 

Thanks Lynn, for continuing to educate us about the drastic circumstances these poor birds are battling. 

Bird of the Week - 9/5/14
3 years ago

Bird of Regal Bearing:
King Penguin

The elegant-looking King Penguin is the second-largest species of penguin in the world, surpassed only by the Emperor Penguin, which occurs further south in the Antarctic.

The only way to see this bird is to journey to its habitat. Fortunately, many travel outfits, such as Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris, plan trips to the subantarctic, where birders can see the King Penguin as well as other regional specialties, including Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins and other seabirds, such as Wandering and Light-mantled Albatrosses, Snowy Sheathbill, Southern Fulmar, and Antarctic Prion.

Find out how penguin feet play into parenting >>

King Penguins, Ted Cheeseman, Cheeseman's Ecology Safari

3 years ago

We Have Some Beautiful Birds in this World Enjoy this wonderful photo series of 40 of the most gorgeous birds on earth! Click Here to Watch

3 years ago


Donna Apsey/Shutterstock
Bird-watching is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the United States, with more people drawn to the entertainment and challenge of birding every year. Let's test how much you know about these popular feathered friends.
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3 years ago

Cerulean Warbler, Frode Jacobsen

Hundreds of bird species—including imperiled Cerulean Warblers that winter in the northern Andes—will benefit from protection of an important forest corridor in Ecuador.

ABC, Fundación Jocotoco, World Land Trust, and March Conservation Fund worked together over eight years to achieve this expansion of the Narupa Reserve. The acquisition is a step toward connecting two of the largest protected areas in Ecuador, helping to protect even more birds.

Go behind the success >>

3 years ago

More beauties, Lynn. Thank you. As I'm scrolling down, I am shaking my head to think of forever losing so many beautiful, magical birds, as well as animals. BUT... if I were to dwell on that I would be sending that bad energy out into the world, so I will be optimistic that things will be brought together to save them.

Bird of the Week - 9/12/14
3 years ago

Long-distance Migrant:
Swainson's Hawk

This handsome western buteo, which occurs in both light and dark morphs (color variations), was named for British naturalist William Swainson. Some of its folk names—"grasshopper hawk" or "locust hawk"—reflect this bird's tastes in prey. (Read about Ferruginous Hawk, another impressive western buteo.)

Starting in late August, nearly the entire population of Swainson's Hawks migrates south to Argentina and Brazil in huge "kettles" or flocks. Over 800,000 Swainson's Hawks can pass by single hawk-watching sites in Veracruz, Mexico, in a single fall day.

Read more and hear the hawk's call >>

Swainson's Hawk, Ian Maton/Shutterstock

3 years ago

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird. (Photo by Walter Nussbaumer/Audubon Photography Awards)


Audubon’s New Science: A Chilling Report

A massive seven-year climate study finds that unless we act, more than 300 species of North American birds could face significant threats to their survival in coming decades. Some once-plentiful species could even face extinction. But the study also finds hope. Scientists pinpoint potential "climate strongholds" where birds may have a fighting chance. Learn more.→

3 years ago

That certainly is a chilling report, Lynn. There was a program on tonight about the Passenger Pigeon. It said there were billions of them but due to loss of habitat and over-HUNTING, they are extinct! Sometimes I think there's a race on for a certain amount of people to 'bag' the last living animal, bird.... BUT... we must BELIEVE there is still time, right?

3 years ago

Cheryl, I hope there is still time. People are so apathetic towards birds, unless they're avid bird watchers. A lot of people think birds are a nuisance. I love the look and sound of birds (well, maybe not the vulture) and feel so bad when I hear that certain species are becoming or are extinct. Such a shame. Yes, we still must believe and pray that there is still time!

Bird of the Week - 9/19/14
3 years ago

Voice in the Marsh:
Black Rail

The tiny, red-eyed Black Rail is only the size of a sparrow and is the smallest rail in North America. Like its South American relative, the Junin Rail, it is as elusive as a mouse, skulking and scurrying under the cover of dense marsh vegetation and rarely taking flight.

Despite their small size, Black Rails are fiercely territorial and call loudly and frequently during the mating season, a distinctive three-noted "kickee-doo."

Learn more about this elusive, endangered rail
and hear its unique call >>

Black Rail, David Seibel

3 years ago

i love all your bird posts Lynn i'm so worried by that report i'm sure its the same all over the birds give us so much joy w must do more to protect them

3 years ago

The property manager of our apartment buildings used to have the grass sprayed with insecticide numerous times every Spring, Summer and Fall.  Every time there were so many dead birds in the week after that we all complained.  It took years, but now we are spray free and the birds are back.  There is nothing worse than walking outside and seeing so many dead bodies, mostly blue jays.  I hate poisons and what they do to our wildlife.  We have to do everything we can to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to see all the beautiful creatures we can see today.

Thank you for posting all the beautiful birds Lynn, we don't get many varieties around here so it is lovely to come to this thread and see what we are missing.

3 years ago

Sue, it's really great the property manager or owner decided not to spray anymore. I can't imagine how depressing and shocking it must have been to see all those dead birds. What was the spray for? To make the grass grow? Perhaps to kill bugs that may enter the buildings. Unless there was a real bug problem, it was senseless to spray. Bugs are important and have their purpose in the eco-system. So sad people do that.

I agree, Lynn, that there is apathy towards birds in many people, until they don't hear chirping anymore! It is happening everywhere, as we know from the information you post and other news we read and hear. BUT on the good-news side of things, there are so many people and organizations working to save our world's birds. God bless them! And we can keep on signing petitions.... so we are doing something important to help save them... along with so many animals! 

3 years ago

i'm glad the spraying is stopped good for you Sue for talking up for the birds yes Cheryl we go on fighting i know about bird haters Lynn my neighbour appears like a spectre outside my door when i put out bird feeders ,i just move them to a part of my garden she cant see 

Bird of the Week - 9/26/14
3 years ago

Tanager Relative:
Scarlet-breasted Dacnis

The colorful, thin-billed Scarlet-breasted Dacnis (a member of the tanager family) is found only on the Pacific slopes of Ecuador and Colombia. It's becoming increasingly scarce in both countries. Never considered a common species, it is now listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

The main culprits in this bird's decline are habitat loss and fragmentation of its Chocó (wet lowland forest) habitat from logging and human colonization, along with conversion of primary forest to oil palm plantations. This biologically diverse ecoregion is shared by other threatened birds such as the Great Green Macaw and Banded Ground-Cuckoo.

Read more and hear this bird's (lack of) song >>

Scarlet-breasted Dacnis, Dusan Brinkhuizen

3 years ago

Another beauty, Lynn. Thank you. I do love to scroll down this thread slowly.

Mary, good for you. It's really hard to imagine someone hating birds, and yet there are many who do or are just unconscious towards them! Perhaps when they stop singing altogether those people will notice something missing. In the meantime, Mary -- keep moving that bird feeder!

Bird of the Week - 10/3/14
3 years ago

Early Bird:
Allen's Hummingbird

The Allen's Hummingbird is very similar to the closely related Rufous Hummingbird, and the two species occasionally hybridize. Female and juvenile Allen's and Rufous Hummingbirds usually cannot be easily distinguished from one another in the field.

Allen's stands apart in other ways, though: This species has one of the most restricted breeding and wintering ranges of any U.S.-breeding hummingbird, very unlike the wide-ranging Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Allen's migratory pattern is also unusual. Males arrive on breeding grounds in the middle of winter, leaving Mexico as early as late fall, and depart breeding grounds as early as late spring.

See Allen's Hummingbird in action >>

Allen's Hummingbird, Glen Tepke

3 years ago

Pretty bird Lynn. Thank you.

3 years ago

Gorgeous hummingbird Lynn.  Here is a quick video of an albino hummingbird.

I was visited by a blue jay this morning, the first one I've seen in over a year!

3 years ago

Such a little beauty, Lynn. Unusual colour orange.  

Sue, little albino hummer is like seeing a dove. Lovely little fellow. Good sign! I'm so happy you had a lovely visit from a blue jay. That's a good sign too!

This post was modified from its original form on 05 Oct, 12:50
3 years ago

pretty fella Lynn lovely guy Sue birds do so much to lift our spirit

Bird of the Week - 10/10/14
3 years ago

Rain Crow:
Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoos are slender, elusive birds. Like other cuckoos, such as the rare Bay-breasted, they seem stealthy even in flight, slipping through the trees on long, pointed wings. More often heard than seen, the Yellow-billed Cuckoo’s croaking call—sounding on hot summer days before storms—led to its folk name, “rain crow.”

Habitat loss and fragmentation have led to long-term declines. In the West, riparian habitat has been lost to farmland and housing; invasive plants such as salt cedar also degrade habitat. This western population is now listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act; its range in the West is so diminished that it hardly appears on this small range map.

Read full account and hear the cuckoo’s call >>

Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Brian Small

3 years ago

Pocket sized saw-whet owls are being studied and counted by a Canadian, these owls are so tiny and cute!

Bird of the Week - 10/17/14
3 years ago

Squeaky Wheel:
Black-and-white Warbler

The Black-and-white Warbler is the only member of the genus Mniotilta, which means "moss-plucking" and refers to the bird's habit of probing for insects. One of the first migrants to arrive on breeding grounds, the song of Black-and-white Warbler—reminiscent of a rusty wheel turning—is an early sign of spring.

Black-and-white Warblers breed as far north as northern Canada and winter as far south as northern South America. Wintering birds benefit from several areas protected by ABC and in-country partners, including Buenaventura in Ecuador and the Blue-billed Curassow (El Paujil) Reserve in Colombia.

Read full account and hear its squeaky song >>

Black-and-white Warbler by Dennis W. Donohue/Shutterstock

Bird of the Week - 10/31/14
3 years ago

Deep Croak of Southern
Climes: Crested Owl

The distinctive Crested Owl, the only member of its genus, has bold white eyebrows that continue into long white ear tufts, giving the bird a severe appearance. Its voice is a deep, frog-like croak, repeated every 5-10 seconds.

This species occurs in several areas protected by ABC and in-country partners, including the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica and the Blue-billed Curassow (El Paujil) Reserve in Colombia. It has also been heard in the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve in Peru, where ABC has supported land acquisition.

Read full account and hear this owl’s call >>

Crested Owl, Dominic Sherony

3 years ago

Two beautiful birds Lynn, the owl looks like it belongs in a Harry Potter movie!

Bird of the Week - 11/14/14
3 years ago

Melodious Migrant:
Swainson's Thrush

This bird, once known as the Olive-backed Thrush, is named after the English naturalist William Swainson. Swainson’s Thrush is best identified by its distinctive "spectacles" and the warm buffy tones suffusing its face and upper chest. Like Hermit Thrush and others of its family, this bird is known for its beautiful song.

Although much more common than Bicknell’s Thrush, Swainson’s is more often heard than seen in its interior forest haunts. The species’ wintering range includes habitat in many ABC-supported reserves, including El Paujil and El Dorado in Colombia, Abra Patricia in Peru, and Tapichalaca in Ecuador.

Read full account and hear Swainson's song >>

Swainson's Thrush, Jim Zipp

3 years ago
Bird Mimics Chainsaws, Car Alarms and Camera Shutters
lyrebird-mimics chainsaws car alarms and camera shutters
  David Attenborough travels to south Australia to listen to the incredible sounds of the Lyrebird. The birds are most notable for their superb ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from their environment. Listen as this lyrebird not only mimics the sounds of surrounding birds but chainsaws, car alarms and camera shutters. The clip…

Read more »

3 years ago

A VERY interesting link about birds. Enjoy!

3 years ago

OH.. HERE'S OUR LYNN! It's wonderful to see you, sis!

The Lyrebird is incredible. They must have quite the brain structure (smart)! That was really something to watch.

Love the bird link. I think it will take a while to get through them all!

Thanks, Lynn. This is always the 'Lynn's Room' place!

Bird of the Week - 11/21/14
3 years ago

Flashy Little Torch:
American Redstart

One of our most recognizable wood warblers, the eye-catching American Redstart is named for the male's vivid reddish-orange tail patches; "start" is an old English word for tail. In Latin America, this redstart is often called candelita, or "little torch."

American Redstarts winter in Central America, northern South America, and the Caribbean, including the island of Hispaniola, where they share habitat with the Bay-breasted Cuckoo and other rare birds. This species can also be seen in other reserves supported by ABC and partners, including El Dorado and Cerulean Warbler reserves in Colombia.

Read full account and hear this warbler's song >>

American Redstart by Gerald A. DeBoer

3 years ago

What a gorgeous little bird! He is so pretty and fluffy. Now - to the job at hand of restoring his habitat.

Thanks, Lynn.

Bird of the Week - 11/28/14
3 years ago

Colorful Cúa:
Bay-breasted Cuckoo

This cuckoo species, found only in the Dominican Republic, is nicknamed "Cúa" after its most distinctive call. Like other cuckoo species, it is a skulker and can be very hard to find in the tree canopy, where it is most easily located by sound. (Read about Andrew Rothman’s quest to find the Cúa in ABC's blog.)

The Bay-breasted Cuckoo occurs in four protected areas in the Dominican Republic, with its stronghold likely the Loma Charco Azul Reserve, which it shares with other endangered birds including Hispaniolan Trogon, Black-capped Petrel, and Bicknell's Thrush. It's also found in Sierra de Bahoruco, Sierra de Neiba, and Nalga de Maco national parks.

Read full account and hear the Cúa's call >>

Bay-breasted Cuckoo, Cesar Abrill

The Cua
3 years ago

Bay-breasted Cuckoo, Cesar Abrill

The Bay-breasted Cuckoo is truly a rarity, with a population of about 1,500. A small reserve in the Dominican Republic called Loma Charco Azul provides habitat for many of the remaining birds. It’s a sanctuary from the habitat destruction that surrounds it.

Some might have given up on this place. But at ABC, we don't back down from a challenge. We have worked successfully with partners to preserve—and even strengthen—this refuge for the cuckoo and other rare species.

What can you do to help Bay-breasted Cuckoo? Watch this video and take action! >>

3 years ago

Whooping Crane, visceralimage/Shutterstock


Whooping Cranes Need Bird-Smart Wind Energy

Endangered Whooping Cranes may be casualties of a plan to install 75 wind turbines in the species' migration corridor in North Dakota. While supportive of well-planned and properly sited wind energy, ABC and the International Crane Foundation have sent a letter to federal officials raising concerns about the impacts of this facility on cranes and other birds.

See press release on "Major Bird Conservation Groups Oppose Wind Energy Project" >>

3 years ago

Take Action: Stand Up for Yellow-billed Cuckoo

The western population of Yellow-billed Cuckoo has reached historic lows, and it was recently listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. Now, the federal government is deciding how much habitat to protect for the rapidly declining species. You can help: Stand up and let politicians know you support protecting habitat for this bird!

Comment in support of protecting more habitat >>


Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Barth Schorre

3 years ago

Pale-mandibled Aracari, Benjamin Skolnik


Ecuador BirdBlitz: One Country, 620 Species!

Our partner in Ecuador, the Jocotoco Foundation, hosted a birdathon-style fundraiser that resulted in the sighting of 620 bird species across 11 bird reserves (including the Pale-mandibled Araçari, pictured). The numbers tell the story: The is one of the richest countries in the world for bird diversity, and we’re proud of our ongoing efforts to support Jocotoco’s good work there!

Read about the BirdBlitz results >>

Dec. 22/14
3 years ago

Wow, that's quite a beak on that lovely bird above! Such good news, Lynn. The Jocotoco Foundation is doing wonderful things and it's so good to hear!

Here's a little chickadee in the snow looking for food. We have a lot of chickadees and he is probably my favourite summer bird. The male and female answer one another and it goes on for quite some time. It brings on a nostalgia of my childhood.


3 years ago

Thanks so much for keeping this thread going, Cheryl. I've been so behind and I apologize but there's a continuing mess in my apartment and I'm feeling the effects of it since the onset of this in October. Three months is a long time and it's not close to being over!!

I have three beautiful "Birds of the Week" to show you all. So get ready for some gorgeous winged beauties.

Bird of the Week - 12/5/14
3 years ago

Atlantic Forest Gold:
Saffron Toucanet

The Saffron Toucanet is known in Portuguese as "Araçari-banana," or Banana Toucanet. This colorful bird can be found in Brazil's Mata do Passarinho (also known as Stresemann's Bristlefront Reserve), where ABC and Fundação Biodiversitas, supported by PetroBras, have protected 1,468 acres of humid Atlantic Forest. Globally threatened species such as the Stresemann's Bristlefront and Banded Cotinga also occur here.

This bird's beauty is often its undoing, as it is captured illegally for the cage-bird trade. Other threats include habitat loss—the Atlantic Forest is one of the world’s most threatened biomes—and hunting.

Read full account and hear the toucanet's call >>

Saffron Toucanet, Glenn Bartley

Bird of the Week - 12/12/14
3 years ago

Brazilian Beauty:
Gilt-edged Tanager

This eye-catching tanager is found only in Brazil and is part of the genus Tangara, which includes some of the most spectacularly colored birds in South America, including the Green-headed Tanager.

Although it exists in one of the most threatened biomes on earth, the Atlantic Forest, the Gilt-edged Tanager is locally common and can be seen at ABC-supported reserves such as the Mata do Passarinho Reserve (also known as Stresemann's Bristlefront Reserve). Here, ABC and Fundação Biodiversitas, supported by PetroBras, have protected 1,468 acres of land to support rare species such as the Stresemann's Bristlefront and Banded Cotinga. The Saffron Toucanet is also found here.

Read full account and hear this bird's call >>

Gilt-edged Tanager, Ciro Albano

Bird of the Week - 12/19/14
3 years ago

Tiny Dancer:
Pin-tailed Manakin

The Pin-tailed Manakin is the only member of its genus and is found only in Brazil. Like other manakins such as the Araripe, it is sexually dimorphic: Males have flashy plumage, while females are a dull color. These small birds tend to be solitary but can occur within mixed flocks.

Like many species of the dwindling Atlantic Forest region, this bird's population is likely in decline due to ongoing habitat destruction. Pin-tailed Manakins can be found in the Mata do Passarinho reserve (also known as Stresemann's Bristlefront Reserve), where ABC and Fundação Biodiversitas, supported by PetroBras, have protected 1,468 acres. Threatened species such as the Stresemann's Bristlefront and Banded Cotinga occur here, as well as Gilt-edged Tanager and Saffron Toucanet.

Read full account and hear its call >>

Pin-tailed Manakin, Ciro Albano

3 years ago

Green-crowned Brilliant, Ondrej Prosicky/Shutterstock

At this special time of year and all year round, we wish you the wonder and inspiration of birds. Thank you for being part of the ABC community!

3 years ago


Across the Americas, rare bird species cling to life in the hemisphere's most threatened habitats. The Blue-billed Curassow (above left) of Colombia numbers as few as 250. The population of Bay-breasted Cuckoo (middle) is just 1,500, only in the Dominican Republic. And Stresemann's Bristlefront (right) of Brazil numbers fewer than 15 birds.


Hear from Bennett Hennessy on the challenge—and the reward—of saving rare species like the Stresemann's Bristlefront.

In response, working with in-country partners, we've created a network of more than 50 reserves spanning 15 countries, forming a life-support system for nearly half (29 of 63) of the hemisphere's rarest birds—including these three. This is rewarding work.


But there are still challenges. Thirty-four of these 63 most imperiled birds—known as Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) species—currently have no special protection.


With additional support, we know we can ensure a future for birds like the beautiful Bahama Oriole, found only on Andros Island in the Caribbean, and the Araripe Manakin, found in Brazil's rapidly disappearing Atlantic Forest. This work also benefits wintering migrants like the globally threatened Bicknell's Thrush.

There's no doubt that this will take hard work, tenacity, and innovation. But we have the knowledge, and the partners, to succeed. With your help, ABC can meet the goal of providing habitat protection for more than 50 percent of the most endangered bird species in Central and South America and the Caribbean. In addition to accelerating current projects, we can initiate new ones to extend a safety net to species with little or no protected habitat.

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3 years ago

The video above posted twice, so just disregard the second one.

3 years ago

Oh  my gosh , grey days and rain are sooo depressing  ughhhhhhhhhh


Bird of the Week - 12/26/14
3 years ago

Another gorgeous bird!

Hooded Berryeater

This colorful member of the cotinga family (a group that includes the Banded Cotinga) is found only in southeastern Brazil. It is closely related to the smaller and rarer Black-headed Berryeater, which looks similar but is found at lower elevations.

Like many Atlantic Forest endemics, this species’ population is suspected to be in decline because of ongoing habitat destruction. Hooded Berryeater can be found at Brazil’s Mata do Passarinho reserve (also known as Stresemann’s Bristlefront Reserve), established by ABC and Fundação Biodiversitas. Other birds that find refuge here are the Stresemann’s Bristlefront, Pin-tailed Manakin, and Gilt-edged Tanager.

Read full account and hear its call >>

Hooded Berryeater, Samuel Betkowski

3 years ago

Such colourful birds,dont see them here at least not in my garden

Bird of the Week - 1/2/15
3 years ago

Conservation Comeback:
Trumpeter Swan

The beautiful white Trumpeter Swan is named for its sonorous calls, which are often compared to the sounds of a French horn. This majestic swan is the largest waterfowl species native to North America, reaching up to 35 pounds, and is one of the heaviest flying birds in the world.

The Trumpeter once bred widely across North America, but by the early 20th century had declined to near-extinction because of market hunting and habitat loss. Although numbers have rebounded as a result of intensive conservation and habitat protection, Trumpeter Swans are still threatened by lead poisoning, collisions, illegal shooting, and habitat loss.

Read full account and hear its call >>

Trumpeter Swan, Critterbiz/Shutterstock

Bird of the Week - 1/9/15
3 years ago

Attila the Bird:
Ochraceous Attila

The Ochraceous Attila, named for its yellow-orange color, belongs to a genus of tyrant flycatchers with large heads and hooked bills. They are particularly predatory and aggressive—hence their scientific and common name, Attila, which refers to Attila the Hun.

It can be found at several Ecuadorian reserves owned and managed by ABC's in-country partner Fundación Jocotoco, including Buenaventura, where it occurs alongside the endangered El Oro Parakeet, and Río Canandé, which also shelters the Scarlet-breasted Dacnis and Great Green Macaw.

Read full account and listen to its loud call >>

Ochraceous Attila, Nick Athanas

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3 years ago

Yay, T. swans have made a comeback! But as all other birds, need attention, protection, and appreciation! Attila... such a name to carry for a pretty little yellow bird! He looks nothing like "the Hun" and I bet doesn't act like him either!

Gorgeous bird, Jill. I believe it's a form of a pigeon... I have another picture somewhere. Must try to find it because it has the bird's name.

Thanks Lynn and Jill.

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3 years ago

Cheryl dear, you're so right. All of our beautiful birds need care and protection. I'm so sorry to hear about your Bibby. First your dad and then you, had him for such a long time and he had a wonderful life with you.

Jill, thank you for the beautiful bird pictures. I don't know the name of the first bird picture you posted but he's gorgeous. The female peacock may not be as colorful as her male counterpart but she's lovely anyway. Like a bird bride.

3 years ago

HI Lynn great to see you!  Hi Jill!  Hi Cheryl how are you doing?

Love and big hugs.


Bird of the Week - 1/16/15
3 years ago

Worldwide Traveler:

The cosmopolitan Dunlin breeds in Arctic or subarctic regions around the world and has ten recognized subspecies. Birds breeding in Alaska and Canada migrate short distances to winter along the coastlines of North America.

Although widely distributed and currently abundant, Dunlin populations seem to be declining, and the species is listed on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List. Like other migratory shorebirds such as the Red Knot, Long-billed Curlew, and Buff-breasted Sandpiper, the Dunlin is threatened by habitat loss caused by wetland draining, global warming, and invasive plants, particularly at migration staging and wintering areas.

Read full account and listen to this bird's call >>

Dunlin, Paul Reeves Photography/Shutterstock

3 years ago

Lovely little bird, Lynn. So many migratory birds losing habitat. They know exactly where they are going to have rest spots, apparently, and it must be awful to find that spots you (if you are a bird) used last year are not there anymore. Canadian Geese rest in the Queen's garden for a period during migration. I watched a documentary recently about her wonderful garden made for birds, bees, animals, with everything 'natural' - no pesticides. They use garlic spray on their roses. Wonderful documentary if anyone gets to watch it.

Thanks, Lynn, as always. It's so good to see you posting here. Always thinking of you and you're in my prayers as well as my thoughts.

3 years ago

Bird of the Week - 1/23/15
3 years ago

Long-tailed Rarity:
Marvelous Spatuletail

The Marvelous Spatuletail, like so many of South America's hundreds of hummingbird species, has a name that is both charming and descriptive. This one occurs only in the Rio Utcubamba valley, in the Andes of northern Peru. Here, in a bid to prevent the species' extinction, ABC and Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos (ECOAN) helped establish the Huembo conservation easement in 2005.

The main threat to this hummingbird is habitat destruction, caused by illegal wood-cutting and burning for agriculture. Other threats include illegal hunting and invasive plants, which crowd out native flowering plants that provide food.

Read full account and see its beautiful display >>

Marvelous Spatuletail, Dubi Shapiro

3 years ago

Can you feed kitchen scraps to birds? Check here and find out.

3 years ago

Hi sweet sis. It's so good to see you! I think of you EVERY day, Lynn. Sending love and good energy with my thoughts.

It's lovely scrolling down this thread - it's a flurry of colour! Interesting article on the blackbirds. There are so many birds that flock together for the same reason, like all the little sparrows around here. It's so cute to see. They disappear into the blackberry bushes just down the hill from me at night. I don't blame all those lovely birds for crushing up together on cold nights! lol

Great article on the scraps to birds. WHO KNEW?! But I wonder about some of those scraps. The time they need food the most - in winter - we aren't supposed to give them bread and things that freeze. We have a bird sanctuary just down the path from us and there's always a warning sign about this. I suppose things could be given during a sunny day and then taken down before dark when it gets so cold. WONDERFUL Suet recipe! YUM! I will do that.

As always, thanks dear Lynn. We love this thread.

3 years ago

Found an interesting article on birds this morning.

Here is a photo of the Pied Falconet, they really are pretty

3 years ago

Couldn't resist adding this one, people are so creative!

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Wow, 20 unknown species! I love it when we discover something new, and I only hope they won't be captured and sold as pets!! Those Falconets are so absolutely adorable! They remind me of little owls, just the way they are all looking at something together.

Gorgeous pictures, Jill.

Everything here makes one smile and appreciate our world's beautiful birds. I can't imagine a world without them.

Here's that picture (I finally found it) that I think is the same as the one Jill posted above. They are GORGEOUS! It is a "Rare Pink Necked Green Pigeon also known as a 'Fruit Dove'."


3 years ago

Thanks so much Sue, Jill and Cheryl for your pictures and information.

Sue, I just love the creativity of the people who drew the bird family on the side of their house. And the three little falconets do indeed look like adorable owls as Cheryl said. Thanks for the contribution.

Jill, you always post such beautiful pictures and graphics. Thank you.

Cheryl, thanks for taking the time to discover the identity of the bird in Jill's picture. The fruit dove is a strickingly beautiful bird, especially when it's wings are extended.

I love this thread and I'm so glad that you all are as interested in the birds as much as I am.

Bird of the Week - 1/30/15
3 years ago

Trouble in the Treetops:
Cerulean Warbler

Although brightly colored, the sky-blue Cerulean Warbler is not easy to spot: It nests high in the forest canopy, where it can often be detected only by its rapid, buzzy song.

Unfortunately, the Cerulean Warbler has become even harder to find. Its population has declined by about 70 percent in the past 40 years, making it one of North America's most threatened migrant songbirds. The greatest threats are habitat destruction and fragmentation on both breeding and wintering grounds due to logging, mountaintop mining, and agricultural development.

Find out how ABC is working to save this species and hear its song >>

Cerulean Warbler, Ed Schneider/Shutterstock

Awesome New Site
3 years ago

National Audubon Society

Explore the world of birds with Audubon's completely re-imagined website.

You'll find the compelling stories and stunning photographs that you've come to expect from Audubon magazine along with new daily content offerings and a wealth of web-exclusive material.

Audubon's new mobile-friendly bird guide features exclusive bird descriptions from pre-eminent bird author Kenn Kaufman and illustrations from David Allen Sibley.

Simple instructions and testimonials from birders such as Jonathan Franzen and Jane Alexander make it easy to get into the world of birds.

Find out about Audubon's on the ground conservation work throughout the Americas.

Get involved with Audubon in your local community.

We hope you'll agree that conservation has a whole new look.

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3 years ago

Lynn, it is such a delightful 'trip' to scroll down this thread to see what bird is next! It's such a peaceful thread, and each picture reminds us of just how beautiful this world is. We must preserve the beautiful parts, and there are many. These birds are certainly a BIG part of that beauty!

What a gorgeous little Warbler and it's going to be fun to explore this Audubon site! Wow. Thanks, sis. Love you and always thinking of you. It's like reaching out and giving and getting hugs when you post!

Love you, Cheryl. ♥♥♥♥
3 years ago

Rare, Exotic and Beautiful Bird Species of the World Take the ultimate bird watching tour right from your seat! Click Here to Watch

Bird of the Week - 2/7/15
3 years ago

Tropical Turkey:
Blue-billed Curassow

The Blue-billed Curassow is one of the most endangered birds in the Americas. The species is a member of the Cracid genus, a group of large, ground-dwelling birds of tropical habitats that are closely related to turkeys and taste just as good to local people, who hunt them and take their eggs for food.

Blue-billed Curassow populations have also declined dramatically due to habitat loss in the Magdalena Valley, where most of the species' population lives. Huge areas of lowland forest have been razed to create clearings for livestock and crops, illegal coca farms, oil extraction, and mining.

Read full account and hear the bird's call >>

Blue-billed Curassow, Fundacion ProAves

3 years ago

I love you too, Lynn.

The exotic birds on that link are AMAZING! The first one with the big red head looks like a child's stuffed animal, but I couldn't take my eyes off of the owl parrot - so ancient looking, like from the dinosaur era! Haven't seen most of these birds before, ever. Wow. That's quite a trip!

I will have to go back and finish the owl link. These are fascinating birds of prey. Like the eagles, it's hard to watch when they swoop down and get some little animal (I don't look at that part) but there usually are young ones they are taking this food to - the journey of life!

That last little fella with the long legs - I've never seen him before either! Such a cutie!

Thanks so much, Lynn. I learn something new every time I come here. So good to see your posts again.  

Sneaky Little Hummingbird :-)
3 years ago

3 years ago

Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech-Owl (Photo by Brad Wilson)


Ravishing Raptors: An Owl Lover’s Gallery

Explore this stunning gallery of some of the world’s most entrancing birds. Nature photographer Brad Wilson is an expert at very close-up portraits. He spent hours with each owl trying to capture its essence. We think you’ll give him top marks. Read More→

3 years ago

Yellow crowed Night heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. (Photo by Carl Velie / Audubon Photography Awards)


A New Window on the World of Birds

The new Audubon website combines the splendid photography and award-winning writing of Audubon magazine with news and conservation actions from the National Audubon Society. In addition, you’ll find a mobile-friendly North American field guide (written by bird author extraordinaire Kenn Kaufman and illustrated by David Allen Sibley), along with a brand-new home for John James Audubon’s legendary Birds of America watercolors. Read More→

Bird of the Week - 2/13/15
3 years ago

Early Successional Specialist:
Golden-winged Warbler

The dainty Golden-winged Warbler can at first be mistaken for a chickadee because of its black mask and bib and its nonstop activity.

The species has suffered one of the steepest population declines of any songbird—a 66 percent reduction since 1966&mdashrimarily due to loss of the early-successional forest habitat used for breeding. It also suffers from competition and hybridization with Blue-winged Warblers, cowbird parasitism, and loss of wintering habitat in Latin America.

See the bird in action and find out how
we're working to save it >>

Golden-winged Warbler, Glenn Bartley

got a few groups back. I'm so happy
3 years ago

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