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BIRDS appeared 160 MYA and have since become the most diverse group of land animals on the planet today. Spread from the Arctic to the Antarctic, the 10,000 species of birds range in all colors, shapes and sizes — from the 2in Bee Hummingbird to the 9ft Ostrich.

Photographer's remarkable hummingbird images taken using handheld feeders. Endangered Birds.

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Dapper Inca Tern striking handlebar moustache. By Phil Vinter Published: 09:46 GMT, 10 July 2012 | Updated: 16:45 GMT, 10 July 2012 This dapper chap is preened to perfection with its crisp white facial hair resembling a perfect handlebar moustache.

Dapper Inca Tern striking handlebar moustache

The Inca Tern's curious plumage contrasts with its black body, red beak and yellow facial markings. Photographer Kathryn Lisko snapped the bird at Milwaukee County Zoo in her home city in Wisconsin, United States. "Biloela" series by Leila Jeffreys. More information Who is Major Mitchell?

"Biloela" series by Leila Jeffreys

He was a Scottish- born Australian explorer and surveyor whose full title and name was: Lieutenant Colonel Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell. He wrote fondly of these Cockatoos but not so fondly of Australia’s countryside. “Few birds more enliven the monotonous hues of the Australian forest than this beautiful species whose pink-coloured wings and flowing crest might have embellished the air of a more voluptuous region.” Male Japanese Paradise Flycatcher with chick. Northern White-faced Owl transforms. Black Browed Albatrosses from South Africa photgraphed by Frans Lanting. Random photo Submit your photo Stumble Thru animal photography, nature photography Tags: africa bird.

Black Browed Albatrosses from South Africa photgraphed by Frans Lanting

How Birds See the World. Recent studies reveal a surprising new picture of how birds see the world Authors.

How Birds See the World

Alex, the incredibly intelligent African Grey Parrot. Elephant bird. Description[edit] Size of Aepyornis maximus (centre, in purple) compared to a human, an ostrich (second from right, in maroon), and some non-avian theropoddinosaurs.

Elephant bird

Each gridline is one meter in height The elephant birds, which were giant ratites native to Madagascar, have been extinct since at least the 17th century. Male Quetzal. Mike, the Headless Chicken. September 10th, 1945 finds a strapping (but tender) young rooster pecking through the dust of Fruita, Colorado.

Mike, the Headless Chicken

The unsuspecting bird had never looked so delicious as he did that, now famous, day. Clara Olsen was planning on featuring the plump chicken in the evening meal. Fly bee eater by Vladimir Kucherenko. Green Heron baits fish with bread. Waterfowl above Mont Saint Michel. Orphaned baby owls Linford and Christie. By Nick Enoch Published: 10:54 GMT, 20 March 2012 | Updated: 14:13 GMT, 20 March 2012.

Orphaned baby owls Linford and Christie

6 Terrifying Ways Crows Are Way Smarter Than You Think. Mankind has a long and checkered past with crows and ravens: They have been feared as symbols of death, because they're all black and scary, revered as creators of the world because, well, it was either them or the seagulls, and worshiped as trickster gods, because of their baffling intelligence.

6 Terrifying Ways Crows Are Way Smarter Than You Think

Intelligent enough, in fact, for us to start worrying ... #6. They Can Remember Your Face. Male Asian Paradise Flycatcher. Sleeping hummingbird "snores" in Peru. Cher Ami. World War I service[edit] On October 3, 1918, Major Charles Whittlesey and more than 500 men were trapped in a small depression on the side of the hill behind enemy lines without food or ammunition.

Cher Ami

They were also beginning to receive friendly fire from allied troops who did not know their location. Surrounded by the Germans, many were killed and wounded in the first day and by the second day, just over 190[verification needed] men were still alive. Whittlesey dispatched messages by pigeon.[2] The pigeon carrying the first message, "Many wounded. We cannot evacuate. " was shot down. Tiger camera trap catches golden eagle vs. deer. Imagine wandering out to check your camera in the remote Far East of Russia, and finding the hide and skeleton of a sika deer, picked clean by something.

Tiger camera trap catches golden eagle vs. deer

Beautiful Bird Photography. Birds are beautiful creatures and with such a vast range of colourful species your sure to find a special photo opportunity. At the sight of an unusual bird your first thought would or will be to take a photo, so if this happens or you are a regular bird watcher here is some inspirational photographs for you to think about for the next time you discover a rare beauty! Please click any photograph you see below to find out more about the photographer’s photographic skill and possibly the secrets to great bird photography! If you’d like to know more about how to photograph birds please follow this link: How to photograph Birds Thank you to all the photographers that allow their photographs to be freely shared! All Photographs shown here are © All Rights Reserved. Theropod dinosaur evolution into Birds. Pelican enjoys a meal. Petting an owl. An owl's eye visible through its ear. How Chickens Lost Their Penises (And Ducks Kept Theirs)

If you’ve never seen a duck penis before, have a look at the infamous video above. Rare albino hummingbird photographed by Marlin Shank. A fifteen year old amateur photographer named Marlin Shank recently captured some images of an exceedingly rare creature: an albino hummingbird. Photography is a great way for people of all ages to connect with nature. Marlin Shank's photos of the albino hummingbird have been making the rounds on various online birding groups and Marlin's dad Kevin wrote a great nature photography lesson for Nature Friend magazine, which published the photos. Green Bee Eater. The rarest bird in USA: the Gunnison Sage-grouse. The Gunnison sage-grouse, a bird with an unusual “bubble pop” mating call and display, could be America’s rarest bird, according to avian experts. The bird was only discovered 13 years ago, and yet it’s already nearly a goner.

Today, fewer than 5,000 of these birds remain in the wild, and they are rapidly dwindling. PHOTOS: Animals Back From the Brink “In my view, the Gunnison sage-grouse is the most biologically endangered bird species in all of continental North America,” Cornell Lab of Ornithology director John Fitzpatrick said in a statement sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The chicken-sized bird has an amazingly unusual mating ritual. Fitzpatrick and others are paying attention to this bird now, as it’s a candidate for listing as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Man Gobbles at Turkeys ... Turkeys Gobble Back. Western Scrub Jay. Bleeding Heart Dove. Ravens have social abilities previously only seen in humans. Humans and their primate cousins are well known for their intelligence and social abilities.

Newborn Chicks. Eric Isselee photographed the newly hatched chicks of various rare birds. Surfing Duck. Lazy spider monkey hitches rides on parrots. Duck Run. Male and Female Superb fairy wren. Millions of Flamingos. July 26, 2012 at 12:00pm | by AP Wildlife photographer Martin Harvey captured these incredible images along the rivers in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley… Via: My Modern Met. Hoot! Owl cafés are the latest craze in Tokyo. New Gouldian finch population found in Kimberley. THE RARE AND BEAUTIFUL Gouldian finch is hardly ever seen on the Dampier Peninsula in the western Kimberley, but indigenous rangers have now found a population of the birds breeding there. The Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae) was once common in the savannah woodlands across northern Australia, but numbers have dwindled in the past 50 years. Calliope Hummingbird. A very rare Gynandromorph Cardinal. Bird at Spring. Kingfisher diving. 39 endangered African vultures killed by poison. Vermilion Flycatcher.

Thick-billed murre below ocean surface (Paul Nicklen) Asian Paradise Flycatcher [male] Birds of a feather. Cardinal. Gyrfalcon. Cactus Wren. Avian Vocalizations Center : What We're About. Przyrodnicza. Blue Jay. Bird Wing. Bird photos, bird pictures, sounds of birds.