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Your online guide to birds and bird watching

Your online guide to birds and bird watching
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Bird Thought Extinct Found Living On Pacific Islands Bird Thought Extinct Found Living On Pacific Islands Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 by eNature Bryan's Shearwater © Smithsonian Institution Location of Ogasawara Islands Larus michahellis (Yellow-legged Gull) ARKive {{legendclass}} Protected Areas Imagery Imagery with Labels Fairy Penguin Chicknappers Caught and 'Dirk' is Rescued - Three Australian men who stole a fairy penguin released the bird into shark-infested waters. - Dirk the fairy penguin was found by a couple who used their smartphone to google 'lost penguin'. Dirk, a fairy penguin stolen from an Australian marine park, has been safely returned, but not before being hounded by a dog and chased by another animal, possibly a shark. Police allege three young men broke into Sea World on Queensland's Gold Coast on Saturday night, swam in the dolphin enclosure and then stole seven-year-old Dirk as they made their escape.

Scrapes, Granaries & Bowers: The Wide World of Avian Architecture iStockphoto / Terry Wilson Peter Goodfellow's recent book, , captures a lifetime of not just observing birds but the unsung structures they create. Bird nests can be simple or elaborate, as small as a hazelnut, like this hummingbird nest, or enormous, weighing several tons. They can last a few weeks or a century, and can be isolated or one among a half million of similar nests. Divided into 12 chapters based on types of nests and other avian construction, the book revives Goodfellow's "schoolboy excitement of 'bird nesting'" with case studies from around the world accompanied by intricate line drawings and blueprints, as well as hundreds of photos.

S.F.'s parrots join flight to the suburbs The wild parrots of Telegraph Hill, apparently jaded by city life, have headed for the suburbs. The goofy, green birds are now the mild parrots of Brisbane. "We've got a pool, a park, and now we've got parrots. They make more noise than the airplanes," said Ron Davis, a Brisbane real estate agent and longtime resident. San Francisco's famed flock of cherry-headed conures, immortalized in an award-winning movie and book, has become so populous that about 100 or so birds have fled San Francisco for the verdant slopes of San Bruno Mountain, where they're feasting on juniper and hawthorn berries and delighting the locals with their acrobatics.

BBC Nature - Bird sings song with heavy wings 16 June 2012Last updated at 01:02 By Alejandra Martins Reporter, BBC Nature The male club-winged manakin performs its mating call The only bird known to sing with its wings contains some secrets of its performance in its bones, researchers have found. The club-winged manakin, which lives in the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador, performs a mate-attracting song by rubbing its wings together. A Cornell University team from the US scanned its bones. When Good Tweets Go Bad Language seems to set humans apart from other animals, but scientists cannot just hand monkeys and birds an interspecies SAT to determine which linguistic abilities are singularly those of Homo sapiens and which we share with other animals. In August neuroscientists Kentaro Abe and Dai Watanabe of Kyoto University announced that they had devised the next-best thing, a systematic test of birds’ grammatical prowess. The results suggest that Bengalese finches have strict rules of syntax: The order of their chirps matters. “It’s the first experiment to show that any animal has perceived the especially complex patterns that supposedly make human language unique,” says Timothy Gentner, who studies animal cognition and communication at the University of California, San Diego, and was not involved in the study. Finches cry out whenever they hear a new tune, so Abe and Watanabe started by having individual birds listen to an unfamiliar finch’s song.

Brightly colored bird bills indicate good health The colour of a female bird's bill has an important biological purpose, according to new Queen's research. Troy Murphy has found female bill colour reflects the health of the bird. Females with more colourful bills have higher antibody levels, indicating greater strength and the ability to fight off invaders. "This is so exciting because it means a bird facing a rival with a colourful bill will be able to assess the rival's health and thus assess whether the rival will have lots of energy to invest in a fight," says Dr. Murphy, who conducted his research at the Queen's University Biological Station.

Rare white kiwi survives surgery 31 October 2011Last updated at 17:45 By Jennifer Carpenter Science reporter, BBC News Kiwis lay eggs that can be up to one quarter of their body weight The world's only known white kiwi has survived surgery to remove stones from her gizzard, reports a New Zealand Wildlife Centre.

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