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2012-09-16 23:03:58

The concentration of skyscrapers in this downtown district creates a wind tunnel favored by soaring birds during their migration south for the winter. The unique pyramid structure atop this high-rise offered an abundance of surfaces where hundreds of turkey vultures had taken up residence. Bird Barrier's Bird-Shock Flex-Track drove the birds away. Carson, CA (PRWEB) September 15, 2012 The building manager found that it was hard to miss the gathering of large birds on the building. Their...

Song Is Louder For A Cuckolded Male
2012-08-24 09:11:04

Rock sparrows indicate their age and their reproductive success with their songs and react to infidelity with a higher song volume The song of male songbirds is multifaceted and has two main functions: to repel rivals and to attract mates. Females often pay attention to certain features within a song, such as the presence of special syllables, to assess the quality of the singing male. A team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen and the University of...

Record Giant Burmese Python Caught In Florida
2012-08-15 05:50:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Florida's infestation of the Giant Burmese python species has gained even more ground this week, as scientists announced a record has been set in the state for the alien snake species. The biggest Burmese python ever caught in the Florida wilderness has been reported in the Everglades, measuring 17-feet, 7-inches. The snake weighs 165 pounds and was found in Everglades National Park, according to the University of Florida....

2012-08-13 15:39:23

University of Florida researchers curating a 17-foot-7-inch Burmese python, the largest found in Florida, discovered 87 eggs in the snake, also a state record. Scientists at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus examined the internal anatomy of the 164.5-pound snake Friday. The animal was brought to the Florida Museum from Everglades National Park as part of a long-term project with the U.S. Department of the Interior to research methods for managing the state´s...

2012-07-12 10:47:34

Social birds that forgo breeding to help to raise the offspring of other group members are far more likely to care for their own close relatives than for more distant kin, a new study has found. The study, which looked at a highly social species from outback Australia, the chestnut-crowned babbler, also found that these birds work much harder to care for their brothers and sisters than the young of less-related group members. The findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the...

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2012-07-09 14:13:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Research has revealed just what is behind a birds' song, shedding more light on nature's melody. Canadian researchers found that closely related birds that share the same habitat are not necessarily birds of the same feather that flock together in music, but instead tend to look and sound different. The team studied 250 bird species throughout the world and were able to compile a database of where the birds lived, and what they...

Better Looking Birds Get More Help With Their Chicks
2012-06-25 10:03:20

In choosing a mate both males and females rely on visual cues to determine which potential partner will supply the best genes, best nesting site, best territory, and best parenting skills. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Frontiers in Zoology shows that male blue tits' (Cyanistes caeruleus) parental behavior is determined by female ornamentation (ultraviolet coloration of the crown), as predicted by the differential allocation hypothesis (DAH). DAH makes the...

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2012-06-02 12:15:59

Researchers at Oregon State University have created a new computer technology to listen to multiple bird sounds at one time, to identify which species are present and how they may be changing as a result of habitat loss or climate change. The system, one of the first of its type, should provide an automated approach to ecological monitoring of bird species that is much more practical than a human sitting in the field, hours on end. “It´s difficult to hear and identify even...

6.8 Million Birds Die Each Year At Communication Towers
2012-04-26 06:38:56

More than 6 million birds die every year as they migrate from the United States and Canada to Central and South America, according to a new study published Apr. 25 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The birds are killed by the 84,000 communication towers that dot North America and can rise nearly 2,000 feet into the sky. "This is a tragedy that does not have to be," said lead author Travis Longcore of the University of Southern California. The taller the tower the greater the threat, the...


Latest Animals Reference Libraries

Paralvinella sulfincola
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Paralvinella sulfincola is a species of worm in the Alvinellidae family. It lives among undersea hot-water vents, thriving in the hottest of waters, at temperatures that would kill most animals. This characteristic makes it an extremophile or hyperthermophile. Having the unique ability to withstand extremely hot water from hydrothermal openings enables this stalk-like worm to feed on bacteria that other animals cannot reach. It is difficult to know exactly what temperatures this species...

Giant Feather Duster Worm, Eudistylia polymorpha
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Giant Feather Duster Worm (Eudistylia polymorpha) is a species of marine polychaete worm of the Sabellidae family. Its range extends along the western coast of North America, from Alaska to California. It is most commonly found in the intertidal zone in tide pools and in the neritic (coastal) zone at depths up to 1,375 feet. It is often found in groups along rocks, reefs, pilings, wharves and marinas. Its common name comes from the crown of tentacles extended when the animal is under...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.