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Birds Evolved Distinctive Patterns To Identify Cuckoo Eggs From Their Own
2014-06-19 03:13:09

University of Cambridge For some birds, recognizing their own eggs can be a matter of life or death. In a new study, scientists have shown that many birds affected by the parasitic Common Cuckoo - which lays its lethal offspring in other birds' nests - have evolved distinctive patterns on their eggs in order to distinguish them from those laid by a cuckoo cheat. The study reveals that these signature patterns provide a powerful defense against cuckoo trickery, helping host birds to...

2014-02-27 23:25:50

Vebo Pet Supplies is now offering the best quality Bird Cages in Australia. This specialised pet enclosure supplier in Sydney stocks one of the largest ranges of cages for all kinds of pets including cats, dogs, ferret and many more. Sydney (PRWEB) February 27, 2014 In fact, the quality they showcase is unbeatable. Elaborating it further, a spokesperson added, “We stock a range of larger metal bird cages that are great for parrots like Lorikeets, Parakeets, African Greys, Eclectus, and...

2014-02-04 23:30:08

Seeking to solve the overpopulation problem of exotic animals, the North East Parrot Placement Cooperative and Foster Parrots have paired with Animal Support to develop a parrot adoption website. Both organizations are grateful for the continued support of Animal Support cofounders – Julian Omidi, Maria Abaca and Dr. Michael Omidi. (PRWEB) February 04, 2014 The North East Parrot Placement Cooperative thanks Animal Support cofounders Julian Omidi, Maria Abaca, and Dr. Michael Omidi for...

2014-01-31 23:22:15

During the Super Bowl most people have large gatherings at their house with lots of food and often times adult beverages sitting around. Here are a few tips to keep pets safe during Super Bowl parties while they around food and large groups of people. Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) January 31, 2014 The end of the football season is upon us. For many fans, this marks a sad time of the year when football will be off of television for six months. However, the world is given one last great Sunday...

2014-01-30 23:30:22

Animal Support and its cofounders -- Dr. Michael Omidi, Maria Abaca, and Julian Omidi -- are partnering with the North East Parrot Placement Cooperative and Foster Parrots to fund development of a website dedicated to finding suitable homes for healthy companion parrots whose owners want or need to surrender them. (PRWEB) January 30, 2014 Animal Support has pledged to help the North East Parrot Placement Cooperative, and the bird rescue association Foster Parrots by funding the...

Tree Sparrows Recognize Foreign Eggs In Their Nest By Color And Shape
2013-12-11 09:23:39

University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna Many birds have reason to worry that the eggs in their nest might not be their own: birds often deposit eggs into other nests and it is not easy for parents to tell their eggs from others. Researchers at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna have discovered that tree sparrows can recognize eggs deposited by other tree sparrows but do not always reject them. The results are published in the online journal Plos One. Building a nest, laying...

Honeyguide Birds Destroy Their Own Species' Eggs To Eliminate Competition
2013-08-21 09:19:04

University of Cambridge Scientists believe behavior drives evolution of egg size similar to hosts Like cuckoos, honeyguides are parasitic birds that lay their eggs in other birds' nests and dupe them into raising their young. Now scientists reveal that, unlike in cuckoos, the resemblance between honeyguide eggs and those of their bee-eater bird hosts hasn't evolved to trick hosts into accepting the imposter egg as one of their own. Rather, it appears to have evolved to trick other...

Eggshells Of The Guillemot Are Self-Cleaning
2013-07-05 09:23:16

Society for Experimental Biology Unique nano-structures on guillemot eggshells eggs enable them to survive precarious habitats, on exposed cliffs with no nest. A new study, to be presented at the Society for Experimental Biology meeting in Valencia on July 5, shows how these structures act as self-cleaning guardians of the eggs, preventing them from falling and protecting them from salt and guano exposure. The team of researchers headed Dr Steven Portugal (Royal Veterinary College,...

2013-06-06 23:02:24

City Chicks - Taking eating local to a new level at Livingston Farmers Market (PRWEB) June 06, 2013 A new trend, raising chickens for fresh eggs, is now popular within the city limits. Concern about factory farming practices has urban dwellers taking their shopping to local farmers markets or better yet, their own backyards. From the suburbs to the city centers, chicken coops are springing up everywhere. The trend is typically with younger families with small children or younger singles....

Texas Researchers Sequence Entire Genome Of Scarlet Macaw
2013-05-14 09:24:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In what is being hailed as a “groundbreaking” advancement in the fields of avian evolution, biology and conservationism, researchers from the Texas A&M University (TAMU) College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences have successfully sequenced the complete genome of a Scarlet macaw. Dr. Christopher Seabury and Dr. Ian Tizard of the College Station, Texas-based university´s Schubot Exotic Bird Health...


Latest Aviculture Reference Libraries

Faverolles
2014-06-19 07:39:04

The Faverolles is a breed of domestic chicken that was developed in France in the 1860s, most often used for egg and meat production. When the breed was introduced to the United Kingdom in 1886, it was bred for show purposes and changed to have a more favorable appearance, but this did not affect its ability to lay eggs efficiently. The weight of the Faverolles depends upon the standards of the country in which it is bred, with American standards calling for cocks to weigh eight pounds and...

Carolina Parakeet, Conuropsis carolinensis
2014-04-18 11:57:25

The Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) or the Carolina Conure was a small green colored Neotropical parrot with brilliant yellow colored head, reddish orange face and pale beak that was native to the eastern, Midwest, and plains states of the United States and was the only indigenous parrot within its range. It was found from southern New York and Wisconsin to Kentucky, Tennessee and the Gulf of Mexico from the Atlantic seaboard to as far west as eastern Colorado. It resided in...

Pink Pigeon, Columba mayeri
2009-06-04 23:10:27

The Pink Pigeon (Columba mayeri) is a species of bird of the Columbidae family, which includes doves and pigeons. It is endemic to Mauritius and is very rare. It is found only on the Mascarene Island of Mauritius. Once being found on the larger Reunion Island, it is now extinct there. It is found in patches of forest in the National Park area to the southwest, and in the nature reserve Ile aux Aigrettes off the southeast coast of Mauritius. There are plans to release some individuals in the...

Blue-winged Macaw, Primolius maracana
2009-06-04 22:44:54

The Blue-winged Macaw (Primolius maracana) is a species of parrot found in central and eastern South America. In the pet trade, this species is known as Illiger's Macaw. It is found in eastern and southern Brazil, eastern Paraguay, and formerly (not confirmed) in north-eastern Argentina. Its habitat is evergreen and deciduous forests. Due to capture for the pet trade, this species has declined in population in the wild in the southern parts of its range. This species has been considered...

Green-winged Macaw, Ara chloropterus
2009-06-04 22:36:32

The Green-winged Macaw (Ara chloropterus), also known as the Red-and-green Macaw, is a species of parrot found throughout northern South America. Although this is the most common macaw in the wild, its numbers are declining due to habitat loss and illegal capture for the pet trade. The breast of the Green-winged Macaw is bright red. The lower feathers of the wing are green. The reddish tail is surrounded by teal feathers. There are red lines around the eyes. This is a large, strong bird...

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