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Crows Are Smart Than You Think!
2012-09-11 14:29:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If crows ever freaked you out before, then you´re in for a whole new set of chill bumps. New research indicates that crows are able to recognize faces and associate them with feelings. Scientists writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said that crows have human-like ways of attaching negative and positive emotions to particular faces. “The regions of the crow brain that work together are not unlike...

2012-09-09 23:01:31

A public library branch had been plagued for years by pigeons roosting and nesting on the property. Both the mess they left behind and their increasing population prompted residents in the surrounding neighborhood to register complaints with the city. The installation of Bird Barrier products drove away birds while maintaining the aesthetic of the library's unique architecture. Carson, CA (PRWEB) September 09, 2012 Site inspection revealed that a previous attempt a bird control was made,...

2012-09-08 23:03:58

At a four-story fitness center, birds had found their comfort zone. A bird relocation strategy based on Bird Barrier products restored the roof top experience for gym members. Carson, CA (PRWEB) September 07, 2012 Seagulls and pigeons were firmly entrenched on structural windscreens, under HVAC Equipment, and in nooks on the roof. All of which was next to both a basketball court and a pool area. Due to its proximity to club members, the risk associated with the bacteria, fungal agents, and...

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...

Native Birds Can Be Helped With Native Landscaping In Urban Areas
2012-08-23 08:04:02

A recent study of residential landscape types and native bird communities in Phoenix, Ariz., suggests that yards mimicking native vegetation and wildlands offer birds 'mini refuges,' helping to offset the loss of biodiversity in cities A recent study of residential landscape types and native bird communities in Phoenix, Ariz., led by a University of Massachusetts Amherst urban ecologist suggests that yards mimicking native vegetation and wildlands offer birds "mini refuges," helping to...

2012-08-15 23:02:17

Duncraft, a leading supplier of wild bird feeding supplies, knows their customers want to attract as many different types of birds as possible to their bird feeders. However, many customers are not aware that some of the prettiest birds won´t eat seeds at a bird feeder–these birds are insect eaters. Customers can attract insect eating birds, with Duncraft´s wide variety of live mealworms and other insect foods. Concord, NH (PRWEB) August 14, 2012 Duncraft, a leading source...

2012-08-12 23:01:38

An urban school in the midwest had become the favorite roosting spot for large numbers of pigeons. The birds roosted on the school´s roof ledges leaving a mess below. Because the school´s facade is almost entirely windows, the maintenance staff faced the daily task of cleaning them. The company that handles pest control for the city's schools was called in to address the problem. Bird-Shock Flex-Track was installed to successfully deter the birds. Carson, CA (PRWEB) August 12, 2012...

Agroforests Are Better For Birds Than Farms
2012-08-07 12:52:39

Study indicates growing coffee and cacao in shade helps birds Compared with open farmland, wooded "shade" plantations that produce coffee and chocolate promote greater bird diversity, although a new University of Utah study says forests remain the best habitat for tropical birds. The findings suggest that as open farmland replaces forests and "agroforests" — where crops are grown under trees — reduced number of bird species and shifts in the populations of various types of...

Birds In New Zealand Face Extinction
2012-08-05 19:50:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Keys to survival today differ from those of the past. This is revealed in a new study of nearly 300 species of New Zealand birds – from pre-human times to the present. Lead author Lindell Bromham of Australian National University said, "Taking into consideration the growing number of studies that try to predict which species could be lost in the future based on what kinds of species are considered most threatened today the...

2012-08-03 01:06:24

New research explains why female cuckoos have evolved different guises To minimize the chance of being recognized and thus attacked by the birds they are trying to parasitize, female cuckoos have evolved different guises. The new research, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, was published today, 03 August, in the journal Science. The common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) lays its eggs in the nests of other birds. On hatching, the young cuckoo ejects the host's eggs and chicks...


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Ornithology
2013-10-09 12:32:30

Ornithology, a branch of zoology, is the study of birds. The term ornithology is derived from the ancient Greek words for bird and rationale or explanation. This study differs from other sciences because amateurs often take part in studies and because birds are commonly seen. It is thought that ornithology developed in the same manner than biology developed. Drawings from the Stone Age show the earliest interest in birds and the remains of over eighty bird species have been found at excavated...

Red Rail, Aphanapteryx bonasia
2013-10-02 13:35:50

The Red Rail (Aphanapteryx bonasia) is an extinct and flightless rail. It was native to the Mascarene island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar within the Indian Ocean. It had a close relative on Rodrigues Island, the likewise extinct Rodrigues Rail, with which it’s sometimes considered congeneric. Its relationship with other rail isn’t clear. Rails frequently evolve flightlessness when adapting to isolated islands. It was slightly larger than a chicken and had reddish and hair-like...

Lesser Frigatebird, Fregata ariel
2013-04-23 22:58:32

The Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel) is a species of frigate bird. In nests in Australia, along with other locations. There is a single recording from the Western Palearctic, from Eilat in the Gulf of Aqaba. The Lesser Frigatebird or Least Frigatebird is said to be the most common and widespread frigate bird in the Australian seas. It’s common in tropical seas breeding on isolated islands, including Christmas Island located in the Indian Ocean in recent years. These birds are most...

Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Cathartes burrovianus
2013-04-23 15:11:08

The Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus), also known as the Savannah Vulture, is a species of bird belonging to the New World Vulture family Cathartidae. It was considered to be the same species as the Greater Yellow-headed Vulture until they were separated in 1964. It can be found in Mexico, Central America, and South America in seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, heavily degraded former forests and swamps. It’s a large bird, with a wingspan of 59 to 65 inches. The...

Magnificent Frigatebird, Fregata magnificens
2013-04-23 14:48:18

The Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) was occasionally previously known as Man O’War or man of War, a reflection of its rakish lines, aerial piracy of other birds, and speed. It’s widespread in the tropical Atlantic, breeding colonially in the trees in Florida, the Caribbean and the Cape Verde Islands. In addition, it breeds along the Pacific coast of the Americas from Mexico to Ecuador including the Galapagos Islands, as well. It is known as a vagrant as far from its...

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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.