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Penguin Chicks Vulnerable To Climate Change
2014-01-30 11:53:34

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Lacking their parents' waterproof feathers, penguin chicks covered in down can suffer and die from hypothermia after being exposed to drenching rain – despite efforts of their concerned parents to keep them safe. While previous studies have found that singular events, like a rare Antarctic rainstorm, can threaten penguin chicks, a new study in the journal PLOS ONE has identified the additional risk long-term climate change trends...

2014-01-24 23:01:40

Feeding wild birds since 1958, Perky-Pet brand has made new and updated versions based on consumer feedback on some of their most coveted bird feeders! Lititz, PA (PRWEB) January 24, 2014 Perky-Pet® celebrates long-awaited enhancements of four of their most popular hummingbird feeders. Admired by bird feeding enthusiasts nation-wide, the featured improvements will have hobbyists clearing store shelves. Consumers asked for it, and Perky-Pet® listened by adding improved features...

Active Nightlife Of Birds Driven By Desire To Reproduce
2014-01-23 10:04:09

University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences For a non-nocturnal bird, the yellow-breasted chat spends a significant amount of time visiting other birds' territories during the night. A University of Illinois researcher who was studying birds' movement during the day noticed that males were active almost every night, while the females were active at night but particularly during the window of time when they were fertile. "We were studying the...

How Do Pigeons Learn Their Way Around?
2014-01-22 11:54:29

University of Oxford A study has found that homing pigeons' ability to remember routes depends on the complexity of the landscape below, with hedges and boundaries between urban and rural areas providing ideal landmarks for navigation. Researchers from Oxford University, the Zoological Society of London and Uppsala University, Sweden released 31 pigeons from four sites around Oxford for an average of 20 flights each. The study, published in Biology Letters this week, found that pigeons...

2014-01-21 23:24:14

Irvine, California – January 21, 2014 Bird-B-Gone Inc. goes green with their new solar powered bird deterrent – The Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic. It’s available online for only $175 for a limited time! Irvine, California (PRWEB) January 21, 2014 The Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic is an audible bird control product that is powered by solar energy. The solar charge keeps the unit in operation all day. A light sensor shuts the unit off at night to conserve energy and to avoid disturbing...

Birds Of A Feather: V Formation Of Bird Flight Explained
2014-01-16 04:52:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online By fitting data loggers onto a flock of birds, researchers from the Royal Veterinary College in London have discovered why the creatures typically fly in a distinctive V formation, according to research appearing in the latest edition of the journal Nature. According to BBC News, Dr. Steven Portugal and his colleagues discovered that birds strategically position themselves in the optimal position, gaining lift from the bird in...

2014-01-15 23:00:53

Bird-B-Gone Inc.’s Bird-B-Gone University was recently audited for review and approval by the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). Bird-B-Gone received excellent remarks from the DPR as a four hour Continuing Education (CE) credit in Bird Control training. Irvine, California (PRWEB) January 15, 2014 Bird-B-Gone University, a bird control training course offered by Bird-B-Gone, was recently audited by the Department of Pesticide Regulation. The course covers many things commercial...

2014-01-14 08:22:43

The approved projects involve innovations in the areas of wind, fuel cells and energy storage TEL AVIV, Israel, January 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Israel's Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources (MEW) have selected four projects to receive $3.6 million under the 2013 Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD [http://www.birdf.com/?CategoryID=425 ]) Energy program. Each of the cooperative projects...

2014-01-10 23:01:52

Bird-B-Gone Inc. announces the newly patented technology on one of their products – Bird Jolt Flat Track™. The “anti-arcing” and “glue trough” design technology creates a safer electric track bird deterrent system. Irvine, CA (PRWEB) January 10, 2014 Bird Jolt Flat Track is a low profile, electric track bird deterrent system that produces a mild electrical shock when birds land on its surface. The shock will not harm birds, but will condition them to stay away from the area,...

Evolution Of Species Does Not Always Follow Darwin's Theories
2013-12-23 04:19:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Evolutionary scientists have long argued that species that live together must evolve in different ways in order to avoid direct competition with each other, but new research published Sunday in the journal Nature suggests otherwise. A team of researchers led by Dr. Joe Tobias of Oxford University's Department of Zoology studied ovenbirds, one of the most diverse families of birds in the world, in order to conduct an in-depth...


Latest Bird Reference Libraries

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
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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