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2008-06-27 12:02:21

By Jeremy Manier and Tim De Chant, Chicago Tribune Jun. 27--When a falcon swoops from the sky to seize its fleeing prey, no one would mistake the sleek predator for a gaudy parrot. Yet the secret kinship of falcons and parrots is one of many surprises in a landmark genetic study of 169 bird species being published by Field Museum researchers. The lovely birds we see each day may never look quite the same again. One likely consequence of the study in Friday's edition of the journal...

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2008-06-26 09:50:00

Observing local birds' 'mob' behavior helps migrants avoid predators, say Queen's biologists Migrating songbirds take their survival cues from local winged residents when flying through unfamiliar territory, a new Queen's University-led study shows. It's a case of "When in Rome, do as the Romans do," says biologist Joseph Nocera, who conducted the research while working as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at Queen's under the supervision of Biology professor Laurene Ratcliffe. Avoiding predators...

2008-06-19 09:00:28

CONDOR VIEWING DAY It will be possible to see one of the world's largest and rarest birds this month. On Saturday, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will hold a California condor viewing event. The Day of the Condor event is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lava Point near Kolob Reservoir in southwestern Utah. Biologists from the DWR, the National Park Service and the Peregrine Fund will be available to answer questions, distribute information and help locate the condors....

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2008-06-02 14:40:00

A manipulation of breast feather color results in higher testosterone levels for male barn swallowsIn the world of birds, where fancy can be as fleeting as flight, the color of the bird apparently has a profound effect on more than just its image. A new study of barn swallows reveals it also affects the bird's physiology.A team of researchers, including one from Arizona State University, found in an experiment that involved artificially coloring the breast feathers of male barn swallows the...

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2008-05-05 10:40:00

A team of volunteers in Idaho plans to attach a prosthetic beak to a disfigured eagle found in the wild.When the eagle, named Beauty, was discovered in an Alaskan landfill in 2005, most of her upper beak had been shot off. She was literally starving to death, caretakers said, because she could no longer tear at her food.For two years, Beauty was hand fed at a bird recovery center in Anchorage. Caretakers had hoped to see her beak re-develop, but it no progress was seen, and in 2007 she was...

2008-02-07 09:25:31

Leaving out bird seed in the cold winter months can benefit the adults and their young come breeding season, a new study finds, though ornithologists are divided on the big picture when it comes to feeding our feathered friends. The backyards and gardens of many houses feature perches or feeders with a ready supply of seeds or other snacks for birds to feed on. Households in the United States and the United Kingdom put out over 1 billion pounds (500 million kilograms) of food,...

2007-05-21 18:34:47

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - Cliffs and trails leading to them have been closed in eight areas around Vermont to protect nesting peregrine falcons. The areas will remain closed until Aug. 1 unless a falcon pair does not nest or they're unsuccessful at nesting, the Fish and Wildlife Department said. "The areas closed include the portions of the cliffs where the birds are nesting and the trails leading to the cliff tops or overlooks," said Doug Blodgett, a biologist with the Fish and Wildlife...

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2007-05-14 08:25:00

BONN, Germany - Disoriented by erratic weather, birds are changing migration habits and routes to adjust to warmer winters, disappearing feeding grounds and shrinking wetlands, a migration expert says. Failure to adapt risks extinction. Birds face starvation when they arrive too early or too late to find their normal diet of insects, plankton or fish. In the north, some birds have stopped migrating altogether, leaving them at risk when the next cold winter strikes. "Species that adapted to...

2007-04-03 01:20:12

By Michael M. DeWit Jr. EARLY BRANCH, S.C. - When Dewey Wise purchased 1,400 acres in 2004, he had one thing in mind - to create a wildlife habitat. After years of hard work, the retired Charleston lawyer recently was honored as a Wild Turkey Woodlands National Outstanding Land Steward Award winner. The award is given to landowners who practice sound, active land management for wildlife and community and federation chapter involvement. "I just enjoy wildlife and creating wildlife...

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2007-03-31 09:38:52

SAN FRANCISCO -- A peregrine falcon shrieked as scientists snatched three eggs from his precarious perch beneath the Bay Bridge to save the chicks from a deadly fall or car collision when they hatch. University of California, Santa Cruz, biologist Brian Latta on Friday removed the eggs from a narrow beam about 200 feet above San Francisco Bay. "It's the most dangerous place in the world for them," said Latta. Latta moved in after the female parent left the male parent alone to defend the...


Latest Birds of North America Reference Libraries

Sharp Tailed Grouse, Tympanuchus phasianellus
2013-10-07 11:50:53

The Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) is a prairie grouse of medium size. It has also known as the sharptail, and is known as “fire grouse” or “fire bird” by Native American Indians because of their reliance on brush fires to keep their habitat open. Six extant and one extinct subspecies of Sharp-tailed Grouse have been described. This grouse along with the Greater Prairie-chicken and the Lesser Prairie-chicken make up the genus Tympanuchus, which is a genus of grouse...

Hooded Crane, Grus monacha
2013-04-24 12:13:58

The Hooded Crane (Grus monacha) is a small, dark colored crane. Its body is grey and the top of the head and neck is white, except for a patch of bare red skin above they eye. It’s one of the smallest cranes, but is still a fairly large bird, a 3.3 ft in length, weighing 8.2 pounds and a wingspan of 6.2 feet. It breeds in south-central and southeastern Siberia. Breeding is also assumed to occur in Mongolia. Over 80% of its population winters at Izumi, southern Japan. There are also...

Gunnison Grouse, Centrocercus minimus
2013-04-23 23:18:44

The Gunnison Grouse (Centrocercus minimus) is a species of grouse endemic to the United States, where it is known as the Gunnison Sage-Grouse. It’s similar to the closely related Greater Sage-Grouse in its appearance but about a third smaller in size, with much thicker plumes behind its head; it also has a less complex courtship dance. It’s restricted in range to southwestern Colorado and extreme southeastern Utah, with the largest population residing in the Gunnison Basin region in...

Masked Duck, Nomonyx dominicus
2013-04-23 13:09:51

The Masked Duck (Nomonyx dominicus) is a small stiff-tailed duck ranging through the tropical Americas. They’re found from Mexico to South America and also in the Caribbean. They are primarily non-migratory. Masked Ducks are reported as very uncommon vagrants in the southernmost part of the United States, along the Mexican border and in Florida. Being the only member of the genus Nomonyx, it’s intermediate between the rather primitive Black-headed Duck (Heteronetta) and the very...

White-headed Duck, Oxyura leucocephala
2013-04-22 14:37:37

The White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) is a petite stiff-tailed duck. The adult males have a reddish and grey body, a blue bill, and a largely white head with black cap and neck. The adult females have a brown-grey body with a white face and a darker bill, cheek stripe and cap. On average, its length is 17 to 19 inches and the weight is 1.3 to 1.7 lbs. This duck breeds in Spain and North Africa, with a bigger population in western and central Asia. Their breeding habitat is large...

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