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2009-03-04 08:57:38

The wide-open spaces of the Flint Hills may no longer provide a secure home on the range for several familiar grassland birds, according to research by a Kansas State University ecologist and her colleagues.

2009-03-03 11:33:00

NEW CASTLE, Del., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Arkion(R) Life Sciences has received Section 18 approvals to market Avipel(R) Corn Seed Treatment in Michigan and Mississippi effective March 1, 2009.

2009-02-14 22:31:36

(All times Eastern) -0- Basketball NBA All-Star game at Phoenix, 8 p.m. -0- NCAA (11) Clemson at Virginia, 1 p.m. (20) Illinois at Indiana, 1 p.m. Loyola-Illinois at (15) Butler, 2 p.m. DePaul at (7) Louisville, 4 p.m. (5) Duke at Boston College, 5:30 p.m. (3) North Carolina at Miami-Florida, 7:45 p.m. Southern California at (18) Arizona State, 10 p.m. -0- Hockey NHL San Jose at New Jersey, 1 p.m. Philadelphia at N.Y.

2009-02-14 00:09:42

Researchers in Toronto are using tiny backpacks containing geolocator sensors to track songbirds on migration. Bridget Stutchbury, a biology professor at York University, said the research has revealed that scientists have underestimated how quickly the birds can travel. Stutchbury and her team placed miniaturized geolocators on 14 wood thrushes and 20 purple martins in 2007, tracking their journey from Pennsylvania to South America and back. They found the songbirds can fly more than 311...

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2009-02-13 14:26:32

"What you see is what you get" often is the mantra in the highly competitive life of birds, as they use brilliant displays of color to woo females for mating.

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2009-02-13 07:35:00

For the first time, scientists have been able to track a tiny outfit of songbirds to study their annual migrations between North America and the tropics.

2009-02-06 22:30:00

(All times Eastern) -0- Basketball NBA LA Clippers at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Miami at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Denver at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Memphis, 8 p.m. Detroit at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Chicago at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Minnesota at Houston, 8:30 p.m. -0- NCAA (16) Villanova vs.

2009-01-16 22:30:00

(All times Eastern) -0- Basketball NBA Boston at New Jersey, 1 p.m. Portland at Charlotte, 7 p.m. New Orleans at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at New York, 7:30 p.m. San Antonio at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Miami at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Utah at Dallas.

2009-01-03 15:34:46

Wisconsin wildlife officials say osprey and trumpeter swan populations have recovered enough to be removed from the state's endangered species list. The state's Natural Resources Board will to be asked to remove the birds from the list Jan.

2008-10-13 09:00:25

There's been another rare whooping crane sighting in North Dakota. State Game and Fish Department biologist Mike Szymanski says two of the birds were spotted recently in Benson County, feeding in a field with sandhill cranes. A whooping crane also has been sighted in Emmons County this fall.


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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