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2009-01-28 13:40:00

An increase in snowy owl populations in the South suggests that the arctic species did so well in its northern breeding grounds last year that competition is driving the young ones to warmer climates, biologists told the Associated Press on Wednesday. Upstate New York and other northern states are considered the usual areas most snowy owls end up every winter. But researchers say this year several have been spotted farther south, in states where they're rarely seen. The first snowy owl...

2008-12-10 22:51:22

An animal protection officer and the fire brigade called out to rescue an owl in Rayleigh, England, only to learn the owl was a fake. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said an officer was sent to the scene after a mailman reported seeing an owl on a telephone pole that hadn't moved for days, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday. The officer observed the owl for hours and eventually called the fire brigade to mount a rescue. It was not until firefighters were preparing to...

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2008-12-10 16:33:47

Wildlife satellite studies could lead to a radical re-thinking about how the snowy owl fits into the Northern ecosystem. "Six of the adult females that we followed in a satellite study spent most of last winter far out on the Arctic sea ice," said Universit© Laval doctoral student Jean-Francois Therrien, who is working with Professor Gilles Gauthier as part of an International Polar Year (IPY) research project to better understand key indicator species of Canadian northern ecosystems....

2008-12-05 07:00:00

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Family-owned Kendall-Jackson Winery today announced a limited "green" holiday gift that offers an opportunity to adopt a wooden barn owl nesting box located on Kendall-Jackson'sHawkeye Mountain. The gift package includes wines made from grapes grown in the same vineyards the barn owls guard. Kendall-Jackson partnered with Marin-based non-profit Hungry Owl Project (hungryowl.org) to craft 100 boxes made from recycled and donated materials....

2008-10-06 15:00:17

BELFAST - Noted local bird authority Seth Benz will present "Embodied Silence: An Evening About Owls" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Belfast Free Library. Benz will explore some of what is known about owls living in the region, the myth and mystery surrounding them, their beauty, habits and habitats. He also will discuss the human association with owls, reaching back to the dawn of history and how, through owls, humankind has sought a more perfect sensory awareness of the world....

2008-09-17 06:00:25

By Pack Notes Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, that Berks County Mecca for migrating birds of prey, is now open for a 72nd season. Hawk watches are being held daily through Dec. 15. An average of 18,000 birds of prey will soar over the sanctuary's North Lookout 1,500 feet atop the Kittatinny Ridge. Trained staff announce approaching birds for the visiting public. Ospreys, bald eagles and American kestrels are featured in late summer. Broad-winged hawks build in mid September. The greatest...

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2008-09-10 08:58:01

Humans aren't the only ones who like fatty foods - bearded vultures do, too. A study by Antoni Margalida from the Bearded Vulture Study and Protection Group in El Pont de Suert, Spain, has found that the bearded vulture will discard less energy-dense bones and choose only the bones containing the highest fat content both for its consumption and delivery to its young. His findings1 will be published this week in the Springer journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. The bearded vulture is...

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2008-09-08 10:15:00

Captive breeding colonies of a critically endangered vulture, whose numbers in the wild have dwindled from tens of millions to a few thousand, are too small to protect the species from extinction, a University of Michigan analysis shows. Adding wild birds to the captive colonies, located in Pakistan and India, is crucial, but political and logistical barriers are hampering efforts, says lead author Jeff A. Johnson. The study was published online August 15 in the journal Biological...

2008-09-05 16:59:58

A shadow has fallen over endangered giant vultures whose captive populations are too small to save the species. Captive breeding colonies currently lack the genetic diversity to ensure survival for oriental white-backed vultures (Gyps bengalensis) in the wild, where the birds are dropping dead from feeding on drug-tainted meat. The vultures boast a seven-foot wingspan and thrived in South Asia until the mid-1990s, when people started using an anti-inflammatory drug...

2008-09-03 15:00:22

LEWISTON - A wildlife scientist at the San Diego Zoo will talk about a project to save the California condor from extinction at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bates College. Michael Wallace will talk about the California Condor Recovery Program in Carnegie Science Hall, Room 204. The presentation, sponsored by the Stanton Bird Club and Bates College, is free and open to the public. The last California condor was captured in 1987, when only 27 of the birds remained on Earth. The condor population had...


Latest Birds of prey Reference Libraries

Merlin, Falco columbarius
2013-05-18 07:02:38

This bird of prey is known more as a pigeon hawk. The Merlin is from the Northern Hemisphere with some migrating to subtropical and northern tropical areas during the winter. There has also been a discovery that there are two different, very distinct, species: the North American and the Eurasian. The North American Merlin was first described by a Swede taxonomist, Carl Linnaeus. The Merlin is between 9 and 13 inches long with a wingspan of 20-29 inches. The Merlin is an exceptionally...

2013-04-24 14:55:46

The White-throated Hawk (Buteo albigula), is a bird of prey belonging to the family Accipitridae, which includes hawks, eagles and Old World vultures. In British usage, it would be called a buzzard rather than a true hawk. It is a rather small Buteo, 42 to 45 cm in length. It lives in the Andes mountains of South America and ranges down to the coast in the O’Higgins region of Chile, favoring wooded areas. It’s closely related to the more widely distributed Short-tailed Hawk and was...

Laughing Falcon, Herpetotheres cachinnans
2013-04-23 23:04:40

The Laughing Falcon (Herpetotheres cachinnans), also known as the Snake Hawk (erroneously, since it’s not a hawk), is a medium-sized bird of prey belonging to the falcon family Falconidae, the only member of the genus Herpetotheres. This Neotropical species is an expert snake-eater. Its common and scientific names are both in reference to its distinctive voice. The English name comes from its loud voice, as does the specific name cachinnans, which is Latin for “laughing aloud” or...

Greater Yellow-Headed Vulture, Cathartes melambrotus
2013-01-02 11:44:29

The Greater Yellow-Headed Vulture (cathartes melambrotus) is also known as the Forest Vulture, it is a species of bird in the New World Vulture family Cathartidae. It was considered to be the same species as the Lesser Yellow-Headed Vulture until they were split in 1964. It is found in South America in tropical moist lowland forest. It is a fairly large bird, with a wingspan of 65 to 70 inches, a weight of 3.6 pounds and a body length of 25 to 30 inches. The body plumage is black, and the...

White-tailed Hawk, Buteo albicaudatus
2012-12-28 13:03:49

White-tailed Hawks are found in tropical or subtropical environments across the Americas. This bird is a large bird of prey species. It is close to the size of the related Swainson’s and Red-tailed Hawks. The average measurements of this bird fall a little bit ahead of the first and a little bit behind the latter. It can be up to 17 to 24 inches in length, and its wingspan can be up to 46 to 56 inches. A body mass of 1.9 to 2.7 pounds was recorded in B. a. hysopodius and 1.91 to 2.2 pounds...

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