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2011-03-23 13:37:00

Scientists warned on Wednesday that 45 rare species of wallaby, bandicoot and other Australian animals could become extinct within 20 years unless urgent action is taken to control introduced predators and other threats. A study found that dozens of mammals, birds, lizards and other vertebrates in the remote northwestern Kimberley region are at risk from hunting by feral cats and from destruction of their native habitat by wild donkeys, goats and fires. "We're in the midst of a massive...

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2009-03-20 13:25:00

A report in the journal Science says that female Gouldian finches "decide" to have more male chicks if they are less compatible with their mate, BBC News reported. Finches with either red or black heads prefer to mate with males with the same head coloring, as this signifies a better genetic match, researchers said. The study found that chicks from a mismatched mating - particularly the females - were weaker and more likely to die very early. The birds compensate for this by having more male...


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2008-07-25 16:20:50

The Red Munia (Amandava amandava), also known as Red Avadavat or Strawberry Finch, is a sparrow-sized bird of the Munia family. It is found in South Asia with an estimated global range of 6.2 million sq. miles. The species is native to Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Burma, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam. Introduced populations also exist in southern Spain, Brunei, Fiji, Malaysia, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore and Hawaii. Their normal habitat is open grassland...

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2008-07-25 16:17:55

The Lavender Waxbill (Estrilda caerulescens), is a common species of estrildid finch native to Central Africa and widely introduced in the USA. It has an estimated global range of 385,250 square miles. It is found in subtropical/tropical (lowland) dry shrubland habitats in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Togo & USA (breeding). The status of the species is...

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2008-06-15 15:37:29

The Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus bengalus), is a small passerine bird that is resident in drier regions of tropical sub-Saharan Africa. It can also be found in the USA. This bird has an estimated global extent of occurrence of 4.7 million square miles. The Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu is 4.7 inches in length. The adult male has uniformly brown upperparts, pale blue breast, flanks and tail and a yellow belly. There is a red patch on each cheek. It has a piping tsee-tsee call which is a...

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2008-05-16 12:52:14

The House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus), is a species of finch of the Rosefinch genus. Originally only a resident of Mexico and the southwestern United States, they were introduced to eastern North America in the 1940s. These birds are mainly permanent residents, though some eastern birds migrate south. Their breeding habitat is urban and suburban areas in the East as well as various semi-open areas in the West from southern Canada to northern Florida and the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The...

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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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