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Mauritius Kestrels Have To Speed Up Their Life Histories
2014-02-20 13:23:02

Cell Press The widespread loss of forest to sugarcane fields on the island of Mauritius has forced kestrels living there to survive by speeding up their life histories, according to a report published online on February 20 in the Cell Press journal Current Biology. By getting an earlier start, the birds are managing to have just as many offspring, even though they die sooner. Those changes to the kestrels' life history are apparently driven entirely by their early life experiences, the...

Researchers Publish Saker And Peregrine Falcon Genome Sequences
2013-03-25 19:16:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from several institutions have published the genome sequences of the peregrine and saker falcons, opening up a flood of data about the evolution of the predatory birds. Peregrine and saker falcons are a unique bird species with superb skills at hunting, but recently they have been listed as endangered due to rapid population declines caused by a wide range of factors. The peregrine falcon is the fastest member of...

Scientists Decode Genomic Sequences Of Two Iconic Falconry Birds
2011-12-17 04:31:34

The complete genomes for birds of prey provide new insight into the evolution of falcon and opportunity for future conservation A group of scientists from United Kingdom (UK), China and United Arab Emirates (UAE) jointly announced the complete sequencing of peregrine and saker falcons genomes at the 2nd International Festival of Falconry held in Al Ain, UAE. The study is a part of Falcon Genome Project, launched and funded by the Environment Agency — Abu Dhabi (EAD) in this January....

2010-12-03 08:00:00

VIENNA, Austria, December 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- "I love songs that start out, almost as if by chance, and go on forever, like fate." This is just one many ideas that Falco recorded in a voluminous A4 notebook dated 1983/84, one of a number of Falco's near legendary notebooks, long thought to have disappeared. The 1983 manuscript - given by Falco as a personal gift to a friend - will now come up for auction at the Dorotheum autograph auction on 10th December 2010 in Vienna, Austria. The...

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2009-12-07 14:54:52

Charles M. Falco's inexpensive, modified digital SLR camera has thrilled art conservators with what it can do at infrared wavelengths. A scientist at the University of Arizona in Tucson has modified a commercial 8-megapixel digital SLR camera for infrared use, creating an inexpensive, portable new tool that even amateur photographers can use to quickly see through layers of paint in artwork to reveal drawings, defects or other features on the original canvas. Conservators have been using...

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2009-10-17 08:40:35

Satellite tracking has allowed a research team to uncover the mysteries of the migration of Eleanora's falcon for the first time. In total, the bird flies more than 9,500 kilometers across the African continent from the Balearic and Columbretes Islands before reaching the island of Madagascar. Some of the previously-obscure secrets now revealed by the scientists show that these falcons migrate by both day and night, and cross supposed ecological barriers such as the Sahara Desert. Until...

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2009-06-17 16:00:00

Scientists have uncovered a bird's nest believed to be 2,500 years old on a cliff in Greenland. The discovery is the oldest raptor nest ever recorded, and the site is still in use today by gyrfalcons, the largest falcon species in the world. Three other nests, each over 1,000 years old, were also discovered, one of which includes feathers from a bird that lived more than six centuries ago.But ornithologists worry that climate change could soon drive the falcons from these ancient...

2009-06-07 13:45:38

Actress Edie Falco says she still sees herself as an awkward kid from Long Island despite her fame from the U.S. TV series The Sopranos. Falco said she fell into her TV popularity by playing Carmela Soprano on the popular HBO drama, which ran from 1999 to 2007, The Boston Globe reported Sunday. I'm an awkward kid from Long Island who had a dream about going to New York and becoming an actress. That's who I still am in my core, Falco told the Globe. And I fell into this phenomenon. Huge. Huge....

2008-07-22 12:00:47

By Dave Marcus, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jul. 22--Eric Mendelsohn steps out of a blue minivan and gazes at a house in Northport. It has a wide front porch, bay windows and delicately peeling paint. Perfect. He leaves a note telling the homeowner he wants it. Back in the van, he peers out the windshield at Colonials, Victorians, split-levels. He still needs three more houses. Also a set of watercolor paintings, a globe and an ambulance. Mendelsohn, who teaches filmmaking at...


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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...

Gyrfalcon, Falco rusticolus
2012-11-28 14:23:53

The Gyrfalcon, also spelled as gerfalcon, is the largest of the falcon variety. This falcon breeds on Arctic coasts, and the islands of North America, Europe, and Asia. It mostly lives there as well, yet some Gyrfalcons disperse more widely after breeding season or in the winter. This bird is isolated throughout the Northern Hemisphere, with populations in Northern American, Greenland, and Northern Europe. The plumage varies with location, with birds being colored from all white, to dark...

The Eurasian Hobby, Falco subbuteo
2012-10-29 15:30:18

The Eurasian Hobby, a small slim falcon, belongs to a rather close knit group of similar falcons. Adults are grey on top with a dark crown and two short black stripes. The throat is white, the thighs and under tail coverts are a reddish-brown color, and the rest of the under parts are whitish with black streaks. The younger birds of this species are generally much browner, with scaled upper parts and streaked buffy thighs and under tail coverts. There is currently two subspecies recognized....

Aplomado Falcon, Falco femoralis
2012-04-02 18:41:50

The Aplomado Falcon, (Falco femoralis), is a species of bird of prey of Central and South America. It is found from Northern Mexico and Trinidad to southern South America, although it has been exterminated in many areas of its range, including almost all of northern and central Mexico. Its widest range is found in South America, except for the deep interior of the Amazon Basin. Its habitat is dry grassland, savannah, and marshland. Until the early 1950s, the Aplomado Falcon was found in...

Bat Falcon, Falco rufigularis
2012-04-02 16:35:00

The Bat Falcon, (Falco rufigularis), is a species of bird of prey found in Mexico, Central and South America and Trinidad. It was formerly known as Falco albigularis. Its habitats are open woodlands and forest clearings. The adult female Bat Falcon measures 12 inches in length while the male is smaller, at 9 inches. The adult has a black back, head and tail. The throat, upper breast and neck sides are creamy white, the lower breast and belly is black, finely barred white, and the thighs...

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Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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