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Eurasian Jays Keep Quiet To Protect Stored Food
2012-12-05 13:05:55

University of Cambridge [ Watch The Video ] Eurasian jays change strategies to prevent others from stealing food and to improve their chances of absconding with other birds' caches In order to prevent other birds from stealing the food they are storing for later, Eurasian jays, a type of corvid, minimizes any auditory hints a potential pilferer may use to steal their cache (food that is buried for later use). The new research was published today, 05 December, in the journal...

Mourning Their Losses - Scrub Jays Hold Funerals For Fallen Comrades
2012-09-12 10:10:24

Watch the Video: Western Scrub Jay Funeral Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Mourning is not just a trait shared by humans, but scientists say it is also shared by the Western scrub jays. Researchers say the Western scrub jays summon others over to the body of a dead jay to screech over their dead brethren. University of California, Davis researchers said that the birds' cacophonous "funerals" can easily last up to half an hour. Previous reports show that...

2012-02-22 20:44:10

A team of researchers has found a key to the habitat puzzle for improving long-term survival of the endangered Florida Scrub-Jay. New research published online today in The Royal Society's journal Biology Letters shows that "clustered habitat networks" are needed to maintain the genetic diversity of Florida Scrub-Jays, a species at risk of extinction with just more than 5,000 birds left in the world. The new research reveals, for the first time, a direct connection between genetic...

Researchers Evaluate Conservation Of Island Scrub-jay
2011-12-27 09:26:00

The island scrub-jay is the only island endemic passerine species in the continental United States. Although it is not classified as endangered, the species faces a number of threats to its long-term survival, and climate change is expected to exacerbate those challenges. A new study discusses the conservation management of the island scrub-jay, and highlights how management of this species may set the stage for management planning of many species in a changing world. "The island scrub-jay...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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