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2013-06-19 12:06:00

Swainson´ s Thrushes, from a local population near Bolinas, CA, spend their winters together in Mexico, according to a new tracking study released by Point Blue Conservation Science, (Point Blue, formerly PRBO).  This result is important because it shows how the conservation of habitat for these local populations in California is tightly linked with climate and habitat changes in Mexico, where these birds spend their winters, 1,600 miles away. The Swainson´s Thrush is one of...

2013-06-18 23:24:41

Geese Relief, an environmentally safe and humane Canada goose control and maintenance company operating throughout Connecticut and New York, launches a brand new web site in time for what is expected to be a busy summer season. Hartford, CT (PRWEB) June 18, 2013 As summer quickly approaches, many residents are looking forward to spending plenty of time outdoors. After a brutal winter that saw a 38” snow storm, it´s only natural to want to take advantage of the changing season....

African Starlings Change Color 10 Times Faster Than Their Ancestors
2013-06-11 10:45:12

University of Akron It's not going to happen while you're peering through your binoculars, but African glossy starlings change color more than 10 times faster than their ancestors and even their modern relatives, according to researchers at The University of Akron and Columbia University. And these relatively rapid changes have led to new species of birds with color combinations previously unseen, according to the study funded in part by the National Science Foundation and published today...

Wild Turkey Damage Mostly Exaggerated
2013-06-05 15:23:11

Entomological Society of America As populations of wild turkeys have increased, the number of complaints about crop damage has also increased. However, a literature review which will be published in the June 2013 issue of Journal of Integrated Pest Management, finds that these claims are mostly exaggerated. The literature review, entitled "Real and Perceived Damage by Wild Turkeys: A Literature Review," was conducted to determine real and perceived damage caused by wild turkeys in North...

Songbirds Risk Missing Peak Food Supply Says Study
2013-06-03 13:45:42

York University A mismatch between the departure schedules of songbirds and higher spring temperatures at their breeding sites is putting them at risk, according to a new study out of York University. The study, "A Trans-Hemispheric Migratory Songbird Does Not Advance Spring Schedules or Increase Migration Rate in Response to Record-Setting Temperatures at Breeding Sites", published in the journal PLOS ONE, tracked the spring migration of purple martins over five years from the Amazon...

US Puffins In Danger
2013-06-03 13:22:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The population of Atlantic puffins is showing signs that it may be in trouble, and scientists now say that the problems plaguing the iconic birds could be an early warning for the conservation of other seabird species. Based on observations of puffins that visit the Gulf of Maine, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and other New...

Texas Researchers Sequence Entire Genome Of Scarlet Macaw
2013-05-14 09:24:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In what is being hailed as a “groundbreaking” advancement in the fields of avian evolution, biology and conservationism, researchers from the Texas A&M University (TAMU) College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences have successfully sequenced the complete genome of a Scarlet macaw. Dr. Christopher Seabury and Dr. Ian Tizard of the College Station, Texas-based university´s Schubot Exotic Bird Health...

Changing Eating Habits Of The Hawaiian Petrel And Other Sea Birds Concern Scientists
2013-05-14 08:29:00

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Changes in the eating habits of endangered Hawaiian petrels have scientists concerned about the impact that the growth of industrialized fishing will have not only on the seabirds but upon other species of animals as well. Researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) looked at both ancient and modern remains of the birds, which spent much of their lives foraging for food in the Pacific...


Latest Ornithology Reference Libraries

Delalande’s Coua, Coua delalandei
2014-09-11 11:30:30

Delalande’s Coua (Coua delalandei), known also as the Snail-Eating Coua and Delalande’s Coucal, is an extinct species of non-parasitic cuckoo from Madagascar. It only was known to science as an extant bird for a rather short time during the early 19th century. There is some disagreement regarding the area of occurrence. Although there were reports that the bird was also found in the area of Fito and Maroantsetra along with near Toamasina, the coastal areas of northern Toamasina Province,...

Cuban Macaw, Ara tricolor
2014-09-11 11:07:56

The Cuban Macaw or the Cuban Red Macaw (Ara tricolor) is an extinct species of parrot that was native to Cuba and the Isla de la Juventud, an island off of the coast of west Cuba. At around 18 to 20 inches long it was one of the smaller members of the Ara genus of macaws. It was the last species of macaw that was native to the Caribbean islands to go extinct. A number of skins are preserved in museums; however, no eggs have survived. A pair was kept in the royal menagerie at Schonbrunn...

Norfolk Kaka, Nestor productus
2014-09-11 10:58:16

The Norfolk Kaka (Nestor productus) is an extinct species of large parrot belonging to the parrot super family Strigopoidea. The bird was about 38 centimeters in long with mostly olive-brown upperparts, orange cheeks and throat, straw-colored breast and thighs, rump and lower abdomen dark orange and a prominent beak. It lived in the rocks and treetops of Norfolk Island and the adjacent Phillip Island. It was a relative of the Kaka from New Zealand. It was initially described by the...

New Caledonian Lorikeet, Charmosyna diadema
2014-09-11 10:20:57

The New Caledonian Lorikeet (Charmosyna diadema) is a potentially extinct lorikeet that is native to the Melanesian island of New Caledonia. This lorikeet measured 18 to 19 centimeters in length, 7 to 8 centimeters of which is the pointed and slim tail. The wings are pointed and slender as well, measuring 91 millimeters in the only specimens. The tarsus measures 16 centimeters long. Female birds are overall green, with deep violet blue crown and dark blue thighs, a yellowish face and...

Tanna Ground Dove, Gallicolumba ferruginea
2014-09-10 10:54:56

The Tanna Ground Dove (Gallicolumba ferruginea), known also as Forster’s Dove of Tanna, is an extinct dove species. The taxonomic affiliation is not certain but at its first scientific discussion by Johann Georg Wagler in 1829, it was classified into the genus Gallicolumba; its closest relative is most likely the Santa Cruz Ground Dove. It was native to the Pacific Island of Tanna, Vanuatu. Forster records a native name mahk, nearly certainly from the Kwamera language. The taxonomic...

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