Latest Ornithology Stories
Fun penguin activities and a snowman pancake recipe have been published on Kids Activities Blog.
Enthusiasm and recognition for winter bird watching on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula is at an all time high.
A new study of the extinct giant moa has found the massive flightless birds were actually less robust than previously believed.
Researchers at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna have discovered that tree sparrows can recognize eggs deposited by other tree sparrows but do not always reject them.
As darkness descends upon the tropical rainforests of Malaysia, male chirping katydids of the Mecopoda complex are just getting warmed up for their usual nightly concerts to woo the females.
New findings show that consistent individual differences exist not only for how aggressive individual song sparrows are but also for how much they use their signals to communicate their aggressive intentions.
A University of Alberta study recently published in Oecologia has found that an increase in the frequency of heavy rain brought on by warmer summer temperatures is posing a threat not seen in this species since before pesticides such as DDT were banned from use in Canada in 1970.
Every Thanksgiving, 46 million turkeys are consumed by 88 percent of Americans, but what do we actually know about the bird that graces our table each year? redOrbit has dug up some facts about the delectable birds to help throw a little knowledge down at the dinner table this year to impress the in-laws.
Researchers have shown that warming temperatures are behind the earlier and earlier migration of certain species of birds.
The Laysan Rail or Laysan Crake (Porzana palmeri) was a flightless bird native to the Northwest Hawaiian Island of Laysan. This small island was, and still is, an important seabird colony, and sustained numerous native species, including the rail. It became extinct because of habitat loss and by domestic rabbits, and eventually, World War II. Its scientific name is in honor of Henry Palmer, who collected in the Hawaiian Islands for Walter Rothschild. It was a rather small bird, measuring...
The Hawaiian Rail (Porzana sandwichensis), known also as the Hawaiian Crake or the Hawaiian Spotted Rail, was a rather enigmatic species of minuscule rail that resided on Big Island of Hawaii, but is currently extinct. A dark form and a lighter form are known. There is considerable confusion by the existence of two distinct forms. While it can’t be completely excluded that early specimens were collected on another island, only O’ahu and Kaua’I seem plausible given the history of...
The Reunion Swamphen (Porphyrio coerulescens), known also as the Reunion Gallinule or Oiseau bleu, is a hypothetical species of extinct rail from Reunion, Mascarensis until now only known from report from travelers. It is rather certain that such a bird once was present on the island. Six reports confirm its existence, and the genus Porphyrio is known as a colonizer of oceanic islands, having evolved into many local endemic species, of which only the Takahe is still found to be living...
The Samoan Wood Rail (Gallinula pacifica), known also as the Samoan Moorhen, is a nearly flightless rail that is native to the Samoan island of Savai’I, and most likely extinct. As it has evolved adaptations for a more terrestrial lifestyle and at least partly nocturnal habits, it is mostly likely better placed in a distinct genus, Pareudiastes, but this problem hasn’t yet been thoroughly researched. It was known as puna’e to the native Samoans; that was said to relate to the birds...
The Mascarene Coot (Fulica newtoni) is an extinct species of coot that lived in the Mascarene Islands of Mauritius and Reunion. As it is long known from sub fossil bones found in the Mare aux Songes swamp on the former island, but only assumed from descriptions to also have been present on the latter, remains have more recently been found on Reunion as well. Early traveler’s reports from Mauritius were, in reverse, usually assumed to be in reference to Common Moorhens, but it appears that...
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