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Researchers Discover New Migration Habits Of Manx Shearwater Seabird
2013-05-01 10:35:22

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using cutting-edge tracking devices and data analysis techniques, a group of UK researchers has discovered new migration habits of the Manx Shearwater, a small seabird. Scientists at the University College London (UCL) and the University of Oxford collected data over three consecutive years to reveal the birds´ complex pattern of rest, flight and foraging, according to their report in journal Interface. "Understanding the...

2013-04-18 21:22:22

An Arizona State University biologist and her team have found that the Asian subspecies of great bustard, one of the heaviest birds capable of flight, covers migratory routes of more than 2,000 miles, traveling to and from its breeding grounds in northern Mongolia and wintering grounds in Shaanxi province in China. The research study, which is available online and will be published in the next volume of the Journal of Avian Biology, is the first of its kind to monitor the movement of this...

Nocturnal Gulls Hunting Behavior Determined By Lunar Cycle
2013-03-28 12:14:40

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Swallow-tailed gulls hunt most often under a new moon, when fish come to the surface under the cover of darkness The lunar cycle controls the behavior of various animal species: owls, swallows and bats, for example, align their activity with the phase of the moon to maximize their hunting success. However, marine life is also affected by the moon. Many species of fish hide from their enemies in the depths of the sea during the daytime and only come up to the...

Researchers Uncover Plight Of Africa's Ancient Penguins
2013-03-27 08:31:01

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When you think of penguins you probably think of cold, harsh climates, like those around Antarctica where the Emperor Penguin reigns supreme. However, not all penguin species live in cold regions of the world. In fact, several species live in more tropical climes such as the Galapagos and other equatorial regions. Penguins can also be found in Africa. And while only one species exists along the continent´s southern coast...

Chinese Study Provides Evidence That Early Birds Had Four Wings Instead Of Two
2013-03-15 08:31:22

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When you inspect the legs of most birds you will find everything from the knee down is scaly rather than feathery. There is an exception to this rule however. Some birds of prey, such as eagles, have more feathering below the knee extending down to the feet. As for those with scaly legs, it is a remnant of their ancestry, when birds evolved from small two-legged dinosaurs millions of years ago. For the most part, experts...

Environmental Change Impacts Differ For Male And Female Migratory Shorebirds
2013-03-11 11:17:30

University of East Anglia Extensive shell fishing and sewerage discharge in river estuaries could have serious consequences for the rare Icelandic black-tailed godwits that feed there. But it is the males that are more likely to suffer, according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Research published today in the journal Ecology and Evolution reveals very different winter feeding habits between the sexes. Both males and females mainly consume bivalve molluscs, sea...


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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