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Birdsong Study Looks Into Whether Music Is Uniquely Human
2012-12-31 09:16:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many birds use song to communicate everything from threats to mating intentions, but are these vocalizations considered music? Emory University neuroscientist Sarah Earp, also a classically trained viola player, decided to tackle this question, along with her colleague Donna Maney, by comparing neural responses of birds while they listened to male bird songs. “We found that the same neural reward system is activated in female...

New Discoveries From Bird Watching
2012-12-31 08:45:06

Science China Press A recent study used bird watching records to build up the first bird watching database in China, which found a batch of new records of national level and a trend of species moving to higher latitude and higher elevation regions. The study named "Bird Watching in China Reveals Bird Distribution Changes", published in 2012 (31) issue of Chinese Science Bulletin, was senior-authored by LI Xueyan and led by Professor GONG Peng from Ministry of Education Key Laboratory...

Male Finches Fake Their Song For Foreign Females
2012-12-19 12:23:34

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online British researchers have found that male finches will use their birdsongs like their human counterpart use an out-of-date Facebook profile picture — to trick a potential mate into thinking they are more physically fit than they actually are. According to the team´s report in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, these males only ply their deception with females they have just met, as familiar lady birds can see through...

Amateur Historian Cracks WWI Pigeon Code
2012-12-17 14:49:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A World War II message found in a fireplace attached to the remains of a dead carrier pigeon is believed to have been decrypted. A Canadian World War II enthusiast says that he has deciphered the message after realizing that a code book held the key to the encryption. Gord Young, editor for the history group Lakefield Heritage Research, says the 1944 note uses a simple World War I code to give information about German troop positions...

2012-12-12 05:03:32

Country Divine has announced the release of its newly designed website, which is aimed at bringing the benefits of emu oil to the public. New features and a new look help to educate and communicate with those interested to learn more about this oil that has been around for thousands of years. Nashville, TN (PRWEB) December 11, 2012 Country Divine has launched a redesigned website at Lbemuoil.com that incorporates multiple communal features to better introduce customers to the benefits of...

Migrating Birds Delayed By Drought In The Horn Of Africa
2012-12-07 15:03:24

University of Copenhagen The catastrophic drought last year in the Horn of Africa affected millions of people but also caused the extremely late arrival into northern Europe of several migratory songbird species, a study from University of Copenhagen published today in Science shows. Details of the migration route was revealed by data collected from small back-packs fitted on birds showing that the delay resulted from an extended stay in the Horn of Africa. The extensive 2011 drought in...

2012-12-06 05:03:00

Osprey COI RiskManager Automates Disclosure Management and Facilitates Compliance with NIH Regulations Waltham, MA (PRWEB) December 05, 2012 Osprey Software Solutions (http://www.ospreyss.com), a software development company focused on the creation of fully-integrated, forward-thinking enterprise solutions, announced today that the University at Buffalo (New York´s largest public university) is using the Osprey COI RiskManager system to solve their demanding conflict of interest...

Eocene Bird Was A Giant But Peacuful Herbivore
2012-11-23 14:56:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When scientists first discovered fossils of the Eocene bird Diatryma in the mid 19th century, they portrayed the 7-foot avian as a fierce predator, which caught on with science writers and popular culture. However, a recent discovery has suggested that this flightless giant was a gentle herbivore and not a flesh-eating terror as previously suggested. According to a report in the journal Paleontology, a set of 50...

British Bird Populations Facing A New Virus Strain
2012-11-23 06:54:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online House sparrows, dunnocks, and wood pigeons, among other British bird species, have been known to carry avian pox. Vets and ornithologists are very concerned, however, about the emergence of a new strain of this viral disease in great tits. According to wildlife veterinarian Dr Becki Lawson from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), "Infection leads to warty, tumor-like growths on different parts of a bird's body, particularly on...


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Mauritius Blue Pigeon, Alectroenas nitidissima
2014-04-18 12:27:42

The Mauritius Blue Pigeon (Alectroenas nitidissima) is an extinct species of blue pigeon previously native to the Mascarene island of Mauritius located in the Indian Ocean eastwards of Madagascar. It has two extinct relatives from the Mascarenes and three living ones from other islands. It is the type species of the genus of blue pigeons, Alectroenas. It had white colored hackles around the head, neck, and breast and blue colored feathers on the body, and it was red on the tail and the...

Newton’s Parakeet, Psittacula exsul
2014-04-18 12:25:06

Newton’s Parakeet or the Rodrigues Parakeet (Psittacula exsul) is an extinct species of parrot that was native to the Mascarene island of Rodrigues located in the western Indian Ocean. It was closely related to the Alexandrine Parrot of the same genus and was likely descended from it. It diverged from related species in several of its features, signifying that it had most likely been isolated on Rodrigues for a long period of time. It was roughly 16 inches in length, about the size of a...

Mascarene Parrot, Mascannus mascannus
2014-04-18 12:00:54

The Mascarene Parrot (Mascannus mascannus) is an extinct species of parrot that was native to the Mascarene Island of Reunion located in the Indian Ocean. The taxonomic relationships of this species has been subjected to some debate. It has been connected to the Psittaculini parrots based on that anatomical grounds, but the vasa parrots based on the genetic grounds. The precise placement is unresolved. The Mascarene Parrot was 14 inches long with a large red colored tail and long, rounded...

Carolina Parakeet, Conuropsis carolinensis
2014-04-18 11:57:25

The Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) or the Carolina Conure was a small green colored Neotropical parrot with brilliant yellow colored head, reddish orange face and pale beak that was native to the eastern, Midwest, and plains states of the United States and was the only indigenous parrot within its range. It was found from southern New York and Wisconsin to Kentucky, Tennessee and the Gulf of Mexico from the Atlantic seaboard to as far west as eastern Colorado. It resided in...

Choiseul Pigeon, Microgoura meeki
2014-04-18 11:39:05

The Choiseul Pigeon or Solomon’s Crested Pigeon (Microgoura meeki) is an extinct species of bird belonging to the pigeon and dove family Columbidae. It was native to the islands of Choiseul located in the Solomon Islands, although there are unsubstantiated reports that it might have once lived on several nearby islands. The pigeon was monotypic within the genus Microgoura and had no known subspecies. The closest living relative is believed to be the Thick-billed Ground Pigeon, and some...

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  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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