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Two New Owl Species Confirmed In Philippines
2012-08-17 14:39:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After years of study in a remote section of the Philippines, researchers can now confirm a victory for biodiversity, the discovery of two new owl species. According to the current issue of Forktail, the yearly Journal of Asian Ornithology, the dual discovery was a huge payoff for the team of researchers that included Pam Rasmussen, a Michigan State University professor of zoology. “More than 15 years ago, we realized that new...

2012-08-17 02:22:10

LINCOLN, England, August 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Numerous studies have been conducted into the long-term effects a lack of outdoor play and dissociation from nature can have on children. Those brought up in urban areas are more likely to suffer from high levels of stress, a higher risk of ADHD and decreased motor fitness. Being disconnected from nature may also lead to a lack of understanding of where food comes from which could contribute to poor eating habits and...

Cormorants Show "Superbird" Abilities When Fishing For Prey
2012-08-01 13:33:56

[Watch Video] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Cormorants have long been known to be world class fishing birds, but a new video shows just what these airborne anglers are capable of. Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the National Research Council of Argentina recently fitted an imperial cormorant from Punta Lèon, a protected area in coastal Argentina, with a small camera, and observed it diving 150 feet underwater in 40...

Migrating Songbirds Depart On Time
2012-07-26 07:10:41

A new study by York University researchers finds that songbirds follow a strict annual schedule when migrating to their breeding grounds — with some birds departing on precisely the same date each year. The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, is the first to track the migration routes and timing of individual songbirds over multiple years. Researchers outfitted wood thrushes with tiny geolocator "backpacks," recording data on their movements. Spring departure dates of birds...

Magellanic Penguin Deaths In Brazil Being Investigated
2012-07-16 04:35:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Biologists are investigating the deaths of hundreds of penguins that were discovered washed up on the beaches at Brazil's southern Rio Grande do Sul state, various media outlets reported over the weekend. Officials with the Center of Coastal and Marine Studies (Ceclimar) told AFP reporters on Friday that the 512 Magellanic penguin bodies were found on the coast between the towns of Tramandai and Cidreira. They added that...

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2012-07-12 12:41:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While it may sound like the plot for a low-budget fright-fest of a motion picture, the ongoing battle between giant rats and South American penguins on a Chilean island could turn into a real-life horror story for the birds and the environmental activists fighting to keep them from extinction. According to Eva Vergara of the Associated Press (AP), invading rodents with bodies upwards of eight inches in length have been eating...

New Puffin Web Cams Set Up On Maine Island
2012-06-28 15:43:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The very photogenic Atlantic Puffin is now making its Internet debut, thanks to a new project set out by explore.org. The philanthropic media organization put up multiple HD cameras at Maine's Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge to show off the everyday life of these seabirds. The project allows the Internet audience to jump into a live-streaming video, showing puffins as they court, breed, and preen around the remote Seal Island....

2012-06-27 06:22:19

explore.org and Audubon Open Window on Restored Maine Seabird Colony with Live HD Streams and Field Blog SEAL ISLAND, Maine, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- explore.org, the philanthropic media organization and division of the Annenberg Foundation, is expanding its collection of live HD cameras to bring people into the world of the charismatic and much-revered Atlantic Puffin. Through a multiyear partnership with Audubon, spearheaded by pioneering ornithologist Dr. Stephen...

2012-06-27 02:24:17

ATHOL, Idaho, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dave Womach opened ParrotFX at Silverwood Theme Park in Northern Idaho to a packed house and a standing ovation this past weekend. "The show is Rock Concert meets Parrot Show in a never-before-seen fusion of theatrics and exotic parrots, with an illusionistic twist," said Womach, who has produced a parrot training video that helps resolve many parrot problems such as biting and hissing. A free online video course for all types of parrots shows...

2012-06-20 12:07:22

iPod owners aren't the only ones who frequently shuffle their favorite tunes. Baby songbirds do it, too, a new study shows. A baby songbird prefers to learn the clearest versions of songs he hears and uses them to build his personal playlist for life. As a result, noise, from nature and humans, influences which songs a bird learns to sing and can create lasting changes to his species' top tunes, the study's results suggest. "There's been an enormous amount of interest in how...


Latest Ornithology Reference Libraries

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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