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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Online British researchers have found that male finches will use their birdsongs like their human counterpart use an out-of-date Facebook profile picture — to trick a potential mate into thinking they are more physically fit than they actually are.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...


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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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
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