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How To Tell If An Avian Dinosaur Was Male Or Female
2013-01-23 08:14:54

An international team of paleontologists has discovered a definitive way to determine the sex of an avian dinosaur species.

2013-01-15 23:03:34

The guide, which is available to consumers at no charge, helps to educate people on how to select high quality bird nests. Singapore (PRWEB) January 15, 2013

Higher Pitch Bird Songs Are Louder
2013-01-11 19:07:25

The use of pitch modulation as a counter-balance to lower frequencies is just a side effect of the primary use of an elevated pitch.

Ratsnakes Benefit From Global Warming
2013-01-08 21:16:19

Speculation about how animals will respond to climate change due to global warming led University of Illinois researcher Patrick Weatherhead and his students to conduct a study of ratsnakes at three different latitudes—Ontario, Illinois, and Texas.

Songbirds Sing In 3D
2013-01-08 19:14:57

An international team of scientists decided to take a deeper look into the physical mechanics behind birds’ vocalizations

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

Many birds use song to communicate everything from threats to mating intentions, but are these vocalizations considered music?

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

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.


Latest Ornithology Reference Libraries

Laysan Rail, Porzana palmeri
2014-12-09 12:15:35

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...

Hawaiian Rail, Porzana sandwichensis
2014-12-09 12:12:23

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...

Reunion Swamphen, Porphyrio coerulescens
2014-12-09 11:13:20

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...

Samoan Wood Rail, Gallinula pacifica
2014-12-09 10:45:06

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...

Mascarene Coot, Fulica newtoni
2014-12-09 10:30:33

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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postliminy
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.