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2011-08-02 14:17:00

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Independent LA rapper Sitting Dove (http://www.jango.com/music/Sitting+Dove) takes flight with his debut album "Blossom." (*Available on iTunes.) Sitting Dove leads listeners on a surreal psychedelic/hip hop/pop-folk musical journey while grappling with some of the nation's most controversial and pressing issues. Although inspiration landed on this artist's doorstep, he never thought this "trip" would become so real. Sitting Dove has hired Eileen...

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2011-07-28 04:55:00

Archaeopteryx, once believed to be the world's earliest bird, may actually have been just another feathered dinosaur, according to a report published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Researchers in China, led by Xing Xu of Linyi University, carried out a phylogenetic analysis combining a newly discovered fossil with other similar dinosaurs and early birds, and concluded that the species should no longer be considered a fully developed bird. If confirmed, the controversial hypothesis would be...

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2011-07-01 09:24:44

Frequently captured birds found to be at less risk of injury compared to birds captured once Capturing birds using mist nets to study behavior, movement or the demographics of a species is one of the most common research techniques in ornithology, yet until now there have been no large scale studies into the risks mist nets pose to birds. Writing in the British Ecological Society's Methods in Ecology and Evolution researchers from California used a dataset of over 345,000 records to evaluate...

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2011-06-27 08:39:01

Researchers and students collaborate on a study to explore the migration patterns of male and female red-tailed hawks in upstate New York By James A.  Hewlett, Finger Lakes Community College As any resident of upstate New York will tell you, the red-tailed hawk is the most common hawk in North America. Often seen perched on light and telephone poles along major highways, this majestic animal is one of the most widely recognized raptor species. At the same time, there is relatively little...

2011-05-27 13:39:00

Wet spring rough on many wild birds and mammals HARRISBURG, Pa., May 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an unfortunate turn of events, the first nesting attempt for bluebirds behind the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Harrisburg headquarters appears to have lost out to nature. What made this loss different from most is that it all played out in full view of those who tuned into the Game Commission's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us). Earlier this year, a pair of bluebirds had successfully...

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2011-04-25 12:57:39

The British government said this week that a species of parakeet which threatens wildlife and crops will be removed from the wild. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said in a statement that the monk parakeet was an invasive species. It announced measures to either rehouse the birds, remove their nests or shoot them. DEFRA said there are about 100 of the birds in the U.K., mainly in the southeast of England. DEFRA said that they have the potential to threaten...

2011-04-16 00:00:28

Absolute Bird Control offers a complete line of humane products used to prevent birds from landing or nesting in unwanted areas. The new site offers solutions for a variety of pest bird problems such as pigeons nesting under eaves, woodpeckers pecking at siding and geese on lawn areas. Lake Forest, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) April 15, 2011 Absolute Bird Control, leading online distributor of humane bird control products, would like to announce the launch of their re-designed website. Finding the...

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2011-04-04 10:51:33

At least 300 penguins have died in the south Atlantic after a cargo ship leaked thousands of tons of heavy oil, diesel fuel and soya bean near Nightingale Island, a British territory part of the Tristan da Cunha archipelago. "I've seen about 15 to 20 dead penguins just today. The danger now is getting the rest of these penguins past that oil slick," director Trevor Glass told CNN. Local officials and conservationists claim that thousands more are covered in the ships' oil and diesel fuel. A...

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2011-03-08 14:29:33

Using genetic methods to count endangered eagles, a group of scientists showed that traditional counting methods can lead to significantly incorrect totals that they believe could adversely affect conservation efforts. Andrew DeWoody, a professor of genetics at Purdue University; Jamie Ivy, population manager at the San Diego Zoo; and Todd Katzner, a research assistant professor at the University of West Virginia, found that visual counts of imperial and white-tailed sea eagles in the Narzum...

2011-03-01 07:43:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As development continues to take over wildlife habitats, the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Howard Nursery has a way for wildlife enthusiasts to help support wildlife housing needs without having to apply for a second mortgage. The agency's Howard Nursery is selling a variety of wildlife nesting structures for several species of birds - from bluebirds to flickers, from ducks to owls - as well as housing boxes for bats and squirrels....


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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