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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....

2012-06-20 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...

Osprey Chicks Hatching Live On The Internet
2012-06-07 13:16:47

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com Osprey chicks are pushing through their shells and into the world right now on a live camera broadcasting on the Internet. The first of three Osprey chicks have already hatched, while the second is due to hatch at any moment, according to explore.org and the National Audubon Society. The high-definition camera has been fixated on the nest since the eggs were originally laid back on April 29th. The nest is located atop a 30-foot tower at the Hog Island...

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2012-06-02 12:15:59

Researchers at Oregon State University have created a new computer technology to listen to multiple bird sounds at one time, to identify which species are present and how they may be changing as a result of habitat loss or climate change. The system, one of the first of its type, should provide an automated approach to ecological monitoring of bird species that is much more practical than a human sitting in the field, hours on end. “It´s difficult to hear and identify even...


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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