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The Indonesian Parrot Project and Konservasi Kakatua Indonesia have been working fervently
Warmer North American winters, as seen now in Winter 2014, have allowed some species of birds to move north.
Apparently the annoying kid from Jurassic Park was right: Velociraptors were "six-foot turkeys."
Trinidad's Asa Wright Nature Centre has long been recognized as the best introduction to birding in the New World Tropics.
How is it that vultures can live on a diet of carrion that would at least lead to severe food-poisoning, and more likely kill most other animals?
Nevada Rancher Bryan Masini and his family have conserved more than 4000 acres of their ranchlands to benefit sage grouse via conservation easements, pinyon and juniper removal, fencing improvements
Bird B Gone, the leader in bird control products for commercial, industrial and residential applications now offers an easy, affordable way to get rid of birds in open and semi-open spaces.
Bird B Gone, the leader in bird control products for commercial, industrial and residential applications offers a highly effective woodpecker deterrent for commercial and residential properties
While most hummingbirds primarily use their beaks to drink nectar from flowers, male long-billed hermit hummingbirds also use theirs as weapons during mating.
Trying to study animals “acting naturally” in their native habitat can be difficult for researchers since their mere scent in an ecosystem can be disruptive.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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