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Sandpipers Exhibit Different Feeding Behavior Depending On Position In Group
2013-10-28 11:52:55

University of Montreal The behavior of semipalmated sandpipers (Calidris pusilla) feeding during low tide in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, surprised Guy Beauchamp, an ornithologist and research officer at the University of Montreal's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. While individuals on the periphery remained alert and used short pecks to feed on the mudflats, birds in the middle of the group relaxed their vigilance and fed on a different resource. The more peripheral group members were...

Researchers Uncover Mechanism For Improving Song Learning In Young Zebra Finches
2013-10-23 12:49:50

Max Planck Institute Most songbirds learn their songs from an adult model, mostly from the father. However, there are relatively large differences in the accuracy how these songs are copied. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen now found in juvenile zebra finches a possible mechanism that is responsible for the differences in the intensity of song learning. They provided the nerve growth factor “BDNF” to the song control system in the brain. With this...

Molecular Clock Of The Common Buzzard
2013-10-23 09:27:24

University of Bielefeld Bielefeld biologists reveal the influence of genes on dispersal behavior Be it hibernation or the routes of migratory birds: all animal behavior that is subject to annual rhythms is controlled by a molecular clock. Although this has been known for a long time, in many cases it is still unclear how far genes are involved in setting this internal clock. Up to now, this also applied to the common buzzard and its migration from parental breeding grounds. Behavioral...

2013-10-21 23:28:54

Canada Goose deterrent company Away With Geese will be an exhibitor at the 2013 GIE+EXPO in Louisville October 24-25th. Louisville, Kentucky (PRWEB) October 21, 2013 Canada Goose deterrent company Away With Geese will be an exhibitor at the 2013 GIE+EXPO at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, October 24th-25th for the second year. The GIE+EXPO (Green Industry & Equipment Expo) showcases lawn and garden products, landscape maintenance, outdoor leisure products,...

2013-10-21 23:01:53

For more than a year, teams at Ventana Wildlife Society, Oakland Zoo, CamZone, and FedEx have strategized how to secure funding for the camera and install it into a remote area of Big Sur, California, only accessible via a treacherous service road. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) October 21, 2013 On October 21, 2013, Oakland Zoo and Ventana Wildlife Society will turn on the first ever live streaming webcam to monitor California condors in the wild. For more than a year, teams at Ventana Wildlife...

2013-10-17 23:01:28

San Francisco indie rock band Kiwi Time gets an internet facelift from Granted Access Studios by Baynetwork as the band prepares to release a new EP & single. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 17, 2013 This summer Kiwi Time gained sponsorship of their San Francisco based indie rock band through Granted Access Studios by Baynetwork. The sponsorship has been extremely beneficial to the band as they recently played at the 36th Annual Mill Valley Film Festival which garnered a spectacular...

Lack Of Rain Halts Migration Patterns Of Christmas Island Crabs
2013-10-11 08:56:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Christmas Island red crab makes a hard and amazingly-precise journey every year from its earthen burrow to the shores of the Indian Ocean for weeks of mating and egg-laying. The crabs are native to the Australian territories of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. When the November rains begin, millions of the crabs begin rolling across the island roads and landscape in crimson waves. Crabs scuttle for two weeks...

2013-10-10 23:29:26

Osprey COI RiskManager™ Automates Disclosure Management and Facilitates Compliance Waltham MA (PRWEB) October 10, 2013 Osprey Software Solutions, a software development company focused on the creation of fully-integrated, forward-thinking enterprise solutions, announced today that Diversified Service Options, Inc. (Diversified), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. is using the Osprey COI RiskManager™ system to solve their demanding conflict of...

2013-10-04 23:01:16

With enhanced mobile access, Ducks Unlimited’s newest online tools and information can help make this your best hunting season ever. Memphis, TN (PRWEB) October 04, 2013 Just in time for duck and goose hunting season, Ducks Unlimited has launched a new season of Waterfowl 360, the ultimate online resource for waterfowl hunters. The latest version of Waterfowl 360 includes new features and enhancements to help waterfowlers have their best season ever. “Hunters should be excited about...


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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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.