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Swimming Birds Evolved Rudder-like Tail To Dive For Food
2014-02-27 15:43:42

PLOS The convergent evolution of tail shapes in diving birds may be driven by foraging style, according to a paper published in PLOS ONE on February 26, 2014 by Ryan Felice and Patrick O'Connor from Ohio University. Birds use their wings and specialized tail to maneuver through the air while flying. It turns out that the purpose of a bird's tail may have also aided in their diversification by allowing them to use a greater variety of foraging strategies. To better understand the...

US Puffins In Danger
2013-06-03 13:22:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The population of Atlantic puffins is showing signs that it may be in trouble, and scientists now say that the problems plaguing the iconic birds could be an early warning for the conservation of other seabird species. Based on observations of puffins that visit the Gulf of Maine, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and other New...

When Do Youngsters Fly The Nest?
2012-07-06 09:45:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online As seabirds mature and reach a time where they can fly the nest, their parents begin to feed them less each day. However, according to researchers from the University of Leeds, it is actually hormones that control when the chicks will leave home. In their study, the researchers wanted to pinpoint the main trigger which causes chicks to leave the nest and get on to an independent life, a process known as fledging. While studying...

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....

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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2010-01-09 08:50:00

Geolocation technology reveals worsening North Sea conditions could be increasing Atlantic puffin mortality A recent increase in winter mortality in Atlantic puffins could be due to worsening conditions within the North Sea, according to new findings published in the scientific journal Marine Biology. The study used geolocation technology to track puffins from the Isle of May National Nature Reserve, home to the largest colony of puffins in the North Sea. The puffin population on the Isle of...

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2009-07-01 12:53:16

The number of puffins at one of the UK's key colonies has mysteriously fallen by a third and scientists are now using hi-tech tags to get an insight into why it may be happening, BBC News reported. The devices are being fitted onto the seabirds that are nesting on the Farne Islands, located off the Northumberland coast. Only 36,500 puffins were recorded in a survey from 2008, down from 55,674 in 2003, but the islands, which are home to the largest puffin colony in England, are considered a...

2009-06-01 09:00:00

Enter Into The World Of The Small Seabirds Through Adventure Based Gameplay And Mini Games EDISON, N.J., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Discover the fascinating world of Puffins as Majesco Entertainment Company (Nasdaq: COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, today announced that Puffins: Island Adventure for Nintendo DS(TM) is now available in retail stores nationwide. Developed by Other Ocean Interactive, Puffins: Island Adventure challenges players to...

2009-03-05 09:00:00

Partnership Highlighted by Product Integration and National Instant Win Game EDISON, N.J., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Majesco Entertainment Company (Nasdaq: COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, and Barbara's Bakery, a leading provider of all-natural and organic cereals and snacks, today announced a marketing partnership to support the upcoming release of Puffins: Island Adventure for Nintendo DS. Through the partnership, content featuring Barbara's...


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The Flesh-Footed Shearwater, Puffinus carneipes
2012-10-29 14:26:36

The plumage of this bird is black, with pale pinkish feet, and a black-tipped pale bill. In flight, the undersides of the wings may appear silver. Flesh-footed Shearwater is 40-47 cm in length, 510-750 g in weight, and the wingspan is 99-107 cm long. Breeding in colonies, these birds have two main breeding areas; one in the Southwest Pacific Ocean including Lord Howe Island and Northern New Zealand; the second being along the cost of Western Australia from Cape Leeuwin to the Recherche...

Christmas Shearwater
2012-04-03 13:55:30

The Christmas Shearwater, (Puffinus nativitatis), is a species of bird found throughout the tropical Central Pacific islands, including the Hawaiian Islands, Tuamotu, the Marshall Islands, Kiritimati and Sala-y-Gómez. It has become locally extinct on a number of islands within its range. During the non-breeding seasons it extends across the Pacific, with some records reaching Mexico and Guatemala in the east, and Bonin Islands in the west. It is a rare vagrant further south, being recorded...

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2007-10-24 13:53:09

The Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus), is a medium-sized seabird in the family of seabirds Procellariidae. Despite the scientific name, this species is completely unrelated to the puffins, which are auks, the only resemblance being that they are both burrow-nesting seabirds. The species originated from the Calf of Man, a small island just south of the Isle of Man. Its numbers declined there due to the accidental introduction of rats. It is a North Atlantic breeder with colonies on the...

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2006-02-23 14:46:47

The Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) is a medium-sized pelagic seabird measuring about 30 cm in length and weighing roughly three quarters of a kilogram. It is mostly black with a white facial patch, and a very large bill. The yellow tufts for which it is named are on the side of the head when the bird is in breeding plumage. Tufted Puffins can be found throughout the northern Pacific Ocean. This bird originally nested as far south as southern California; some colonies still exist off...

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2006-02-23 11:19:57

The Little Auk, or Dovekie (Alle alle) is a small auk, and the only member of the genus Alle. It breeds on islands in the high Arctic. There are two subspecies: A. a. alle which breeds in Greenland, Iceland, Novaya Zemlya and Spitzbergen, and A. a. polaris on Franz Josef Land. These birds can be found during times of breeding on coastal mountainsides, where they have huge colonies. They nest in crevices or beneath large rocks and normally lay one egg. They migrate south in winter, moving...

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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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