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Giant Fossil Penguin From New Zealand Reconstructed
2012-02-28 08:07:11

Scientists on Tuesday published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology their work on a completely reconstructed fossil of a giant penguin that lived in New Zealand some 25 million years ago, work that will give researchers insight into prehistoric penguin diversity. The fossil of the Kairuku -- Maori for “diver that returns with food” -- penguin, a bird that stood 4 feet 2 inches tall, was discovered embedded in a cliff at Waimate in the South Island in 1977 by Dr. Ewan...

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2011-09-22 03:50:46

  Research may bring help to endangered species Birds may have a more highly developed sense of smell than researchers previously thought, contend scholars who have found that penguins may use smell to determine if they are related to a potential mate. The research by the University of Chicago and the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, shows how related birds are able to recognize each other. The study, published Wednesday, Sept. 21 in the article,...

2011-09-13 13:30:00

A fun and educational ebook, illustrated by award winning artist Bill Bolton and supported by the Royal Society for Protection of Birds. Beautifully illustrated, this unique story has been customized for the iPad and iPhone and combines charming and dramatic imagery with educational content in a simple, fun and interactive way. Nottingham, UK (PRWEB) September 13, 2011 Kids-Ebooks has just launched â˜I Canât Fly.â This original ebook is...

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2011-08-17 13:25:00

A young Emperor penguin stranded on a New Zealand beach thousands of miles from home is heading back home on a research ship. The penguin will be riding back to the subantarctic in a specially designed cage on August 29. The bird has been living in the Wellington Zoo since June, and locals have nicknamed the penguin "Happy Feet". "The NIWA team are looking forward to having this extra special guest onboard the vessel with us for the journey," Rob Murdoch of NIWA, the research organization...

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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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2011-03-09 12:20:00

A Laysan albatross at least six decades into her life has stumped federal biologists by raising another chick. U.S. Geological Survey and Fish and Wildlife Service scientists said the chick turned up in a February survey at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific Islands. The bird, also known as Wisdom, "has sported and worn out 5 bird bands since she was first banded by USGS scientist Chandler Robbins in 1956 as she incubated an egg," says a statement. "Just the idea of a...

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2010-10-01 06:05:00

Paleontologists have unearthed the fossilized remains of a giant penguin in Peru that lived 36 million years ago.  The discovery is the first extinct penguin ever found with preserved evidence of scales and feathers, the researchers said. The new species, dubbed Inkayacu paracasensis, or Water King, had feathers that were reddish brown and grey, distinct from the black tuxedoed look of modern day penguins.  At nearly five feet tall, the Inkayacu was one of the largest penguins ever...

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2010-09-28 14:29:35

Although the magnificent frigatebird may be the least likely animal on the Galapagos Islands to be unique to the area, it turns out the Galapagos population of this tropical seabird may be its own genetically distinct species warranting a new conservation status, according to a paper by researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and the University of Missouri-St. Louis published last week in the scientific journal...

2010-08-04 14:13:00

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether it is overeating at a friend's backyard barbeque or splurging on too many new clothes for an upcoming vacation, certain summer activities can equate to excess clutter, chaos and accumulation - both literally and figuratively. On a woman's journey to living The Little Black Dress Way and loving her life, these types of excesses serve as a distraction to living a simpler, uncluttered, easier way of life. Taking their inspiration from the little...

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2010-07-22 13:28:19

Will Adelie Penguins, attempting to cope with climate change, go extinct because they can't find food in the darkness of the Antarctic winter?  A recent paper published in the scientific journal Ecology presents this finding: Adelie Penguins need both ice and light, even just twilight, to find food in the winter. As climate change causes the winter ice to retract south into the darkness, penguins won't have what they need to survive and could ultimately face extinction as a result. ...


Latest Seabirds Reference Libraries

Lesser Frigatebird, Fregata ariel
2013-04-23 22:58:32

The Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel) is a species of frigate bird. In nests in Australia, along with other locations. There is a single recording from the Western Palearctic, from Eilat in the Gulf of Aqaba. The Lesser Frigatebird or Least Frigatebird is said to be the most common and widespread frigate bird in the Australian seas. It’s common in tropical seas breeding on isolated islands, including Christmas Island located in the Indian Ocean in recent years. These birds are most...

Magnificent Frigatebird, Fregata magnificens
2013-04-23 14:48:18

The Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) was occasionally previously known as Man O’War or man of War, a reflection of its rakish lines, aerial piracy of other birds, and speed. It’s widespread in the tropical Atlantic, breeding colonially in the trees in Florida, the Caribbean and the Cape Verde Islands. In addition, it breeds along the Pacific coast of the Americas from Mexico to Ecuador including the Galapagos Islands, as well. It is known as a vagrant as far from its...

Tristram’s Storm Petrel, Oceanodroma tristrami
2013-04-22 14:33:05

The Tristram’s Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma tristrami) is a species of seabird in the family of storm-petrels called Hydrobatidae. The species’ specific and common name comes from the English clergyman Henry Baker Tristram, the species can also be known as the Sooty Storm-petrel. The Tristram’s Storm Petrel is distribution across the North Pacific Ocean; mainly in tropical seas. This storm-petrel has long angular wings and is 24 cm long. The plumage is dark all over with a slightly pale...

Buller’s Shearwater, Puffinus bulleri
2013-04-21 09:09:37

The Buller’s Shearwater (puffinus bulleri) is a Pacific species of seabird in the Procellariidae family; it is also known as the Grey-backed Shearwater or New Zealand Shearwater. It is a member of the black-billed wedge-tailed Thyellodroma group, among the bigger shearwaters of the proposed genus Ardenna; it creates a superspecies with the Wedge-tailed Shearwater. The adult birds are 46 to 47 cm in length, with a 97 to 99 cm wingspan, and they have been recorded to weigh 342 to 435g. The...

Black Petrel, Procellaria parkinsoni
2013-04-21 09:01:42

The Black Petrel (Procellaria parkinsoni) is also called the Parkinson’s Petrel. It is a large, black petrel, the smallest of the Procellaria. This species is an endemic breeder of New Zealand, breeding only on islands off the North Island, on Great Barrier Island and Little Barrier Island. At sea it scatters as far as Australia and Ecuador. It’s a medium-sized, all black petrel except for pale sections on the bill. The wingspan is 110 cm on average. This bird is usually seen in the...

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