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Texas Researchers Sequence Entire Genome Of Scarlet Macaw
2013-05-14 09:24:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In what is being hailed as a “groundbreaking” advancement in the fields of avian evolution, biology and conservationism, researchers from the Texas A&M University (TAMU) College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences have successfully sequenced the complete genome of a Scarlet macaw. Dr. Christopher Seabury and Dr. Ian Tizard of the College Station, Texas-based university´s Schubot Exotic Bird Health...

Cockatoo Makes Its Own Tools
2012-11-06 07:18:51

[ Watch the Video: Cockatoo Making And Using Own Tools ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A Goffin's cockatoo, a species not known for tool use in the wild, has been observed spontaneously making and using tools for reaching food and other objects. The cockatoo named Figaro was raised in captivity and currently lives near Vienna. A new study, published in Current Biology, shows Figaro using his powerful beak to cut long splinters out of wooden beams and...

Crows Are Smart Than You Think!
2012-09-11 14:29:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If crows ever freaked you out before, then you´re in for a whole new set of chill bumps. New research indicates that crows are able to recognize faces and associate them with feelings. Scientists writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said that crows have human-like ways of attaching negative and positive emotions to particular faces. “The regions of the crow brain that work together are not unlike...

Ravens Remember Relationships They Had With Others
2012-04-19 11:49:38

In daily life we remember faces and voices of several known individuals. Similarly, mammals have been shown to remember calls and faces of known individuals after a number of years. Markus Boeckle and Thomas Bugnyar from the Department of Cognitive Biology of the University of Vienna show in their recent article, published in Current Biology, that ravens differentiate individuals based on familiarity. Additionally, they discovered that ravens memorize relationship valence and affiliation....

Ravens Use Gestures To Signal Potential Partners
2011-11-30 06:37:06

Ravens use their beaks and wings to point and hold up objects in order to attract attention, much like humans use our hands to make gestures, according to a new study by German and Austrian experts. The study is the first time researchers have observed such gestures in the wild by animals other than primates, suggesting that ravens (Corvus corax) may be far more intelligent than previously believed. Simone Pika from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and Thomas Bugnyar from the...

Image 1 - WCS Program Helps Scarlet Macaws Take Flight In Guatemala
2011-11-15 11:17:47

Program posts record number of parrot fledglings in 2011 Researchers and conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society's Guatemala Program, WCS's Bronx Zoo, the National Park Service of Guatemala, and other groups report a major conservation victory from Central America: a bumper crop of magnificent scarlet macaw fledglings that have now taken flight over the forests of Guatemala. The newly fledged birds total 29 macaws, a big success for conservationists working in the Maya...

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2011-06-13 06:20:00

The kea, a New Zealand parrot, and the New Caledonian crow are members of the two most intelligent avian families. Researchers from the Department of Cognitive Biology of the University of Vienna investigated their problem solving abilities as well as their innovative capacities. They are publishing two new studies "“ one in cooperation with members of the Behavioral Ecology Research Group in Oxford "“ in the scientific journals PLoS ONE and Biology Letters. Parrots and Corvids...

2011-05-06 00:00:03

A New Children's Book About Parrots and Their Conservation, Inspired by a Life-Changing Experience San Francisco Bay Area, California (PRWEB) May 05, 2011 1997 was a turning point in the life Dr. Stewart Metz. Until then, he had followed the typical route for a physician practicing Medicine in the university setting"”seeing patients; doing research in Diabetes; teaching; and Administrative work. Eventually he became Head of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes as a...

2011-05-02 23:37:50

These bird brains are proving to be smarter than we thought When African Grey parrots talk, do they mimic sounds or consciously understand their speech? Irene Pepperberg, a comparative psychologist at both Brandeis and Harvard universities believes African Greys actually know what they're talking about. "They understand things like categories of color, material and shape, number concepts, and concepts of bigger and smaller, concepts of similarity and difference, and absence; things we once...

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2011-04-25 12:57:39

The British government said this week that a species of parakeet which threatens wildlife and crops will be removed from the wild. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said in a statement that the monk parakeet was an invasive species. It announced measures to either rehouse the birds, remove their nests or shoot them. DEFRA said there are about 100 of the birds in the U.K., mainly in the southeast of England. DEFRA said that they have the potential to threaten...


Latest Talking birds Reference Libraries

Blue-fronted Amazon, Amazona aestiva
2009-06-16 18:03:04

The Blue-fronted Amazon (Amazona aestiva), also known as the Turquoise-fronted Amazon and Blue-fronted Parrot, is a species of parrot that is found in eastern Brazil, northeastern Bolivia, Paraguay and northern Argentina. Its preferred habitat is forests (except dense humid forests), woodlands, savannas, and palm groves. There is a small feral population of this species in the greener parts of Stuttgart in Germany. Two subspecies are recognized. The adult is about 15 inches long and has...

Hyacinth Macaw, Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus
2009-06-16 17:47:50

The Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus), or Hyacinthine Macaw, is a species of parrot that is found in South America. It exists in three main colonies: the Pantanal region of Brazil, the Cerrado region of eastern Brazil, and around the Tocantins River, Xingu River, Tapajós River, and the Marajó island in the eastern Amazon Basin of Brazil. They are also found in eastern Bolivia and northeastern Paraguay. Its habitat is palm swamps, woodlands, and other semi-open wooded areas. It...

Red-shouldered Macaw, Diopsittaca nobilis
2009-06-04 22:50:45

The Red-shouldered Macaw (Diopsittaca nobilis), also known as the Noble Macaw, Long-wing Macaw, and Hahn's Macaw, is a species of parrot native to Venezuela, the Guianas, Bolivia, Brazil, and far south-eastern Peru. It is found mostly in tropical lowlands, savannah and swamplands. This is not considered an endangered species, although populations in the wild have declined due to habitat loss. Though not considered endangered, it is illegal to export wild caught birds of this species. The...

Blue-winged Macaw, Primolius maracana
2009-06-04 22:44:54

The Blue-winged Macaw (Primolius maracana) is a species of parrot found in central and eastern South America. In the pet trade, this species is known as Illiger's Macaw. It is found in eastern and southern Brazil, eastern Paraguay, and formerly (not confirmed) in north-eastern Argentina. Its habitat is evergreen and deciduous forests. Due to capture for the pet trade, this species has declined in population in the wild in the southern parts of its range. This species has been considered...

Green-winged Macaw, Ara chloropterus
2009-06-04 22:36:32

The Green-winged Macaw (Ara chloropterus), also known as the Red-and-green Macaw, is a species of parrot found throughout northern South America. Although this is the most common macaw in the wild, its numbers are declining due to habitat loss and illegal capture for the pet trade. The breast of the Green-winged Macaw is bright red. The lower feathers of the wing are green. The reddish tail is surrounded by teal feathers. There are red lines around the eyes. This is a large, strong bird...

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