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2010-12-20 09:40:44

Researchers from the University of Washington say the Mariana crow, a forest crow living on Rota Island in the western Pacific Ocean, will go extinct in 75 years. The extinction could happen almost twice as soon as previously believed. The crow's extinction can be prevented with a bird management program that focuses on helping fledgling birds reach their first birthday, said James Ha, UW research associate professor in psychology. Ha examined survival rates in 97 Mariana crows "“...

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2010-09-17 08:44:45

Tool use is so rare in the animal kingdom that it was once believed to be a uniquely human trait. While it is now known that some non-human animal species can use tools for foraging, the rarity of this behavior remains a puzzle. It is generally assumed that tool use played a key role in human evolution, so understanding this behavior's ecological context, and its evolutionary roots, is of major scientific interest. A project led by researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Exeter...

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2010-08-04 09:36:25

Female budgerigars found to judge 'virtual males' by their contact calls Parrots are famed for their ability to mimic sounds and now researchers have used 'virtual mates' to discover if female parrots judge male contact calls when deciding on a mate. The research, published in Ethology, challenges traditional understandings of the difference between birds 'songs' and 'calls'. Parrots are among the few species of bird to have developed the ability to quickly learn and mimic new sounds, but the...

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2010-04-21 11:25:00

Recently-published research completed by scientists at the University of Auckland in New Zealand proves that New Caledonia crows can use multiple tools to solve problems and complete tasks. The crows, scientific name of Corvus moneduloides, live in the South Pacific island of New Caledonia and are the only species of birds that have been observed making and using tools into the wild. The scientists further studied their skills in a laboratory setting and discovered that they can use up to...

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2010-02-18 07:10:00

Ravens have been scratched out as the cause for a decline in the number of wading birds in the UK. Raven numbers have increased in the past 20 years, but waders like lapwing and curlew have fallen by 50%. Ravens feed on the eggs of the birds, but a new study shows that its links to the decline were irrelevant. The RSPB and University of Aberdeen's Center for Environmental Sustainability (ACES) carried out research that suggests habitat and vegetation and foxes could be to blame. The...

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2009-10-13 08:05:00

Michigan State University ornithologist confirms species Known to science only by two specimens described in 1900, a critically endangered crow has re-emerged on a remote, mountainous Indonesian island thanks in part to a Michigan State University scientist. The Banggai Crow was believed by many to be extinct until Indonesian biologists finally secured two new specimens on Peleng Island in 2007. Pamela Rasmussen, an MSU assistant professor of zoology and renowned species sleuth, provided...

2009-09-04 14:57:09

An appeal was posted in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Friday for the owner of a green parrot that flew into an apartment to come forward and claim the bird. The parrot had mixed luck by flying into the seventh-floor apartment of a woman who is scared of birds, but who has a neighbor known as the bird lady, the Winnipeg Free Press reported. Yolanda Lafleur, 76, said her panicked neighbor called her early Thursday to say the parrot had landed in her apartment. Lafleur told the newspaper she agreed to...

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2009-08-06 15:50:00

Aesop's fables, which include the goose that laid the golden egg to the notorious race between the tortoise and the hare, are known for their moral lessons rather than their literal truth. But a new study finds at least one such tale might actually be rooted in fact:  the fable of "the crow and the pitcher." The story is the tale of a bird that finds a pitcher with the water level too low for him to reach, causing the crow to raise the water level by dropping rocks into the...

2009-07-06 18:00:59

Police in Brechin, Scotland, are looking for thieves who took 14 valuable birds from a collector. The budgerigars, called common parakeets in the United States, were taken when the house was burglarized on July 3. Police told The Scotsman they believe the gang was stealing to order since they targeted a specific address and stole so many birds, some worth more than $163. A police spokesman said, Given the choice of birds stolen, it is suspected that the person or people responsible for this...

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2009-05-26 10:15:00

Researchers have learned that rooks have the ability to make and use tools in order to complete certain tasks. Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Queen Mary, University of London, noted that although rooks, which are related to New Caledonian crows, are not known to use tools in the wild, they quickly learned to do so in laboratory tests. "This finding is remarkable because rooks do not appear to use tools in the wild, yet they rival habitual tools users such as chimpanzees and...


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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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