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Study Shows That Playing Bird Recordings Could Zap Birds' Energy
2013-10-16 15:56:26

Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs In the forests of Ecuador, plain-tailed wrens nest in bamboo thickets, singing complex and continuous melodies. Residing nearby are rufous antpittas, small, secretive birds that hop like thrushes and whistle in mossy forests. Together, their songs fill parts of the South American Andes. Birdwatchers often seek out rare and beautiful birds like the wren and antpitta using "playbacks" – or recordings of bird...

New Study Shows Low-pitched Song Of The Fairy-wren Indicates Size
2013-02-21 09:36:09

University of Melbourne The study led by University of Melbourne researcher Dr Michelle Hall, is the first to show that the larger the male fairy wren, the lower the pitch of his song. "This is the first time we have been able to show that song pitch indicates body size in song birds," said Dr Hall from the University's Department of Zoology. The study, which began when Dr Hall was at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany, has been published today in the journal PLOS...

Password For Food Needed By Fairy-wren Babies
2012-11-08 16:53:14

Cell Press It's always a good idea to listen to your mother, but that goes double for baby fairy-wrens even before they are hatched. If those fairy-wren babies want to be fed, they need to have a password–a single unique note–taught to them by their mothers from outside the egg. The nestlings incorporate that password right into their begging calls, according to researchers who report their discovery online on November 8 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. This...

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2011-03-21 07:13:47

A puzzling example of altruism in nature has been debunked with researchers showing that purple-crowned fairy wrens are in reality cunningly planning for their own future when they assist in raising other birds' young by balancing the amount of assistance they give with the benefits they expect to receive in the future. Dr Anne Peters, of the Monash University School of Biological Sciences, together with co-authors Sjouke Kingma from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and Michelle L....

2011-01-25 08:00:00

HOOVER, Ala., Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) today announced that nominations are being accepted for the 2011 Wren Solutions School Resource Officer (SRO) Scholarship Award. The award is part of a $10,000 donation that Wren, providers of physical security solutions that create safe learning environments, pledged over a four year time period. The annual scholarship, now in its third year, was created to help SROs...

2010-11-16 09:00:00

ATLANTA, Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Most people assume security cameras in any building - be it a school, mall or government building - are for the express purpose of security alone. However, for school administrators looking for ways to maximize their investments, IP video cameras can play a role in helping to improve operations across the entire district. A new Wren advisory, "Managing Video at the District Level for Improved Security Across All Schools" details the operational...

2010-11-04 09:30:00

ATLANTA, Nov. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Wren is proud to announce that Eric C. White (CHS-V, FABCHS), who leads the retail strategy practice for the physical security solution provider, has been named Chair of the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS). ABCHS is an organization committed to providing the highest quality certification, training, and continuing educational opportunities in the field of homeland security. White, who has more than two decades of expertise...


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White-winged Fairy-wren, Malurus leucopterus
2009-07-17 11:00:21

The White-winged Fairy-wren (Malurus leucopterus) is a unique species of passerine bird in the Maluridae family. This bird can be found from the middle of Queensland and South Australia to the other side of Western Australia. Similar to other fairy-wrens, males express a strong intensity of sexual dimorphism and feathers change to shining colors during breeding season. The female is the smaller of the two and has a sandy-brown body with soft-blue tail feathers. The male's feathers change...

Supurb Fairywren, Malurus cyaneus
2009-07-17 10:52:12

The Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus), is an ordinary passerine bird of the fairy-wren family Maluridae. This bird is also known as the Superb Blue-wren or informally as Blue wren. It can be found throughout southeastern Australia, and is territorial and not migratory. This particular species presents a great level of sexual dimorphism. The breeding feathers of the male are a vibrant blue on the forehead, ear conceals, tail and mantle, with black covering the face. The throat is sometimes...

Red-winged Fairy-wren, Malurus elegans
2009-07-17 10:44:51

The Red-winged Fairy-wren (Malurus elegans) is a passerine bird in the fairy-wren family Maluridae. The southwestern edge of Western Australia is the native land to this lazy bird. The males of this species express a strong intensity of sexual dimorphism; their feathers change to a beautiful pattern of breeding colors. The black upper back and throat contrasts the red shoulders with a silvery-blue head, pale lower side and grey-brown wings and tail. This coloration greatly differs from the...

Red-backed Fairy-wren, Malurus melanocephalus
2009-07-17 10:36:51

The Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus) is a passerine bird in the Maluridae family. It is found only in Australia along the coasts of rivers. These rivers are the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and the Kimberley which is the northern portion of Western Australia. This species is similar to other fairy-wrens which show apparent sexual dimorphism. During its breeding time, the feathers turn a vibrant red on the back to contrast with its brown wings, and black tail, underside...

Splendid Fairy-wren, Malurus splendens
2009-07-07 16:25:36

The Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens) is also called the Splendid Wren or Blue Wren and is one of the 12 species from the genus Malurus, commonly known as fairy-wrens. These birds are small at 5.5 inches in length. The tail of the adult male Splendid Fairy-wren is a striking bright blue with black markings and is a somewhat long. Females and the young birds are brown mixed with some gray colorings. This bird resides in dry and semi-dry regions of Australia and also the forested...

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