This is most bizarre. Not only has a new bird species to science been discovered, but it has a featherless head! Here’s an extract from the press release:
An odd songbird with a bald head living in a rugged region in Laos has been discovered by scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of [...]
Toco Toucan uses bill to keep cool
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When it comes to keeping cool, toucans get top billing in the animal world. New research shows that the colorful bird uses its massive beak to rapidly radiate away heat, allowing it to chill out in tropical climates or when expending a lot [...]
With less than 500 individuals left in the wild, Northern Bald Ibis is in bad shape. It’s quite disturbing when one reads messages like the one below where birders are disregarding the needs of these birds. These are excerpts of a message from the RSPB‘s Chris Bowden:
“I want to thank the 95+% of birders [...]
One tends to forget how precariously balanced life can be, especially for birds. It was reported here, just recently, how competition for Horseshoe Crab eggs in Delaware Bay was impacting Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) numbers. Knots were not able to build up sufficient energy reserves and were perishing en route to their breeding grounds as [...]
A US Fish & Wildlife report based on 2006 economic data has revealed that one in five Americans is a birder (the report defines a birder as someone who either travels to watch birds or makes an active effort to watch and identify birds at home). That’s a whopping 48 million people! These figures sound [...]
ScienceDaily (2009-07-06) — Catching adult eagles for research purposes is no easy task, but a researcher has found a way around the problem, and, in the process, gathered even more information about the birds without ever laying a hand on one. [more here]
Take a look at this video from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, it’s superb!
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Southern Africa’s citizen scientists have managed to record 1 million bird species in the Southern African Bird Atlas Project (II) in just two years! Read the full press release here.