The elusive Fiji Petrel (Pseudobulweria macgillivrayi) has finally been photographed at sea. This from Birdlife International:
Known from just one specimen collected in 1855 on Gau Island, Fiji, the Fiji Petrel was lost for the next 130 years. Since 1984 there have been a handful of reports of “grounded” birds that had crashed [...]
Crows are known to be intelligent birds, but research has indicated that they may be more intelligent than we think; they can apparently identify individual people by their faces. There are anecdotal stories of Indian House Crows (Corvus splendens) recognising individual people in India. Conservation officials who set poisoned bait for these birds [...]
Who would have thought that Michael Jackson would help highlight the joys of manakin breeding displays! Take a look at this video from pbs.org for some electrifying footage of Club-winged and Red-capped Manakins strutting their stuff. Amazing!
Any ideas what this bird is? It was taken in the Cape Agulhas region of South Africa earlier this year. Please post any thoughts in the comments section below.
Male Southern Double-collared Sunbirds (Cinnyris chalybeus) only reveal their yellow “epaulettes” when trying to impress females in spring. This male bird was trying his hardest to attract a mate at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens this past weekend. Happy spring (or autumn for the northeners)!
They certainly won’t win any beauty pageants, but vultures play a critical role in the ecosystems they inhabit. September 5th is International Vulture Awareness Day. Below is some more information:
Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas that they occur. Populations of many species are [...]