I have loved this bird for a long time now. I am surprised I did not pick him sooner for the bird of the day but here he is…the lovable blue footed booby. Why sooooooooooooooooooo blue little birdy? I couldn’t find a specific reason these silly sea birdies have blue feet but I did find out some interesting facts about them and their little blue feeties. “Booby” stems from the Spanish word “bobo” which means dunce. Apparently, these birds are very clumsy on land and thusly earned their name “the blue-footed dunce”. “The blue-footed booby lacks “brooding patches” of skin to keep the eggs warm, so instead it uses its feet to incubate them. (Despite their blue appearance, the feet have an excellent blood supply.)” [&hellip

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When I received my Bird Watcher’s Digest in the mail yesterday and saw this bird, the purple gallinule, I knew I had to pick it for the bird of a day and learn more about it. It is colorful and fun to look at. When you see its biggggggggggggggggggg feet is almost comical but you can see how it makes it easier for the bird to walk on the lily pads. In the water it looks like a duck but not so much outside the water! According to Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the males and the females look a lot alike except the males may be slightly larger. And they also gave this cool fact about the purple gallinule: The Purple Gallinue is essentially a [&hellip

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I picked the Lyre Bird for the bird of the day today because I saw this video…what an interesting bird! He can imitate the calls/songs of at least 20 different birds and even the sounds around him (like in the video he imitates a chainsaw, a camera and a car alarm)! He is fascinating. This bird lives in Australia. They have huge tail feathers like a peacock but just fewer. “Lyrebirds are ancient Australian animals: The Australian Museum has fossils of lyrebirds dating back to about 15 million years ago.” (Wikipedia) These birds are very popular and this popularity shows in all the logos and money that brandishes its image. =)

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Fernadina’s Flicker is in the woodpecker family. It is a very pretty bird. It can only be found in Cuba. And unfortunately, it is endangered with only 600-800 left. This is due to the loss of habitat brought about the many hurricanes Cuba faces, logging and farming and because danger presented to them by other bird species, such as the West Indies Woodpecker which kill their little chickies. =( This is very sad indeed. I do hope they can work on this problem before they become extinct. I still miss the dodo bird I never met. Incidentally, the largest population of this bird is found in the Zapata Swamp near Playa Larga in Cuba and I’ve been to this place but was not aware of [&hellip

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A bird of prey, similar to the families of hawks, eagles and vultures this bird falls into the “raptors” category. But according to Wikipedia this classification is being investigated. These birds like the warm tropical climates (notice a pattern?). They like to snack on apple snails. Anyone know what an apple snail is? Just kidding, this is what an apple snail looks like when it is being eaten by a Snail Kite

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Will the real Common Myna please stand up!? Please stand up!? =) I have to admit. I did not immediately notice that these three birds were the same kind of bird just different ages and/or sexes. Interesting. They fooled me, the amateur that I am. However, a wise person more observant than I showed me the similarities, thank you wise person. This birdy is a city-dweller or at least it thrives around people and while it prefers warmer climates it can live pretty much in any. It is known as “an invasive pest” in Australia. After a little research I must agree. Apparently it is an extremely aggressive bully bird. It likes to pick on other more gentle local birdies threatening the native bird species. [&hellip

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The Crested Caracara is a large, ground-dwelling falcon. To me, it looks similar to many falcons but it is more colorful perhaps. Albeit, I have little experience with falcons. Interesting Facts about the Crested Caracara (Source: Whatbird.com): * A common subject of folklore and legends throughout Central and South America, the Crested Caracara is sometimes referred to as the “Mexican eagle.” * Although it looks like a long-legged hawk and associates with vultures, it is actually in the same family as falcons. * A group of falcons has many collective nouns, including a “bazaar”, “eyrie”, “ringing up”, “stooping up”, and “tower” of falcons. (And yes, this too I found in Luke Dempsey’s book, “A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birder’s and Their Quest To See [&hellip

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The Mangrove Cuckoo is a cute little bird with an extremely interesting and almost funny call (sound). Listen to this bird at Bird Watcher’s Digest (yes, I do subscribe to this magazine!) Don’t you think it makes interesting sounds? I also like its curved beak. It curves downwards like a hook. The Mangrove Cuckoo breeds in Florida but then heads to the tropics for winter. It prefers to frequent the local swamp. Anyone know why? And yes, I also found this little bird in Luke Dempsey’s book, “A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birder’s and Their Quest To See It All.&#

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This interesting bird eats mostly insects but also likes berries and seeds. Aside from the insects I could go for their diet. That is about what I like nowadays! =) Fun stuff. They are approximately 7.6 – 8.8 inches (19-22cm) as fully grown birds. They prefer a tropical climate and only accidentally show up in Florida. This classifies them as a “vagrant bird” (a term birders use to refer to birds that come accidentally or by chance to a location rather than normal migration patterns). I found this bird from Luke Dempsey’s book, “A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birder’s and Their Quest To See It All.&#

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The Roseate Spoonbill is yet ANOTHER bird from Luke Dempsey’s book, “A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birder’s and Their Quest To See It All.” At first glance or from afar, one might mistake this pink bird for a flamingo until they see its bill which is flat and wide. It uses this bill to strain water from its food. Quite handy indeed. It often has a red streak on its wing. Very beautiful birds. I’d love to see them in person

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