birdie Archive

Pied Wagtail Originally uploaded by Peter Herring This little birdy is an adorable subspecies of the White Wagtail! He has lots of energy and hops about. He also wags his tail like he’s had too much coffee. How cuteeeeeeeee! An energetic little birdy. They eat insects and can be found all year round throughout Great Britain and Ireland can be found in Spain and North Africa in the winter. They live in large roosts almost everywhere in the UK. You can even find them in town squares. =) Interesting. They are not endangered at all. They are “common”. YAY for common birds! Listen to its song here

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Henslow’s Sparrow by John K. Cassady Originally uploaded by jcassady The little birdies are on near threatened status. =( How sad. They live in colonies in grasslands in Southern Canada and the Northeastern United States. They eat insects and seeds. Henslow’s sparrows only breed in habitats that are a number of years post fire or disturbance. However, the habitat at a site may be optimal for the species for only a few years before it becomes too dense and the birds will abandon the site unless it is burned or mowed again (Audubon). For more information click here. You can hear his song here

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The kiwi is a flightless, endangered bird found only in New Zealand (and is also their national symbol). It is sad to think of any bird going extinct. I cringe at the thought. I am saddened by the loss of life. (I am sharing the following information directly from Wikipedia) Currently, there are five accepted species (one of which has four sub-species), plus one to be formally described. * The largest species is the Great Spotted Kiwi or Roroa, Apteryx haastii, which stands about 45 cm (17.7 inches) high and weighs about 3.3 kg. (Males about 2.4 kg) It has grey-brown plumage with lighter bands. The female lays just one egg, with both sexes incubating. Population is estimated to be over 20,000, distributed through the [&hellip

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This Australian bird has a large mouth like a frog so it can eat a wide variety of insects and small things like rats, mice, and frogs. It resembles an owl but it is not an owl, rather it is related to the kingfishers and kookaburras. He blends well into his environment given that his feathers resemble the bark of a tree and he has the ability to hold very still. They are considered “parasitic” because they lay their eggs in other birds’ nest and leave it to be raised by the other birds. Lazy parenting! Where are social services when you need them? (Just kidding!)

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I found this bird on accident but it was sooooo colorful I had to share it with all of you! I hope you enjoy him. The Lilac Breasted Roller eats grasshoppers, beetles, occasionally lizards, crabs, and small amphibians. They are African birds found mostly grasslands, open woods and in palm trees. They like to sing loud and proud. According to Krugerpark.co.za, they get their name from their impressive courtship flight, a fast, shallow dive from considerable elevation with a rolling or fast rocking motion, accompanied by loud raucous calls

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Ok, so today’s bird was picked for me. It is the “Secretary Bird” also known as Sagittarius serpentarius. It is from Africa. Someone found this very interesting bird on flickr and we didn’t know what kind of bird it was, so we started an internet hunt. He thought it was a member of the raptor family. I thought it was a member of the emu family. He was right. =) This bird is HUGE! It is 4 feet tall and has a wingspan of 6.6 feet! And its a carnivore being a raptor! Scary! The sexes look similar but the male has longer tail and head feathers. This bird is the official national emblem of Sudan. And according to Wikipedia, Secretary Birds have two distinct [&hellip

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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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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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