corvid Archive

Beaks, bills, bird noses—whatever you call them—they are important to every bird.1 They are full of live tissues, regenerating after the billing (a puffin’s form of kissing / affection), bill-wiping, eating, and defending their young. The tips of bird beaks grow constantly due to the continually wear and tear. Some bird’s beaks even grow longer according to the season. The beak of the Puffin is one example of this seasonal color change. Puffins molt the the colorful outer sheath of their bills after breeding (seasonally). Their beaks brighten or fade in color when the old skin is worn down and the new layers are revealed depending on which season it happens to be. Maybe they do not need the extra attention after they have wooed [&hellip

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The White-billed crow can only be found in central part of the Solomon Islands. They are officially called Corvus woodfordi. It is a stocky short bird who prefers the forest. It has a squared off tail and a big head. It has a distinct deep and curved pale ivory colored bill with a darker tip, resembling the coloring of wing tip shoes to me. =) Overall it is glossy black with a purplish-green gloss to the head and purple gloss to the rest of it. The iris of the White-Billed Crow is pale gray or white and the legs and feet are black. The White-billed Crow lives in small families and together they look for insects and fruit to eat. There is not a lot [&hellip

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Common Raven Originally uploaded by quasimodo4502 What a beautiful bird this is, isn’t it? He looks like he has a helmet, almost, doesn’t he? This was taken by Quasimodo4502 at Golden Gate Park. You can see the original photograph on Flickr. =) I decided since it is Halloween, I would tell you a bit about the raven. =) Did you know the “common raven” is the most widely distributed corvid of all? It is all over the Northern hemisphere. Like me, they prefer to stay away from places too hot. =) They are omnivorous…meaning they will eat just about anything. This helps them survive and thrive. They are intelligent birds and beautiful. This is why they are so popular. There are poems about them, songs, [&hellip

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