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Birds Protection Crucial For Ecological Care

Birds Protection Crucial For Ecological Care

Ecological balance can only be ensured by protecting birds dying from hunters and poison reservoirs is undoubtedly a crucial part of ecological care, says an article from The Beijing News. Excerpts: Various endangered species of the birds like the Oriental white storks are listed as first-grade State protected animals in China. These are regarded as...
STRIATED BABBLER

STRIATED BABBLER

Got this snapshot of a juvenile striated babbler in the reed-beds of Okhla Sanctuary. The bird was quite confiding and did not fly away despite approaching quite close.
Magpies Recognize Individual Humans

Magpies Recognize Individual Humans

Recent research that some birds can recognise  individual humans has been further confirmed by simple experiments on Magpies in  South Korea. Scientists from Seoul National University were  performing an annual breeding survey of Magpies around the college campus, when  they noticed that the birds seemed to mob and scold only the two members of the ...
Gurney's Pitta Closer to Extinction

Gurney’s Pitta Closer to Extinction

Despite its relatively recent rediscovery in Thailand, Gurney’s Pitta is drawing ever closer to real extinction. The refinding of Gurney’s Pitta 25 years ago yesterday (June 14) brought hope for a beautiful bird feared extinct for over three decades. But the bird’s future still hangs in the balance, as destruction of lowland forest has reduced...
How to track a Tree Sparrow

How to track a Tree Sparrow

Londoners are being asked to help support a unique new partnership project to track Tree Sparrows, launched in the capital this week. Distinctive red plastic rings have been fitted to the legs of nearly 400 Tree Sparrow chicks hatched so far this year, by the 80 pairs on a single site in south London. Beddington...
Bird Life in Kenya

Bird Life in Kenya

As a result of nomination by the Kenyan Government, the Kenya lake system in the Great Rift Valley has been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The BirdLife International Africa Secretariat, and other stakeholders including Nature Kenya (BirdLife in Kenya), the National Museums of Kenya and the Kenya Wildlife Service worked on a report of...
Seabirds Forage Much Further

Seabirds Forage Much Further

Initial findings of a ground-breaking project that tracks Scotland’s seabirds using technology akin to car ‘sat-navs’, has revealed that seabirds are foraging much further afield than scientists had thought. The Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment (FAME) project tracks Common Guillemot, Kittiwake and other seabird species in an attempt to identify crucial marine feeding locations....
stamp collectors can help endangered birds

stamp collectors can help endangered birds

A new stamp issue from the Pitcairn Islands Philatelic Bureau focuses on the endemic birds of Henderson Island and will raise money for an RSPB project to protect the Endangered Henderson Petrel. Henderson, which is part of the Pitcairn group of islands, is a UK Overseas Territory. It is home to some 55 endemic animal...
Attract Birds in Your Bacyard

Attract Birds in Your Bacyard

Plants with seeds, fruit and/or nectar ramp up your garden’s attractiveness to birds. Get started with 10 easy-to-grow annuals and perennials: ANNUALS Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta and hybrids) Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana) Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) Zinnia (Zinnia) PERENNIALS Beard tongue (Penstemon) Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea and hybrids) Foxglove (Digitalis) Milkweed (Asclepias) Salvia (Salvia) WHAT...
Fire Proof Bird Species

Fire Proof Bird Species

A new Baylor University study has found that some bird species in the desert southwest are less affected, and in some cases positively influenced, by widespread fire through their habitat. In fact, the Baylor researchers say that fire actually helps some bird species because of the habitat that is formed after a fire is positive...
How songbird brains respond to new songs

How songbird brains respond to new songs

Whenever it hears an unfamiliar song from a male of the same species,  the zebra finch stops chirping, hopping and grooming. It listens  attentively for minutes at a time, occasionally cocking its head but  otherwise immobile. Once it becomes familiar with the song, it goes back  to its busy routine. (See video.) In a new...
Controlled Elastic Snap Allows Hummingbirds To Snatch Up Flying Insects

Controlled Elastic Snap Allows Hummingbirds To Snatch Up Flying Insects

The shape of a hummingbird’s beak allows for a “controlled elastic snap” that allows it to snatch up flying insects in a mere fraction of a second — with greater speed and power than could be achieved by jaw muscles alone, says a new study in a forthcoming issue of Journal of Theoretical Biology. Hummingbird...