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Irrigation Canals: Important Nesting Sites for Wild Aquatic Birds Irrigation Canals: Important Nesting Sites for Wild Aquatic Birds

August 19, 2014 by  

Irrigation canals constitute an important nesting site for several aquatic bird species and have slowly transformed into an excellent natural habitat over the passing decades. Several wild aquatic bird species such as Canada geese (Branta canadensis L.; Fig 1) and mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos L.; Fig 2) have in particular found such canals as important... [Read more]

Canada Geese: An International Symbol of Nature Canada Geese: An International Symbol of Nature

August 11, 2014 by  

Canada geese (Branta canadensis L.) represent a majestic symbol of nature and natural world and are a well known migratory species of geese widely recognized across the continent of North America, Northern Europe and in the Asian Far East. The species is native to the continent of North America. The famous “v-shaped” flying pattern of trumpeting... [Read more]

Interesting Behavior of Black-billed Magpie – Part 2 Interesting Behavior of Black-billed Magpie – Part 2

August 6, 2014 by  

This is an observation in August 2005 in west Lethbridge. I have made similar observations before at other places and times, but the observation was recorded on this date. Magpies to my understanding are absolutely fascinating to observe. They are an extremely intelligent species of bird for behavioral studies and what is more important to note is that... [Read more]

Interesting Behavior of Black-billed Magpie – Part 1 Interesting Behavior of Black-billed Magpie – Part 1

August 5, 2014 by  

I have been observing black-billed magpie (Pica hudsonia Sabine) for the past nine years and found the species to demonstrate some interesting behavior. I first noted aggressive behavior of the species on the summer (June) of 2004 while I started working on my Masters degree at the University of Lethbridge. The incident took place on the green areas... [Read more]

Giant Ibis: On the Edge of Existence Giant Ibis: On the Edge of Existence

July 22, 2014 by  

Launched by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in January 2007, the EDGE of Existence program is a global conservation initiative that focuses on threatened species with unique evolutionary characteristics. EDGE is an acronym for Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered, which sums up some of the criteria for being included on the EDGE list.... [Read more]

Pet Bird Species: Canaries Pet Bird Species: Canaries

July 8, 2014 by  

Domesticated centuries ago, canaries were popular in the courts of Spanish and English royalty in the 17th and 18th centuries because of their beautiful singing. Over the years selective breeding has focused on creating a variety of colors and shapes, but one of the most desired traits of canaries remains their ability to enthrall their audience, and... [Read more]

Radio Waves May Disrupt Birds’ Magnetic Compass Radio Waves May Disrupt Birds’ Magnetic Compass

June 24, 2014 by  

While the navigational skills of birds remain largely unexplained, the theory that they use the magnetic field of the earth to some degree to map their positions is generally accepted. The magnetic field of the earth is weakest at the equator, becoming stronger toward the north and south poles. This change in magnetic strength may give birds an estimate... [Read more]

Fork-tailed Drongos: Marvelous Mimics Fork-tailed Drongos: Marvelous Mimics

June 10, 2014 by  

A recent study by evolutionary biologist Tom Flower of the University of Cape Town in South Africa has revealed that the African fork-tailed drongo mimics alarm calls of other species as part of its food gathering strategy. Wildlife observers in Africa have noted that the drongo is an accomplished thief, but it was thought that it was using its own... [Read more]