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Swifts – Living on the Wing Swifts – Living on the Wing

October 21, 2014 by  

With their forked tails and scythe-shaped wings, swifts herald the arrival of spring in Europe and are seen as the bringers of rain in parts of Africa where they spend their winters. These amazing birds spend almost their entire lives in flight, so much so that their legs are small and too weak to support them for long when perching, explaining why... [Read more]

Pet Bird Species: Lovebirds Pet Bird Species: Lovebirds

October 7, 2014 by  

Active, curious and playful, lovebirds are very entertaining and often recommended as pets. Measuring only 15 cm in length on average, lovebirds are among the smallest of parrots, but are big in personality and have many of the traits of larger species. They thrive on social interaction and can put on quite a show for their human caretakers with very... [Read more]

Drone Technology Provides Instant Benefits Drone Technology Provides Instant Benefits

September 18, 2014 by  

Unmanned Arial Vehicle technology has already made a splash in the front pages, often for projects that are years away from fruition – think Amazon and their mooted drone delivery service. However, one way that it can have an immediate and tangible benefit is with the monitoring of nesting bird species, and the promotion of areas that would be of... [Read more]

Solving Human-Avian Conflicts  & Encouraging Coexistence (Part 2) Solving Human-Avian Conflicts & Encouraging Coexistence (Part 2)

September 15, 2014 by  

Continued from Part 1 Common Human-Avian Conflict Mitigation Methods Regardless of the individual circumstances that exist for each human-avian conflict event, many mitigation methods are available to address these situations. A successful mitigation program will most likely involve a combination of several different techniques that take into consideration... [Read more]

Solving Human-Avian Conflicts  & Encouraging Coexistence (Part 1) Solving Human-Avian Conflicts & Encouraging Coexistence (Part 1)

September 15, 2014 by  

Human-wildlife conflict is a significant conservation issue. As human populations continue to increase, habitats previously occupied by wildlife are repurposed for human use. This can cause displacement of wildlife into human inhabited areas or provide suitable conditions for pest species, such as rats, raccoons and pigeons, to multiply unchecked. Close... [Read more]

Britain Votes for National Bird Britain Votes for National Bird

September 9, 2014 by  

While the subspecies of the European robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus), more commonly known as the ‘robin redbreast’, is widely considered to be Britain’s national bird, the fact is that that there is at present no official bird for the United Kingdom, and with a vote currently underway, the robin redbreast may very well find itself... [Read more]

Enjoy a Family Outing at Tropical Birdland Enjoy a Family Outing at Tropical Birdland

August 26, 2014 by  

Located in the picturesque village of Desford, near Leicester in England, Tropical Birdland is home to more than 250 birds, including a collection of free-flying parrots from all over the world. Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll at leisure through the main walk-through aviary, view newly hatched or hatching chicks, interact with birds on... [Read more]

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]