A Bird’s Life

February 26, 2007 by  
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How long can birds live in the wild? Anyone who has found a dead bird may wonder about their lifespan. Scientists have as well. For decades, they have been marking birds with numbered metal bands (also known as rings). If that bird is ever recovered, years later, the mystery of a bird’s lifespan can be answered.

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A Hint for Identifying Sandpipers

February 19, 2007 by  
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Sandpipers are familiar to most birdwatchers. Yet their identification can be very frustrating. Most sandpipers are feathered in browns or soft grays, and gather in flocks that contain many species. Some are distinctively patterned, but others are so similar even experienced birders have trouble identifying them.

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Love Birds

February 12, 2007 by  
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Lovebirds are playful, entertaining pets. These 6-inch-long parrots may be small in size, but they’re full of personality. They are easily found in pet stores, and cost far less than a big macaw or Amazon parrot.

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Why the Dodo Bird?

February 5, 2007 by  
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In the last 400 years, at least 75 bird species became extinct. Of all these tragic species, the dodo is the best known. How did the dodo gain so much popular attention, when it went extinct way back in the 1680’s? Well, when Europeans first landed on the island of Mauritius, in 1598, they encountered a strange bird. It was a gigantic, flightless pigeon with a huge bill and no apparent fear of predators. They named it after the Portuguese word “duodo“, meaning simpleton.

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