Fork-tailed Drongos: Marvelous Mimics

Fork-tailed Drongos: Marvelous Mimics

April 25, 2015 by  
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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 alarm call to falsely alert other birds and meerkats that a predator was nearby, thereby causing them to drop their meal…

Spectacular Courtship Ritual of Peafowl

April 4, 2015 by  
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The name for a group of peafowl – pride or ostentation – is very descriptive and this colorful bird has long been associated with high social standing and royalty, particularly in Asian cultures…

Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival 2015

March 23, 2015 by  
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This celebration of the Marbled Godwit offers the opportunity to explore the spectacular Redwood Coast and observe a host of bird species and wildlife…

Southeastern American Kestrel in Louisiana

March 7, 2015 by  
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The American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) is the smallest member of the family Falconidae in North America. The American Kestrel can be identified by two distinct black streaks on each side of the head that contrast with the white throat and cheeks, and by a blue-gray patch encircling a rufous-colored spot on the top of the head…

The Serious Hobby of Twitching

March 3, 2015 by  
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Referred to as ‘twitching’, competitive birding has reportedly become an obsession with some birders as they attempt to beat rivals at adding birds to their list. While this activity is very popular in the United States, according to those in the know…

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