Vancouver's Bird Week: Promoting Appreciation for Birds

Vancouver’s Bird Week: Promoting Appreciation for Birds

April 15, 2014 by  
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The coastal seaport city of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, features a wide variety of habitats which attract large numbers of birds. To encourage interest in local and migratory birdlife, Vancouver hosts an annual event called Vancouver’s Bird Week, with the 2014 program taking place on May 3-10…

Amazing Memories of Hummingbirds

March 27, 2012 by  
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Flitting from one flower to the next, their long, narrow beaks perfectly adapted to reach seemingly inaccessible nectar, hummingbirds hover with their wings a blur, their iridescent feathers shining in the sun. New research has revealed that these fascinating little creatures are even more amazing than previously thought.

Tropical Birding in January (Part 2)

August 2, 2010 by  
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The second half of the tour was spent in Tuxtepec, on the opposite slope of Oaxaca. We crossed over the Continental Divide, passing through humid montane forests with regular roadside stops to get good looks at Emerald Toucanets, Black Hawk-Eagles, Collared Trogons, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, White-breasted and Grey-breasted Wood-Wrens, Yellow-billed Caciques, White-collared Manakins and Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercers.

Attracting Birds: Seed Preferences

July 6, 2010 by  
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There is no better way to decorate your garden than with a collection of wild birds that bring color and song to the trees and landscaped areas. Luring a variety of birds to a garden is not always as easy as it may sound.

Everglades Birding Festival

December 17, 2009 by  
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The Everglades Birding Festival is a fantastic opportunities for bird watching enthusiasts to explore the natural features of Cypress Swamps, beaches and Everglades prairies. Birds you may spot include Peregrind Falcon, Burrowing owl, Sora, Snail Kite, Roseate Spoonbill, Pileated Woodpecker and others. During the event, expert guides will assist you in bird identification. There will [...]


May 15, 2009 by  
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Bird Species A-B Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) American Avocets (Recurvirostra americana) American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) American Coot (Fulica americana) American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) American Kestrel (Falco sparverious) American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliates) American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) Andean Condors (Vultur gryphus) Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) Arctic Loon (Gavia arctica) Ashy Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma [...]

Bird watching in Thailand

May 5, 2009 by  
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Many bird watching enthusiasts have already discovered the magnificent opportunities that wait in Thailand. With almost a thousand bird species, Thailand is a treasure trove of birding experiences that can be enjoyed in various provinces around the country. Tourist operators also specialize in bird watching excursions, offering daily hikes and even week long hiking packages, [...]

Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)

February 9, 2009 by  
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The Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) is a relatively common bird species found in habitats extending from Oregon, California and Western Mexico, right through to the highlands of Central America as well as the Colombian Andes. Described as having a clown-face, the Acorn Woodpecker is a very social creature, with groups living together in a complex [...]

Endangered Bird Species on the Road to Recovery

October 15, 2008 by  
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Most people may not know much about the red cockaded woodpecker. Even if they have been fortunate enough to see one, they probably won’t know that these special little birds are a federally endangered species. In fact, the bird was declared endangered in 1970 and currently has the same endangered status as the much better known bald eagle and whooping crane.

A Look at the Intriguing Lives of Honeyguides

April 24, 2008 by  
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Honeyguides, also known as indicator birds or honeybirds, are a relatively small Old World family of near-passerine birds, related to woodpeckers and barbets. Honeyguides are entirely parasitic, laying their eggs in the already occupied, but temporarily vacated, nests of other hole-nesting species such as barbets, kingfishers, bee-eaters, woodpeckers and tinkerbirds. For this reason, honeyguides are often treated as pariahs by other birds in their neighborhood. Birding enthusiasts agree that these aggressive, opportunistic little birds are fascinating to watch.

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