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This group is for birding, birders and bird enthusiasts. One can be a pet owner, researcher, Ornithologist, birder that is advanced or novice. Anyone interested in birds!

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Climate Change favors ornament decrease

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 25. 1 Reply

Those delightful extravagant male ornaments such as bright color and showy plumes are likely to disappear due to selective pressure from the changing climate.…Continue

Tags: birds lose beauty, fancy male plumage

Crows carry objects with sticks

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 29, 2016. 0 Replies

Crows are first animals spotted using tools to carry objectsNew Caledonian crows ... have been filmed inserting…Continue

Tags: use stick to carry object, tool use, New Caldonian crows

Wonders of the World, Birds

Started by Joan Denoo May 10, 2016. 0 Replies

Another gift from Angelica. It just takes my breath away to realize the great diversity that comes about by natural selection. No need for the god hypothesis.   Continue

Bird Window Strikes

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 3, 2016. 1 Reply

Urge nearby cities to dim high-rise lights during bird migration season....the average high-rise is responsible for 700 to 1,000 bird deaths a…Continue

Tags: high-rises kill birds, lights out programs, bird window collisions

Penguin brains not changed by loss of flight

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 10, 2016. 0 Replies

Penguin brains not changed by loss of flight"Losing the ability to fly gave ancient penguins their unique locomotion style. But leaving the sky behind…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2013 at 4:57pm

Dominic, I understand about bread. Is there any seed not good for wildlife? Have you seen any research on GMO seeds in bird feeds? I haven't paid any attention, and I assume GMO is as bad for raising seeds as for raising corn for seeds. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 14, 2013 at 3:55pm

I agree Mindy.  That blue is an excellent color.  I like it in flowers also.

Comment by Steph S. on May 14, 2013 at 12:12am

Wow - Booklover and Ruth - those are great -thanks.

Comment by Dominic Florio on May 13, 2013 at 5:53pm

I have three rescued Canadian Geese with angel wing.  It prevents them from flying.  Yes, bread is the worst thing to feed wildlife.  There are quality feeds and grain mixes which would be fine, but bread is a waste of time and nutrition.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 8, 2013 at 11:44pm

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2013 at 9:43pm

That would make a good discussion topic Dominic.

Parakeet versus Budgie. I actually hear them referred to as Parakeet here. I do also see the term Budgie.

Here's a good link on the topic.

http://www.talkbudgies.com/showthread.php?t=2618

Comment by Dominic Florio on May 7, 2013 at 6:43pm

Actually budgerigar or budgie is correct.  In the US, we do call them parakeets, but parakeets belong to a whole family of hook bill birds. The larger English Budgie, is the same bird but bred to be a half size bigger.  We do call those budgies.  It is a little confusing, but we should really call them budgies.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 7, 2013 at 4:47pm

I suspect they're called budgies in most of the UK and UK affiliated countries.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 7, 2013 at 4:22pm

By the way, when I looked for budgie on Wiki, I found-out they are budgerigars.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 7, 2013 at 4:20pm

Dominic, when I first saw your picture of a half-sider budgie, I thought "budgie", then wondered why I thought that instead of parakeet, which is what they are usually called in the US.

I seem to remember first being aware of budgies while spending 2 years in Scotland.  I saw them everywhere.  I don't see them much in the US.  If I remember right, the Scottish call them budgies, while people in the US call them parakeets.

 

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