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Songbird habitat affects reproduction, survival

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Steph S. Aug 28. 2 Replies

A University of Montana professor who studies birds around the…Continue

Little Tern's air miles equal two and a half times round the world

Started by Steph S. Aug 10. 0 Replies

Wildlife conservationists studying rare Little Terns nesting…Continue

Global seabird populations have dropped 70 per cent in past 60 years say researchers

Started by Steph S. Jul 23. 0 Replies

Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have revealed…Continue

Petey the Puffin tells the future

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 16. 3 Replies

Here's Petey the Puffin, trying to swallow a butterfish that's far too large for his throat.... the little grey fluff ball... keeps tossing his head back, trying to choke down the…Continue

Tags: tipping point, phytoplankton collapse, Gulf of Maine, Climate Destabilization, Petey the Puffin

Seabirds may navigate by scent

Started by Steph S. Jul 15. 0 Replies

Seabirds called shearwaters manage to navigate across long stretches of…Continue

Bird-Safe Wind Power

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 30. 1 Reply

Chaska company designs wind turbine of the futureBird proof wind energy that harvests works in low wind, what a…Continue

Tags: bird safe, wind energy, SheerWind's INVELOX technology

Male peacocks keep eyes low when checking out competition

Started by Steph S. Jun 16. 0 Replies

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — Eye-tracking cameras show that peacocks checking out…Continue

Go fish! Ancient birds evolved specialist diving adaptations

Started by Steph S. May 26. 0 Replies

Date:May 22, 2015Source:Taylor & FrancisSummary:A new study of…Continue

These birds provide their own drum beat

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 23. 1 Reply

Listen closely to a Java sparrow sing: Interspersed among the notes…Continue

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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.

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2013 at 9:52am

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2013 at 9:52am

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2013 at 9:51am

Scissor-Tail Flycatcher

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2013 at 9:50am

Dominic that is a beautiful parakeet.

Thank you all for the posts. I love coming here to see the lovely birds.

Makes my day.

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 6, 2013 at 10:46pm

Yes, that was it! Thanks Steph. Was beautiful to see in person.

Comment by Steph S. on May 6, 2013 at 10:37pm

Killdeer

Comment by Dominic Florio on May 5, 2013 at 7:36pm

The half-sider is actually not a true variety. The trait is not genetically inherited. Rather, it is a congenital condition. Visually, this budgie is split vertically, with the appearance and color of two distinct varieties appearing in splotches or sections divided by the vertical center line. I believe that this is a condition called tetragametic chimerism in which fraternal twin zygotes fuse at a very early stage in the womb, forming one individual with the tissues and DNA of both twins. 

 

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