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Birding, Birders and all things Birds

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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Birdology by Sy Montgomery (Delanceyplace.com)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan May 25. 1 Reply

This morning's vignette from Delanceyplace struck me as being worthy of mention here ... so here I am, mentioning it!  Enjoy. ===================== Birds are the only wild animals most people see every day. No matter where we live, birds live with…Continue

Tags: dinosaurs, birds

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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 24, 2013 at 11:47am

This is a take off from the ad.

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 24, 2013 at 11:21am

From the Wikipedia article

Tufted Coquette

    The Tufted Coquette ( Lophornis ornatus ) is a tiny hummingbird that breeds in eastern Venezuela, Trinidad, Guiana and northern Brazil. It is an uncommon but widespread species, which appears to be a local or seasonal migrant, although its movements are not well understood.

This small bird inhabits open country, gardens and cultivation. It is 6.6 cm long and weighs 2.3 g. The black-tipped red bill is short and straight.

The male Tufted Coquette is a striking bird. It has a rufous head crest and a coppery green back with a whitish rump band that is prominent in flight. The forehead and underparts are green, and black-spotted rufous plumes project from the neck sides. The tail is golden rufous.

The female lacks the crest and plumes. She has green upperparts, except for the whitish tail band, and rufous underparts which become much paler on the belly. The tail is mostly bronze green with a dusky band and whitish tips to the feathers. Immature males are like the female, but the throat is whitish with fine dark spotting.

The female Tufted Coquette lays two eggs in a small cup nest made of plant down and placed on a branch.

Tufted Coquettes are tame and approachable. Their food is nectar, taken from a variety of flowers, and some small invertebrates. The small size and steady flight means that this hummer often resembles a large bee as it moves from flower to flower. The call of this species while feeding is a light chik.

Comment by Steph S. on November 23, 2013 at 9:34pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 23, 2013 at 9:15pm

Patricia, Fantastic owl in flight; so graceful and focused. 

William J Gonzalez and Peter Cordel , I look forward to getting to know you. This is a great place for bird lovers!

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 23, 2013 at 7:19pm

That's fascinating how the owl tucks-in it's wings and tail at just the right moment, and expands them as soon as possible, loosing very little altitude.

Comment by Steph S. on November 23, 2013 at 5:07pm

Oh wow Patricia - I love that GIF. So beautiful.

Comment by Steph S. on November 15, 2013 at 9:18pm

Nice to have you William - thanks for joining

Comment by William J Gonzalez on October 22, 2013 at 6:10pm

I also share my home with a lilac crowned parrot.

Comment by William J Gonzalez on October 22, 2013 at 6:09pm

Thank you.  As an introduction, I live in South Texas, Weslaco, I am originally from Flushing Queens.  I studied music and Botany, and have degrees from the University of Vermont, and Indiana University.  I am a science teacher and respiratory therapist.  I enjoy botanizing and birding.

 

Comment by Steph S. on October 21, 2013 at 7:33pm

William welcome to the group.

 

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