Posts tagged bird.
Mr. Bones, again. Radical Raptors. He looks and sounds like a feathered dragon and thinks Dennis Robson is his Mommy. Love this guy!
Mulga Parrot - Psephotus varius
This brightly colored bird is a male Mulga parrot, also known as Many-coloured Parrot, and scientifically named Psephotus varius (Psittaciformes - Psittaculidae), a species endemic to Australia which is characterized by the colorful plumage of males.
Photo credit: ©Julian Robinson | Locality: Cocoparra National Park, Griffith, New South Wales, Australia (2009)
Aaaand what better way to christen my new blog than with some of my favorite Puppy pictures? (Also, still slightly indignant over today’s earlier slights against his magnificence.)
Some of my sweet chillruns.
Don’t you even dare say they don’t have sweet faces, I will kick you so hard
Chickadee (floppy comb) and Moa (upright comb), Plymouth Barred Rock hens.
Coho, Salmon Faverolles hen (cream colored with a beard and muffs)
Mildred, black Cochin hen
Baron Rufflerump (or just Bubbles, to us), blue Cochin rooster (photographed in the grass)
Violet-backed Starling - Cinnyricinclus leucogaster
As you can see in these photos, in the African species Cinnyricinclus leucogaster (Passeriformes - Sturnidae) the sexual dimorphism is extreme in terms of coloration plumage. It means that both males and females are phenotypically different or have different appearance.
Males have head, neck, back and tail of brilliant purple. The underside is white. The female, however, is drab; the purple of the male is replaced by olive green feathers and the white underside is flecked with green dashes.
Juvenile starlings massing on my roof this week.
At this time of year their numbers have been bolstered by the new generation…..some of which noisily fledged above my bedroom window twice this summer. You can tell which ones are this year’s youngsters, as they still have their pale-brown heads. By winter they will have adopted the darker, oily-looking plumage of their parents.
We’ve always had a healthy population of starlings up here. They flock together in a small murmuration of several hundred individuals all year round and are one of my favourite spectacles in the Lomond Hills.
Vulturine guineafowl - Acryllium vulturinum
This stylish chicken is the African species Acryllium vulturinum (Galliformes - Numididae), a spectacularly colored, long-tailed Guineafowl which is easily distinguished from the other species. The combination of vivid cobalt blue mixed with black and white on the long neck feathers is very striking.
Photo credit: ©Steve Garvie | Locality: Samburu, Kenya (2013)
Black Oystercatcher chicks (Haematopus bachmani) in the nest on Hawadax Island, Alaska. Nesting birds have returned to the island after federal agencies undertook a massive effort to remove non-native invasive rats.
Photo by Rory Stansbury/Island Conservation
(via: The National Audubon Society)