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Black-winged Lory (Eos cyanogenia) -
This medium sized parrot is endemic to various coastal regions of Indonesia. It has a few other similar looking lory relatives with red plumage, differing mostly in the blue and black patterns across its body.
Males and females look similar, while juveniles are duller in color. They can grow up to about 12 inches from beak to tail. It feeds primarily on berries and fruit, occasionally feeding on flower nectar. They live in pairs or small groups of around 5 birds. Pairs nest on coconut trees.
Because of habitat destruction and poaching, this bird has become vulnerable on the IUCN list.
Corvids all day long
- An Osprey may log more than 160,000 migration miles during its 15-to-20-year lifetime. Scientists track Ospreys by strapping lightweight satellite transmitters to the birds’ backs. The devices pinpoint an Osprey’s location to within a few hundred yards and last for 2-3 years. During 13 days in 2008, one Osprey flew 2,700 miles—from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, to French Guiana, South America.
- Ospreys are unusual among hawks in possessing a reversible outer toe that allows them to grasp with two toes in front and two behind. Barbed pads on the soles of the birds’ feet help them grip slippery fish. When flying with prey, an Osprey lines up its catch head first for less wind resistance.
- Ospreys are excellent anglers. Over several studies, Ospreys caught fish on at least 1 in every 4 dives, with success rates sometimes as high as 70 percent. The average time they spent hunting before making a catch was about 12 minutes—something to think about next time you throw your line in the water.
- The Osprey readily builds its nest on manmade structures, such as telephone poles, channel markers, duck blinds, and nest platforms designed especially for it. Such platforms have become an important tool in reestablishing Ospreys in areas where they had disappeared. In some areas nests are placed almost exclusively on artificial structures.
- Osprey eggs do not hatch all at once. Rather, the first chick emerges up to five days before the last one. The older hatchling dominates its younger siblings, and can monopolize the food brought by the parents. If food is abundant, chicks share meals in relative harmony; in times of scarcity, younger ones may starve to death.
- The name “Osprey” made its first appearance around 1460, via the Medieval Latin phrase for “bird of prey” (avis prede). Some wordsmiths trace the name even further back, to the Latin for “bone-breaker”—ossifragus.
- The oldest known Osprey was 25 years, 2 months old.
Male Falconry Great Horned Owl, photos by me taken on 1/28/2014, MD
A male Magnificent Rifflebird mesmerizes a female by whipping his iridescent blue neck and wings back and forth.
Interesting Fact: When the sunlight hit peacock feathers, the colors of the tail will look different every time you change angle. It is the same reason most male peacock court and do the the tail dance in broad daylight.
The Old Dutch Capuchine is a breed of fancy pigeon developed over many years of selective breeding. Old Dutch Capuchines, along with other varieties of domesticated pigeons, are all descendants from the Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
Photo credit: Richard Bailey
Natchez Trace State Park, Carroll Co., TN, USA
This was the most cooperative Wood Thrush I’ve ever seen. We have a few pairs that sing all Spring and Summer long in our woods, but rarely can I even get a poor shot of one, so I was very pleased on this day back in May.
phot/text by Ed Schneider on Flickr.