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Takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri)
The Takahē, Notornis, or South Island Takahē is a flightless bird indigenous to New Zealand and belonging to the rail family. It was thought to be extinct after the last four known specimens were taken in 1898. However, after a carefully planned search effort the bird was rediscovered in the Murchison Mountains, where it is still found nowadays.
The Takahē is monogamous, builds a bulky nest under bushes and scrub, and lays one to three buff eggs. It is territorial. Although the Takahe now finds protection in the Fiordland National park it is still highly endangered.
Green Honeycreeper - Chlorophanes spiza
Green Honeycreepers, Chlorophanes spiza (Passeriformes - Thraupidae) are brightly colored tanagers found from southern Mexico to Brazil. One of the most distinctive features of this species is the slender, slightly decurved bill, which is mostly yellow. The male is a brighter, bluer green in color, with a broad black mask. Females are a duller, more uniform green.
The Green Honeycreeper generally forages around fruiting trees for fruits, nectar, and insects.
Photo credit: ©Thierry Montford | Locality: French Guiana (2008)
Meg is a pretty adorable model when she’s not too busy flying, screaming or destroying things.
Oh man, that is one stunning melanistic individual!
The Pied Kingfisher - Ceryle rudis, is a water kingfisher and is found widely distributed across Africa and Asia.
Photo by outdoorphoto.co.za.
What a stunning bird
Let us introduce you to the spotted pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus), one of Australia’s smallest (8 to 10 cm in length) and prettiest birds. We met this stunning male whilst on our field program in the Grampians with our second year environmental science students. The spotted pardalote is a passerine species of bird, noted for the toe arrangement of 3 toes forward and one toe back. The diversity of Australian birds is stunning, and we just love it when they let us get a decent photo!
Rose-ringed Parakeet - Psittacula krameri
Also known as Ring-necked Parakeet, Psittacula krameri (Psittacidae) is a mainly green parrot with a red bill and a long, tapered tail. This is the Old World’s most widely distributed parrot, occurring in northern Africa north of the moist forest zone as well as across much of southern Asia.
These parrots are highly gregarious, especially outside the breeding season, sometimes forming flocks of several thousand birds. They roost communally, often with crows, mynas, or other parrots.
Photo credit: ©Vijay Anand Ismavel | Locality: Kaziranga National Park, Eastern Range, Assam, India (2012)