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Erythrura gouldiae (Passeriformes - Estrildidae), commonly known as Gouldian Finch, Lady Gouldian Finch, Gould’s Finch or the Rainbow Finch, is an Endangered species endemic to North Australia.
The adults are vividly multicolored, and exhibit three different facial color-morphs: black-headed (most common), red-headed and yellow-headed (rare). In this photo you can see two of the three morphs.
Photo credit: ©Alwyn Simple
Locality: Near Mataranka, Northern Territory, Australia
European Starling (Common Starling)
European Starlings, Sturnus vulgaris (Passeriformes - Sturnidae), were first brought to North America by Shakespeare enthusiasts in the nineteenth century. They are now among the continent’s most numerous songbirds.
European Starlings are stocky black birds with short tails, triangular wings, and long, pointed bills. Though they’re sometimes resented for their abundance and aggressiveness, they’re still dazzling birds to look at.
Covered in white spots during winter, they turn dark and glossy in summer. For much of the year, they flock in the sky and mob lawns in big, noisy flocks.
Photo credit: ©Sandy Stewart
Locality: South East Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada
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Malabar Pied Hornbills
This astounding picture of a pair of Malabar Pied Hornbills, Anthracoceros coronatus (Coraciiformes - Bucerotidae) was shot by wildlife photographer Sachin Rai.
Sachin spotted the duo late one evening in Dandeli, Karnataka, India, where flocks of hornbills are known to congregate to feed, copulate and roost in the trees before dusk descends.
Flying close to each other, the two birds - evidently of the same sex - suddenly turned and locked beaks mid-air, the spectacular show lasting for less than a second when this image was captured!
Though not much is known about this behavior, it is thought that these two birds are locked in an act of pre-roosting behavior. In scientific literature, this behaviour is known as casque-butting, believed to be a form of dominance display or playful chase or a pre-breeding interaction between adults birds. Also reported in other species like the great pied hornbill, such behaviour only adds to the fascination of these already enchanting birds.
This image won Sachin Rai the Sanctuary Asia - ABN Amro Award.
Diving Red Kite by jamiemacarthur1
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) male, Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA.