Posts tagged bird.



Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata) »by Patrik Wittenby (1|2)

Well here’s an unbelievably magnificent bird with a back like the light filtering through trees to a leafy forest ground or a sunrise gleaming off a gently flowing stream. BIRD. WAI U SO DIVINE

08.27.14 ♥ 2588


Great Egret | Tristan Dumlao

08.27.14 ♥ 2570






You can feel the offense on that golden eagle’s face.

ilu corvids

Even if the last three are ravens, not crows. (Not sure of the one in the first pic—it’s crow-shaped but has magpie-ish coloration, or a trick of the camera?)

Top one is a hooded crow :)

08.24.14 ♥ 43439


The great-winged petrel (Pterodroma macroptera) is a species of petrel endemic to southern Australia and New Zealand; this specimen was photographed east of Tasmania. Two subspecies of the great-winged petrel are recognized.

Photograph: JJ Harrison

(via: Wikipedia)

08.23.14 ♥ 59


ABC Bird of the Week: Inca Tern

This striking bird occupies part of the same habitat ruled by the ancient Inca Empire in South America. Inca Terns are best known by their dashing white mustaches, which are found on both male and female birds.

The species is found only near the cold waters of the Humboldt Current, where the birds feed on anchovies and other small fish. Like Least Terns, Inca Terns feed by plunge diving and surface dipping. The birds also scavenge scraps from sea lions, dolphins, and fishing boats. Declining fish stocks are one of the reasons for this species’ population decline.

It’s a gregarious species, nesting in colonies of several thousand birds. This recording from Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Refuge outside of Lima, Peru, gives an idea of what these colonies are like…

(read more: American Bird Conservancy)

photo by Greg Homel

Inca terns are fabulous

08.23.14 ♥ 364



look at this fucked up bird


what the fuck

it’s a sage-grouse!

don’t act like you don’t want to be reincarnated into a pointy-tailed bird with bouncy yellow neck titties 

08.20.14 ♥ 57290

more people need to appreciate dovekies






this has been a dovekie appreciation post

#it’s like a penguin crossed with a fat swallow

08.15.14 ♥ 51918


Who knew chickens could be so cool? The colorful comb (top part) and wattle (bottom part) of the Green Junglefowl (Gallus varius) is so gorgeous! Actually, the bird isn’t exactly a chicken - it’s in the pheasant family. That explains it.You’ll find Green Junglefowl in pairs/groups of two to five in the wild led by a dominant male who leads the pack, so to speak. At night he’ll lead the rest of his troop back into the cover of the forest where the birds nest in bamboo stands at 15–20 feet above the forest floor.

The Green Junglefowl, Gallus varius also known as Javan Junglefowl, Forktail or Green Javanese Junglefowl is a medium-sized, up to 75 cm long, bird in the pheasant family Phasianidae. Recent molecular work (Kimball et al., Barrowclough) has revealed that Junglefowl and Pheasants are not monophyletic.

( read more )

08.15.14 ♥ 2320


Many-coloured rush tyrant (Tachuris rubrigastra)

This tiny real-life “angry bird” is a small passerine bird of South America belonging to the tyrant flycatcher family. It inhabits marshland and reedbeds around lakes and rivers. The nest is built among plant credits: Glenn Bartley, David Brassington



Photos by Steven Duncan

Crested screamers/southern screamers are one of my favorite kinds of birds. Look at those wing spurs. wowie

bonemonger ! This is the bird I couldn’t think of in the Grant Musuem

08.12.14 ♥ 3383


Swallow Tanager

These colorful birds are both Swallow tanagers, Tersina viridis (Passeriformes - Thraupidae), a species native to South America that displays a distinctive, sexually dimorphic, coloration.

Male Swallow Tanagers (top) are shining turquoise blue, with a broad bill and black on the forehead and throat. While females (bottom) are a dull green overall with buffy yellow underparts. 

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Mariza Sanches  |  [Top]  -  [Bottom]

Locality: Piraju, Sao Paulo, Brazil

08.11.14 ♥ 569


Once-Common Marine Birds Disappearing from Our Coast (in Washington State)

Bird surveys like this and others done by plane are tracking a significant ecological shift in our region — a major decline in once-abundant marine birds. From white-winged scoters and surf scoters to long-tailed ducks, murres, loons and some seagulls, the number of everyday marine birds here has plummeted dramatically in recent decades.

Scoters are down more than 75 percent from what they were in the late 1970s. Murres have dropped even more. Western grebes have mostly vanished, falling from several hundred thousand birds to about 20,000.

The reasons often vary — from climate change and shoreline development to marine pollution and the rebound of predators such as bald eagles.

But several new studies now also link many dwindling marine bird populations to what they eat — especially herring, anchovies, sand lance and surf smelt, the tiny swimmers often dubbed forage fish…

(read more: The Seattle Times)


fim-fim (Euphonia chlorotica) (by jarbas mattos)

*Purple Necked Euphonia

08.08.14 ♥ 181