08 Jun 2010
Tags: beautiful, Birds, Captivity, Cockatoos, Creatures, Deemed, Five Unique Birds From Around The World, Helmeted Hornbill, Hoatzin, Hoopoe, macaws, Resplendent Quetzal, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Unique, World
With a world full of flight taking creatures there are bound to be some that are out of the ordinary. There are birds that are deemed beautiful by avid bird watchers, because of the way they take flight or their plumage and then there are birds we catch and raise in captivity that can be deemed just as beautiful. From parakeets to cockatoos and even macaws these birds are all raised in captivity and beautiful. There are also birds that can be deemed as the weirder bunch of birds.
This bird is found in the Mexico and western Panama regions. This bird is only fourteen inches long and an added twenty five inches for the tail when they are male. They only weigh about seven ounces. They have what looks to be a puff ball on their heads and they come in a variety of colors.
16 Apr 2010
Tags: Abbotsbury, Area, Birds, Companions, Couple, Dorset, eggs, Feathers, Gay, Happy, Homosexual, John Houston, Love, Nest, Reserve, Ruffled, swan, Swannery, Territory, World
Two male swans have ruffled feathers at the world’s only swannery in Dorset after they set up a love nest together.
The happy couple at Abbotsbury Swannery are the only homosexual swans among more than 1,000 birds at the reserve.They are believed to be only the second male pair ever to hook up at the reserve. The pair show no interest in their female companions and only have eyes for each other.
Dave Wheeler, from the swannery, said: “The two birds both hatched in 2002 and are sort of together.”They have been together for several nesting seasons and basically keep territory as if they are a nesting pair.”The twosome flock together at the start of the nesting season in March and perform rituals associated with a breeding couple.Manager of Abbotsbury Swannery, John Houston, said: “The swans have been nesting together like this for several years and they get together every nesting season and form a nest together.
“They sit on the nest and act in every way as if they were a pair expecting to lay eggs.”It is quite sweet.”Like most couples, the swans are known for the occasional lover’s tiff, but are quick to sort out their differences.”They just always stay together and I hear that they have some spectacular fights with each other, but they always make up and get back together,” said Mr Houston.”We have more than a thousand swans here in the reserve and they are the only two doing this. We don’t know of any others acting in this way in the area.
20 Feb 2010
Tags: A Different-Kind-of-Dog Fight, amazing pictures, Birds, Cute, Squirrel, walnut
Well hellooooo, little birdies! Oh, do you see something you like…? Is it this delicious walnut? Too bad the tastiest treat on the planet is jusssst out of reach…
Oh my. OK, I did not foresee this seriously terrifying hopping and pecking. How about we go split-sies?
10 Jan 2010
Tags: Ann Duran, Birds, Chicken, Dionne Jenkins, Knits Wooly Jumpers For Birds, South Wales
Crafty Ann Duran, 55, took pity on hens left featherless after being rescued from a battery farm.And she came up with eggs-actly the right answer to keep them warm – hand-knitted tanktops. Ann said: “Some people think I am a little bit crazy but I didn’t like to think of chickens shivering through the winter.”The feathers will eventually grow back but until then my jumpers will keep them warm.”Chickens lose their feathers after being cooped up in hot sheds at battery farms.
Ann, of Neath, South Wales, heard about the featherless birds from friend Dionne Jenkins who saves retired battery hens.And she roped pals to form the Helping Hands knitting circle – making jumpers for bald chickens across the country.Dionne, 26, said: “It is quite upsetting to see chickens without their feathers – but Ann has solved the problem.”Three of my birds modelled them and they fit really well. I think the chickens look really sweet in them.”
12 Dec 2009
Tags: Birds, Canaries, Female, Sexily, Testosterone
Testosterone gets female canaries singing. Dutch researcher Tessa Hartog knows how you can make a female canary sing using testosterone and the protein BDNF. Normally, female canaries don’t sing, but with a few tweaks, the females’ brain structure can be altered in a way that lets them burst into song. Their singing can even be considered sexy.
The influence of hormones on the brain, and on learning and memory processes, is complex and difficult to measure, but canary song is a good model for analysing these types of process. Hartog analysed which substances played a part in the singing behaviour of female canaries and how these substances altered the anatomy of the brain.
Multifunctional testosterone Previous research had already shown that testosterone influenced singing behaviour. It gave rise to new neurones (nerve cells) in the area of the brain that controls singing. However, the extent to which other proteins, such as BDNF, also played a part remained unclear. Hartog established that BDNF could get the females to sing, even if the female birds had not been treated with testosterone. Moreover, combining BDNF and testosterone allowed the females to master the art of ’sexy’ song structures, normally reserved for virile male birds.
22 Nov 2009
Tags: Birds, Burrow, Caring, Chicks, Dedicated, Fall, Father, Feathers, Hallager, Instance, Male, National, Papa, Park, Reason, Rhea, Smithsonian, species, Years, Zoological
Three of the four new rhea chicks at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo nest in the feathers of their father. The chicks hatched on Apr. 20 and were the first rhea chicks to hatch at the National Zoo in 30 years. Dedicated fathers, it is the male rhea who incubates the eggs and protects the chicks after they hatch. The Zoo is now home to a total of seven rheas: a male, two females, and the four new chicks.
Male Bird at National Zoological Park Has Special Reason to Celebrate Father’s Day How will the only male rhea at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo spend Father’s Day? He will spend it much like he has spent the past eight weeks: as a proud papa nurturing and caring for his four chicks that hatched April 20. This is the first time in some 30 years that rhea chicks have hatched at the Zoo.