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Putting Dirt Eating Birds Into A Broader Perspective

Every year thousands of birdwatchers flock to the Peruvian Amazon to visit the famous cliff faces and river banks where at least 21 different species of parrots gather in huge numbers to eat dirt. Not only is this a curious phenomenon to witness in and of itself, but the highly localized nature of this bizarre behavior makes for easy viewing of some of the most beautiful birds you might ever hope to see mingling in one place. Research at these sites has revealed that the parrots' preferences are highly specific to the extent that they concentrate their activities to narrow...

Weird Wax Eating Birds

Birds eat all kinds of food items, some of which very much appeal to our own palettes, particularly things like fruits berries, nuts, corn, and maybe even fish, crabs, mollusks, and crustaceans. However, aside from sushi lovers, most of us prefer these later types of food in at least a partially cooked format. Then there are those birds that eat things nearly everyone finds to be downright repulsive.

World Record-Setters: Smallest and Largest Birds

If the world's smallest and largest birds were to sit next to each other, the effect might be that of a city bus parked next to a tricycle. Birds have evolved to fill every ecological niche on the planet, and have developed body sizes and other adaptations to help them survive.

Wild Bird Profile: The Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted grosbeaks are large finches with very large bills and easily identified by their plumage. Males are black and white with a bright pink patch on their breast and inside their wings. Females are olive-brown with a distinct pale supercilium on their face and their breasts are streaky.

Cedar Waxwing Bird Profile

A medium-sized bird (approx 32g) with distinct plumage coloration. Overall, waxwings are grayish brown with a large crest and black facial mask and chin patch. On the tips of their secondary feather, adults have bright red wax-like feathers.

Predation at Bird Feeders and the Cats Indoors Campaign

Witnessing a predation is rare unless you spend a lot of time outdoors. To some it can be a shocking and violent occasion that is hard to forget; to others it appears as an interesting and wholly natural part of the cycle of life. To those interested in animal behavior, witnessing a predation provides an opportunity to learn.

Found a Hurt Bird - Here's What You Should Do

For many of us, when we witness a fellow creature writhing in pain, our altruistic instincts urge us to rush to their aid. However, in the case of an injured bird, curb that compulsion momentarily and consider the following.

The Super Spatial Memory of the Blue Jay

The common Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is among the most familiar of companions to bird feeding enthusiasts across much of Canada and the United States of America. A bold beacon of loud blue energy and occasional bully at the feeding station, the Blue Jay is always fun bird to watch.

Attracting Birds Without Bird Seed

Many people think that the best way to lure birds to their yard is with bagged bird seed. While this does draw in birds to their yards, there are alternative ways to entice our feathered friends without visiting the store every couple of weeks.

Tips for Attracting Birds to a Winter's Bounty

With fall migration, we say goodbye to the breathtaking songs and colors of the summer songbirds. Many backyard birdwatchers welcome the winter residents that brighten the cold days with flashes of chestnut brown, fire-engine red, and ivory white. Here are a few useful tips to help attract a plethora of species to your backyard this winter.
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