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This group is for birding, birders and bird enthusiasts. One can be a pet owner, researcher, Ornithologist, birder that is advanced or novice. Anyone interested in birds!

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Bird-Safe Wind Power

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat 3 hours ago. 1 Reply

Chaska company designs wind turbine of the futureBird proof wind energy that harvests works in low wind, what a…Continue

Tags: bird safe, wind energy, SheerWind's INVELOX technology

Male peacocks keep eyes low when checking out competition

Started by Steph S. Jun 16. 0 Replies

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — Eye-tracking cameras show that peacocks checking out…Continue

Go fish! Ancient birds evolved specialist diving adaptations

Started by Steph S. May 26. 0 Replies

Date:May 22, 2015Source:Taylor & FrancisSummary:A new study of…Continue

These birds provide their own drum beat

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 23. 1 Reply

Listen closely to a Java sparrow sing: Interspersed among the notes…Continue

Bird flu found at 4 more Iowa farms with 2M chickens

Started by Steph S. Apr 27. 0 Replies

Some sad news today about the bird flu virus.State officials say the bird flu virus has been found in four more northwest Iowa poultry farms with more than 2 million chickens.The Iowa Department of Agriculture announced Monday there were probable…Continue

Researchers create tool to predict avian flu outbreaks

Started by Steph S. Apr 13. 0 Replies

A simple and effective portable tool to predict avian flu outbreaks on farms has been created by University of Guelph researchers.U of G researchers devised a real-time way to analyze chickens and other farm birds for avian flu. The tool uses a…Continue

Gulf Oil Spill still affects US birds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 31. 0 Replies

Nearly five years after the Gulf Oil Spill, BP is still denying it's impact on wildlife. A National Wildlife Federation report cites 20 species still significantly affected. Migrating birds spread the toxins.The National Wildlife Federation’s report…Continue

Tags: BP oil spill

Why are snowy owls moving so far from their Arctic home? And where can I spot one?

Started by Steph S. Jan 4. 0 Replies

A snowy owl surveys photographer Conrad Kuiper from atop…Continue

Migratory shorebirds could face extinction within a decade

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 26, 2014. 1 Reply

Migrating shorebirds that travel to Australia from Siberia are under serious threat from development, which is destroying the vital feeding grounds they rely on during the epic journey.Director of Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology…Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 7, 2013 at 4:22pm

By the way, when I looked for budgie on Wiki, I found-out they are budgerigars.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 7, 2013 at 4:20pm

Dominic, when I first saw your picture of a half-sider budgie, I thought "budgie", then wondered why I thought that instead of parakeet, which is what they are usually called in the US.

I seem to remember first being aware of budgies while spending 2 years in Scotland.  I saw them everywhere.  I don't see them much in the US.  If I remember right, the Scottish call them budgies, while people in the US call them parakeets.

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2013 at 9:52am

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2013 at 9:52am

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2013 at 9:51am

Scissor-Tail Flycatcher

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2013 at 9:50am

Dominic that is a beautiful parakeet.

Thank you all for the posts. I love coming here to see the lovely birds.

Makes my day.

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 6, 2013 at 10:46pm

Yes, that was it! Thanks Steph. Was beautiful to see in person.

Comment by Steph S. on May 6, 2013 at 10:37pm

Killdeer

Comment by Dominic Florio on May 5, 2013 at 7:36pm

The half-sider is actually not a true variety. The trait is not genetically inherited. Rather, it is a congenital condition. Visually, this budgie is split vertically, with the appearance and color of two distinct varieties appearing in splotches or sections divided by the vertical center line. I believe that this is a condition called tetragametic chimerism in which fraternal twin zygotes fuse at a very early stage in the womb, forming one individual with the tissues and DNA of both twins. 

Comment by Steph S. on May 3, 2013 at 11:39pm

Lovely photos Dominic. I just love them. Thanks. I will add them to my collection.

 

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