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Bird nests from my yard

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by BarbaraSATX 3 hours ago. 1 Reply

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Petey the Puffin tells the future

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 2. 2 Replies

Here's Petey the Puffin, trying to swallow a butterfish that's far too large for his throat.... the little grey fluff ball... keeps tossing his head back, trying to choke down the…Continue

Tags: tipping point, phytoplankton collapse, Gulf of Maine, Climate Destabilization, Petey the Puffin

Pictures from my Coastal birding tip

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Steph S. May 25. 6 Replies

Recently I went to view the Whooping Cranes at a Wildlife refuge - putting up a few pics for everyone.…Continue

Migrating Birds Could Inspire New Military Tech

Started by Steph S. May 21. 0 Replies

Hypersonic drones, flying armored cars, space planes — these are the kinds…Continue

'Teenage' songbirds experience high mortality due to many causes, study finds

Started by Steph S. May 8. 0 Replies

Nearly one-third of songbird species across North America are…Continue

River Birds Affected by Hormone-disrupting Pollutants

Started by Steph S. Apr 29. 0 Replies

Studies have shown for some time now that endocrine disrupting substances from…Continue

Blue-Footed Boobies Declining in the Galapagos

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 28. 1 Reply

The population of blue-footed…Continue

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Comment by Peter Cordel on November 25, 2013 at 8:23am

The Jean Claude bird is really fun, especially after all the chatter about the Volvo commercial. Thanks.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 25, 2013 at 3:54am

The Tufted Coquette is fascinating. Thanks.

Comment by Steph S. on November 24, 2013 at 11:10pm

Comment by Steph S. on November 24, 2013 at 10:55pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 24, 2013 at 10:35pm

6.6 cm is 2.59843 inches! They are lovely! and so tiny!

Here are Google images:

https://www.google.com/search?q=Tufted+Coquette+(+Lophornis+ornatus+)&espv=210&es_sm=119&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=0cmSUua5O6a5iwKaj4DoBw&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1235&bih=576&dpr=0.9

Comment by Patricia on November 24, 2013 at 7:11pm

That's hilarious Ruth!

Jetbird stream.....

Comment by Steph S. on November 24, 2013 at 6:43pm

Ruth and Tony!! Wow fantastic. Thanks for posting such wonderful bird pics. Ruth that one is really funny too. haha

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 24, 2013 at 11:47am

This is a take off from the ad.

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 24, 2013 at 11:21am

From the Wikipedia article

Tufted Coquette

    The Tufted Coquette ( Lophornis ornatus ) is a tiny hummingbird that breeds in eastern Venezuela, Trinidad, Guiana and northern Brazil. It is an uncommon but widespread species, which appears to be a local or seasonal migrant, although its movements are not well understood.

This small bird inhabits open country, gardens and cultivation. It is 6.6 cm long and weighs 2.3 g. The black-tipped red bill is short and straight.

The male Tufted Coquette is a striking bird. It has a rufous head crest and a coppery green back with a whitish rump band that is prominent in flight. The forehead and underparts are green, and black-spotted rufous plumes project from the neck sides. The tail is golden rufous.

The female lacks the crest and plumes. She has green upperparts, except for the whitish tail band, and rufous underparts which become much paler on the belly. The tail is mostly bronze green with a dusky band and whitish tips to the feathers. Immature males are like the female, but the throat is whitish with fine dark spotting.

The female Tufted Coquette lays two eggs in a small cup nest made of plant down and placed on a branch.

Tufted Coquettes are tame and approachable. Their food is nectar, taken from a variety of flowers, and some small invertebrates. The small size and steady flight means that this hummer often resembles a large bee as it moves from flower to flower. The call of this species while feeding is a light chik.

Comment by Steph S. on November 23, 2013 at 9:34pm

 

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