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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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Researchers create tool to predict avian flu outbreaks

Started by Steph S. on Monday. 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

Migratory shorebirds could face extinction within a decade

Started by Steph S. Sep 26, 2014. 0 Replies

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

Concentrated Solar Ravages Birds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 25, 2014. 2 Replies

Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-airI'm a solar power enthusiast, but this turns my stomach. We need a different approach.IVANPAH…Continue

Tags: mortality, bird, , concentrated, solar, arrays"

Climate Change and blood-sucking eye worms

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 16, 2014. 1 Reply

Climate Change raises the frequency of heavy rainfall events. If the sudden crash of quail in Texas in 2010 is a symptom of how deluges impact wild birds, we are in trouble.…Continue

Tags: quail, blood-sucking eye worms

Bird nests from my yard

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Jul 25, 2014. 1 Reply

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Neonicotinoids kill songbirds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jul 11, 2014. 1 Reply

Second Silent Spring? Bird Declines Linked to Popular PesticidesResearch from the Netherlands…Continue

Tags: bird mortality, neonicotinoids

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 25, 2013 at 11:07am

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 25, 2013 at 11:04am

Ruth, "the ad" sends chills down my spine! Who would possibly put themselves at such a risk other than someone who loves to live on the edge. There surely was a stunt man doing the spread. Did you notice the truck were backing up? That just makes it so much more chilling. Thanks for the adventure.

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 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.

 

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