Category Archives: birds

The superb Superb Bird of Paradise

The Cornell Birds-of-Paradise Project is a great website that contains all kinds of information about the 39 species in this fantastic group. There are videos and information about the sexual dimorphism in plumage and behavior, and other aspects of the birds’ biology, information about their evolutionary history and the people who study them, and general information […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Thanks to the several readers who have sent me photos. Be assured that they’re all in the queue and will eventually appear.  Today I’ll do a potpourri from readers sending just one or a few photos. This one is from reader Bob Felton, who sent a note: I’m sure this is small-time compared to most […]

Another bird interlude

It looks as if today is Bird Day, but what’s wrong with that? Here’s a cool video tw**t sussed out by reader Barry: When the camera shutter speed is in sync with the wings of a bird, you can happen to see this — Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) July 17, 2017

Do ravens plan for the future?

The answer to the title question is “apparently so, and at about the level of great apes and four-year-old human children”. That, at least, is the conclusion of Can Kabadayi and Mathias Osvath, the authors of a new paper in Science on raven behavior in the lab (reference and free download below; see also the Perspective […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and videos)

Professor Bruce Lyon continues to regale us with stories, pictures, and his own videos about his group’s research on the fascinating American Coot (Fulica americana). There’s a lot of good science in these, so don’t skip the text! I especially like the “tousling” behavior described below. One lesson is that if you watch an animal […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Send in those photos, folks: this is an Official Plea™ from Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus). Today we have two batches of photos; the first is by reader Gregory Zoinerowich, an professor of entomology at Kansas State University. His notes are indented: I  had been out experimenting with a new camera, so attached are some photos […]

Adorable (and cryptic) golden plover chicks

As usual, Matthew Cobb is the fount of all animal tw**ts. Here are two good ones: chicks of what I guess to be the European golden plover, Pluvialis apricaria. Very late golden plover hatchlings. Still beautiful! #fieldwork — Camilo Carneiro (@Camilo_Carneiro) July 16, 2017 I have no idea whether this is camouflage for a mossy […]

Some winners of the 2017 Audubon Photography Contest

The Atlantic has published some absolutely stunning photos that are the winners of the 2017 Audubon Magazine photography contest: The winners of the the eighth annual Audubon Photography Awards competition have just been announced.  Photographers entered images in three categories: professional, amateur, and youth. More than 5,500 images depicting birdlife from 49 states and eight Canadian provinces, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

We have a bird video from reader Art in Ohio: We have been following the development of three noisy but adorable wood thrush chicks (Hylocichla mustelina) and their industrious parents. Here is a short video of them feeding. And reader Will from Morris, Illinois sends a strange example of animal behavior. Today, I observed and photographed (attached) […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s been a while since we’ve had a collection of photos from Stephen Barnard in Idaho, though I’ve posted his documentation of The Gadwell Clan. Here are some non-duck photos with his captions: I look for these Common Nighthawks (Chordeiles minor) when I’m fishing. When they show up in numbers (which they do most mornings and […]