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City Birding Escapes: Where to Go and What to See in New York City

2 years ago   |   By All About Birds

At Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge look for Double-crested Cormorants, Forster's Terns, Herring Gulls, and many other seabird and shorebird species. Photo by Don Riepe.
From the Summer 2019 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now .
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With 8.6 million inhabitants, New York City is America's most populated urban area. But maybe surprisingly, it's also one of the birdiest big cities in the world. Thanks to its geography along the East Coast flyway and a rich...
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View from Sapsucker Woods: 50 Years of Florida Scrub-Jay Studies Show Value of Long-Term Research

View from Sapsucker Woods: 50 Years of Florida Scrub-Jay Studies Show Value of Long-Term Research

2 years ago   |   By All About Birds

A Florida Scrub-Jay with ID bands. Photo by Reed Bowman .
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Fifty years ago this spring, Cornell alum Glen Woolfenden '53 put plastic color leg bands on a few Florida Scrub-Jays at Archbold Biological Station in central Florida. He was intrigued by the cooperative social behavior at the nests of these little-studied jays (older siblings from the previous year's breeding season stick around to help parents at the nest), and he affixed the leg bands to identify each individual member of seven different family groups.
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Indigenous Forest Guards Achieve Breakthroughs in Protecting the Great Philippine Eagle

Indigenous Forest Guards Achieve Breakthroughs in Protecting the Great Philippine Eagle

2 years ago   |   By All About Birds

An indigenous forest guard from the Higaonon tribe monitors Great Philippine Eagle habitat. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Eagle Foundation.
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With a 7-foot wingspan, the Philippine Eagle is one of the world's largest rap­tors, and one of the most endangered (see In the Aerie of the Philippine Ea­gle ). Only a few hundred breeding pairs remain, on just four of the thousands of islands that...
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Blue Gemstones with Wings: Lazuli and Indigo Buntings

Blue Gemstones with Wings: Lazuli and Indigo Buntings

2 years ago   |   By All About Birds

Lazuli and Indigo Buntings. Illustration by Bartels Science Illustrator Jessica French.
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Birders in both the East and the West can see delightful, cheery blue buntings. The Indigo Bunting sings with cheerful gusto (they're sometimes nicknamed “blue canaries”). The Lazuli Bunting mixes splashes of orange with its azure plumage (this bird's common name stems from the lapis lazuli blue gemstone). Like...
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The New, Incredibly Patient Hobby of Google Street View Birding

The New, Incredibly Patient Hobby of Google Street View Birding

2 years ago   |   By All About Birds

A Google Street View tour of Sand Island, Midway Atoll, can reveal tens of thousands of Laysan Albatrosses. Image from Google Street View .
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Wouldn't it be nice if you could, from the comfort of your home, find an ostrich in Ohio, or penguins in Pennsylvania? Introducing the “Google Street View Birding” Facebook group, where more than 2,200 birders are doing just that. As of April 2019, the group...
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Scientists ID why Gouldian Finches Have Red, Black, or Yellow Heads

Scientists ID why Gouldian Finches Have Red, Black, or Yellow Heads

2 years ago   |   By All About Birds

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Research led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom revealed an evolutionary selection mechanism that causes polymorphism in Gouldian Finches. The study, published in April in the journal Nature Communications, identified the mechanism that allows this species to produce individuals with red heads, black heads, and yellow heads .
“Most people have...
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Do Birds Dream?

Do Birds Dream?

2 years ago   |   By All About Birds

Dreaming bird by Megan Bishop.
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Scientists who study the brain activity of humans during REM sleep often ask their human subjects what they dreamed about in order to decipher what the brain activity patterns mean. Birds also exhibit signs of REM sleep. Are they dreaming?
It's a fascinating question, but unfortunately there's no answer right now. In birds, the patterns of neuronal activity in...
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Gallery: Sunset on the Jersey Shore

Gallery: Sunset on the Jersey Shore

2 years ago   |   By All About Birds

Forster's Tern at sunset by Ray Hennessy.
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There is something really special about watching a flock of birds without another human soul around you. I came upon a small flock of Forster's Terns and Black Skimmers loafing and preening at sunset at Island Beach State Park along the central New Jersey shore. The light was gorgeous, and the very humid atmosphere cut down the power of the sun until it...
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Living Bird Summer 2019-Table of Contents

Living Bird Summer 2019-Table of Contents

2 years ago   |   By All About Birds

A female Golden-winged Warbler. Photo by Scott Keys.
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Feature Articles The Forgotten Female: How a Generation of Women Scientists Changed Our View of Evolution By Kathi Borgmann
Female Red-backed Fairywren. Photo by Hayley Alexander. Old Flames: The Tangled History of Forest Fires, Wildlife, and People Story By Hugh Powell; Photographs by Jeremy Roberts
Black-backed Woodpecker by Jeremy Roberts/Conservation Media. A Swainson's Hawk Reunion Celebrates a Conservation Success By Scott Weidensaul
Swainson's Hawk by Chris Vennum. Are...
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Birds of Malaysia - Covering Peninsular Malaysia, Malaysian Borneo and Singapore

Birds of Malaysia - Covering Peninsular Malaysia, Malaysian Borneo and Singapore

When you think of the best birding in the south of Asia, it is Malaysia that comes to mind, although you are likely not to even think of the country as such: you are dreaming... Read more ...