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Aramus the Limpkin

ARAMUS THE LIMPKIN

As it walks in its marshy habitat, its ungainly stride makes it look as if the bird is limping, hence the common name of Limpkin. Aramus...

The Jacanas

THE JACANAS

Attractive birds of the tropics of Asia, Africa, South America, and Australia, Jacanas sprightly move over the tops of lily pads and...

 
 
 
Nightjars and Goatsuckers

NIGHTJARS AND GOATSUCKERS

The order Caprimulgiformes includes four families of birds with not only odd appearances but odd names. Commonly called nightjars,...

DYNAMIC SOARING

You may have marveled at the spectacular and elegant control albatrosses have over their above ocean flights. You may be familiar with...

 
 
 
A Website to Avoid: Birdwatching USA

A WEBSITE TO AVOID: BIRDWATCHING USA

There are numerous bird blogs and websites on the internet and I presume my readers read and subscribe to others as well. Most bird...

Hawks at the Feeder

HAWKS AT THE FEEDER

Years ago, some well-meaning bird lover passed away and left a pretty decent bundle of money to our local Audubon Society, but she...

 
 
 
The Color of Birds

THE COLOR OF BIRDS

There has always been the presumption or assumption that tropical birds are generally more colorful than those further from the tropics....

Shape-shifting Birds

SHAPE-SHIFTING BIRDS

There is a “rule,” actually a rule of thumb, that says as distance from the equator increases (like going farther north in the northern...

 
 
 
Again About the Ivory-billed Wodpecker

AGAIN ABOUT THE IVORY-BILLED WODPECKER

In the fall of 2021 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Ivory-billed Woodpecker extinct as there have been no reliable...

Sleeping Birds

SLEEPING BIRDS

I previously wrote a post explaining why birds don't fall out of trees while they are sleeping. Not falling out of a tree has to do...

 
 
 
New Additions to Life List?

NEW ADDITIONS TO LIFE LIST?

Some estimates give 150,000 to 1.5 million as the number of bird species that have ever lived. Most went extinct as the environment...

Identifying Birds with GISS or JIZZ

IDENTIFYING BIRDS WITH GISS OR JIZZ

I led a bird walk a couple of weeks ago and one of the participants pointed out a bird on a power line quite a distance away and said...

 
 
 
Flights of Fancy

FLIGHTS OF FANCY

Richard Dawkins is a British evolutionary biologist and author. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford. An atheist, he is...

The Bombycillidae

THE BOMBYCILLIDAE

I saw a few Cedar Waxwings the other day, such elegant and poised birds. In their small genus Bombycilla are two other waxwing species:...

 
 
 
Oology and Museums

OOLOGY AND MUSEUMS

I earlier blogged about Oology , the study of eggs, actually their shells. In the 19 th and early 20 th century it was a hobby, like...

Bluebirds

BLUEBIRDS

Bluebirds, family Turdidae, belong to the genus Sialia , from the Greek meaning “a kind of bird.” Not a very helpful description. The...

 
 
 
The Turdidae, True Thrushes

THE TURDIDAE, TRUE THRUSHES

The family Turdidae contains the true thrushes of the world, although there are birds in other families some of which are called thrushes....

Designed to Fly

DESIGNED TO FLY

I received a comment from a subscriber the other day who asked me to publish a short article in my blog. The piece said, in a few short...

 
 
 
Mating for Life?

MATING FOR LIFE?

I regularly hear that birds like eagles, hawks, vultures, swans, and puffins mate for life. There are documented cases of birds mating...

A Little Bird Sex

A LITTLE BIRD SEX

Mammals, like us, have 23 pairs of chromosomes. One pair comprise the sex chromosomes, one designated X and one Y. An individual with...

 
 
 



Birding Shanghai in June 2022

Birding Shanghai in June 2022

To be precise, “Birding Shanghai from June 10 to June 30, 2022” - but that is even less of an exciting title than the one above. The reason for this post only covering the... Read more ...

Canine reference genome accuracy impacts variant calling: Lessons learned...

Abstract Deficient homozygosity of a variant maintained in a population suggests that the variant may be embryonic lethal. We examined whole genome sequence data from 675... Read more ...

White-gaped Honeyeaters

White-gaped Honeyeaters

The White-gaped Honeyeater - Stomiopera unicolor is common around Broome, but you find them mostly alone and not with others of the same species. They are generally a vocal... Read more ...

Aramus the Limpkin

Aramus the Limpkin

As it walks in its marshy habitat, its ungainly stride makes it look as if the bird is limping, hence the common name of Limpkin. Aramus , the genus name, comes from the Greek... Read more ...