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Most Eastern Bluebirds Mate for life, But there is More to It

Eastern Bluebird | Mating | Nest & Eggs | Parental Care | Fledging | Growth | Sex of Fledglings In this article, I explore whether Eastern Bluebirds mate for life. Bluebirds are known for their colors and soft songs, but their love lives hold some intriguing secrets. It turns out that most bluebirds mate for […]

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A Peek at the Private Family Life of the Black Vulture

cuatrok77/Flickr/CC by 2.0 As common as it is, there is not much information about the family life or breeding biology of the Black Vulture a.k.a. American Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus). Black Vulture’s nests, eggs, and chicks are well known, but most of this information comes from a relatively small number of nests. Black Vultures have

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Vultures in North, Central, and South America

Photo: Raul Vega.  This article is about the biology, ecology, natural history, and conservation of vultures in North, Central, and South America. These include Greater Yellow-headed Vulture, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Turkey Vulture, American Black Vulture, King Vulture, Andean Condor, and California Condor. Table of Content Vultures in North, Central, and South America Food and Feeding

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Flamingos: Facts and Information

James’ flamingos in Salar Uyuni, Bolivia. Photo: Christian-Mehlfuhrer. Classification  Flamingos belong to the Phoenicopteridae family. Close relatives  Flamingos’ closest relatives are the grebes. Likewise, flamingos and grebes are more closely related to pigeons and doves than to other water birds of similar appearance. Conservation The biggest threats are the loss of habitat due to pollution,

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Hummingbird facts and information
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Hummingbird Facts & Information

Families  All hummingbirds belong to the family Trochilidae. Close Relatives  They are closely related to the swifts of the family Apodidae. Conservation The major threat to hummingbirds is habitat loss. There are 37 species of hummingbirds in the list of threatened and endangered birds.   Distribution Hummingbirds occur only in the Americas. Diet They feed mostly

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28 Frequently Asked Questions About Barn Owls

Barn Owl looking for small mammals in open habitats. 28 Frequently Asked Questions About Barn Owls The Barn Owl, whose scientific name is Tyto alba is one of the world’s most popular owls. It occurs in most continents, and although fairly common and adapted to life with humans, it is rarely seen by many due

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18 Frequently Asked Questions About Ospreys

Frequently Asked Questions About Ospreys Ospreys, scientifically known as Pandion haliaetus, are one of the most popular birds in North America. Associated with shorelines and various bodies of water, ospreys’ large nests can be observed readily from afar. Ospreys are also known as Fishhawks. As the name suggests, ospreys feed almost exclusively on fish, and

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Birds as Indicators of Ecosystem Health

Since the Stone Age, humans have been fascinated with birds. Their variety in colors and sizes, a wide repertoire of songs and calls, their ability to fly and migrate across the globe, and their ubiquitous presence have been a source of inspiration for stories about human interactions with the natural world. Birds as Components of Ecosystems

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Understanding Magnification Power and Aperture in Binoculars

Magnification Power and Aperture in Binoculars Binoculars bring distant birds, and other wildlife, up close, allowing the careful study of shapes, colors, and patterns. If you are shopping for a pair of binoculars, making the right choice means understanding the magnification power and image brightness, and how these two elements influence the field of view,

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