#Bird Species

The 'Lord God Bird' might be extinct, but the story of the ivory-billed woodpecker isn't over yet

Since the Endangered Species Act was established nearly 50 years ago in the United States, the Fish and Wildlife Service has prevented the extinction of more than 99 per cent of the species listed in the act. Unfortunately, even federal protection cannot totally protect American wildlife from what scientists call the “sixth mass extinction.” In its most recent report to the U.S. government, the Fish and Wildlife Service identified 23 lost causes, including the Kauai O'o, Bachman’s warbler and seven freshwater mussel species. Few have caused as much outcry, though, as the iconic ivory-billed woodpecker. Known as the “Lord God Bird”...
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Kirtland Warbler Bird Population Increasing In Upper Peninsula

State and federal agencies and droves of volunteers have partnered to count Michigan’s Kirtland’s warbler population. The agencies recently announced that surveys conducted in June show the small songbirds have continued to flourish since their October 2019 removal from the federal list of endangered species. The power of partnership continues...
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5 Best Nature Field Guides for Outdoor Explorers

Use a helpful mushroom field guide, tree field guide, wildflower guide and more on your next adventure or hike in the great outdoors. Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links. Ratings and prices are accurate and items are in stock as of time of publication.

A Year of Rare Birds Thrills Md. Birdwatchers

Quiz time! In what state would you find an anhinga, roseate spoonbill and painted bunting? Florida? Yes, of course, Florida. But this year if you answered “Maryland,” that would be correct, too. A male painted bunting kicked off the year with a surprise appearance along the C&O Canal National Historical...

Birding around Chaka, Qinghai, China

Chaka is a small town, with just about 2000 people. The main attraction here is a large salt lake at an altitude of more than 3000 meters that is claimed to attract 3 million visitors every year – and thus exactly the kind of place I try to avoid in my travels. Fortunately, I share this preference with birds, which we found away from the lake, mostly in some semi-desert areas.


What happened to the parrots that used to fly around Old Town and eat mangoes? — Banyan Tree Amy. I’m not sure when you moved here, but when I came in 1991, a small flock of parrots roamed Key West. I have a hazy memory of them landing noisily in an Emma Street tree and waking me from a pretty good nap. I wasn’t yet a bird geek, so I can’t recall with any clarity their field marks, number, species, or even if they were all the same species. I just remember a lot of green feathers and thinking, “Oh, I live in the tropics now.”

Lesson’s Seedeater in Québec

A Lesson’s Seedeater was photographed and video-recorded at Pointe-aux-Outardes, Québec on 24 Oct 2021. Lesson’s Seedeater is a highly migratory South American species that breeds in boreal summer north to the Caribbean coasts of Colombia and Venezuela, as well as on Trinidad. At least some Lesson’s Seedeaters migrate far to the south to spend the boreal winter in Amazonia south to Bolivia. There are also a handful of records of this species from eastern Panamá, mostly in the Darién region, between February and May (late boreal winter and spring). If accepted, this bird will constitute an ABA Area first.
Daytona Beach News-Journal

Let Florida be for the birds - every dang one of them

Every so often, someone — through a sense of mischief or environmental justice — sets off a debate over Florida’s state bird. It’s not hard to see why: The mockingbird, drab of plumage and pugnacious of character, doesn’t evoke “Florida” in the slightest. That’s no slur on mockingbirds: They are solid citizens who take good care of their kids and probably would go to church every Sunday if such a thing as bird church existed.

10 Birds That Can Talk

Birds are among the most intelligent and talkative animals in the entire world. Their babbling, chatty, and loose-lipped mimicry have inspired various stories, both humorous and dark, from across all human cultures. True mimicry is a rare phenomenon. However, it is largely restricted to parrots and only a few songbirds. This makes parrots ideal test subjects to study the evolvement of speech in birds that can talk.

Are Birds Animals?

The biological taxonomy system can be a confusing and sometimes imperfect method for categorizing life, but it can also be an effective way for us to better understand the flow of evolution throughout history. It’s commonly recognized that birds rank among the closest direct descendants of dinosaurs, but many people wonder if they can be classified as animals. We’ll work through the defining characteristics of Kingdom Animalia so you can get a sense of whether or not birds are animals, and then we’ll work our way down to discussing the unique characteristics that distinguish a bird from the rest of the biological world.

Breakdown: Why Reelfoot Lake is Tennessee’s most unique lake

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Situated in northwest Tennessee in Lake and Obion counties lies Reelfoot Lake: an 18,000-acre natural area that includes about 10,900 acres of open water and marshes and nearly 7,100 acres of bottomland hardwood forests and cypress dominated bottoms and sloughs. It is the site of Reelfoot Lake State Park.

Bird Banding at Zuma Canyon's Journal

At Zuma, we use a lot of bird and banding lingo. It helps us communicate quickly and efficiency. Here are some common terms and phrases we use at Zuma:. Cycle: When we go out to band, usually every 2 weeks. Net Round: When we go to check the nets. Every...

Meet The Hummingbird: The Bird That Can Fly Backward

Aside from a few ground-dwelling birds, the vast majority of birds can fly. Birds possess powerful muscles in their wings, along with feathers and bones, that make them adapted for flight. By beating their wings, birds generate force to take off and propel them forward. With their aerodynamic design, they can glide, hover, dive, and swoop through the air in dizzying patterns. Several birds with exceptionally strong wing muscles can fly for extended periods of time or at very fast speeds. While most birds possess strong muscles to pull their wings down, few have muscles that are equally suited to pulling their wings back up. This discrepancy prevents most birds from flying backward. Some birds like warblers, herons, or flycatchers can fly backward, but only for short distances. That said, one bird stands apart and distinguishes itself as the only known bird that can fly backward.

Most Expensive Birds in the World

Birds are beautiful creatures. Birds sing for the world. The vast majority fly and even the ones that do not can be fascinating. Colorful and graceful, they make excellent home companions. And there is certainly a huge library to choose from. One of those library volumes includes birds that might...

Drink your tea and read about me, the Eastern towhee

Hiking through the scrubby flatwoods, the melodious twinkling played across my ears as the breeze shifted. I could hear them but hadn’t yet made eye contact. I scanned the brush each time the sound came but still did not see any feathered creatures. The trail twisted around some pines and as I came around to the other side, there he was, fairly glowing in the morning light.

Suggestions on Florida's state bird from a longtime birder

For the past 47 years or so, I have spent much of my free time looking for or studying birds. Let me state, up front, that I have no problem with the northern mockingbird as Florida's state bird, but if change must happen, I have a few suggestions. To select...
Crookston Daily Times

Blane Klemek's Minnesota Outdoors: Bird Diversity=Food Diversity

In our neck of the woods as the fall season advances and days become shorter and cooler, most of Minnesota’s migrant birds will be well on their way to their traditional wintering grounds much further south. While some of these migrants are still here and others are moving through, it won’t be long until our backyard bird feeding stations’ visitors will by a predictable assortment of year ‘round resident feathered friends that we all know and enjoy.
Bay Journal

Maryland a new hotspot for out-of-town avians

Quiz time! In what state would you find an anhinga, roseate spoonbill and painted bunting? Florida? Yes, of course, Florida. But this year if you answered “Maryland,” that would be correct, too. A male painted bunting kicked off the year with a surprise appearance along the C&O Canal National Historical...