• Spoiler Alert: Can Gray Jays Survive Warmer Weather?

    8 monthes ago - By All About Birds

    From the Winter 2018 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now .
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    “Where'd they go?”
    Scientist Ryan Norris was puzzled. Just moments ago, two doting Gray Jays were bouncing about the nearby spruce trees like Labrador retrievers happy to see their owner. When he wrapped a couple of cotton balls around one of the spruce tips, his rotund chums had quickly seized upon the offering. Cotton comes in handy for birds when they're in need of insulation material for nest...
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  • Canada's Gray Jay Debate

    Canada's Gray Jay Debate

    8 monthes ago - By All About Birds

    Should the Gray Jay become the national bird of Canada? Illustration by Jillian Ditner, Bartels Science Illustrator.
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    Unlike the United States with its Bald Eagle, and Mexico with its Golden Eagle, Canada doesn't have a national bird.
    North America's northern dominion has a national emblem , a national horse , even national winter and summer sports. But no national bird.
    In 2016, The Royal Canadian...
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  • Photo Essay: South Polar Skua, the Antarctic Survivor

    Photo Essay: South Polar Skua, the Antarctic Survivor

    8 monthes ago - By All About Birds

    From the Winter 2018 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now .
    The South Polar Skua is famous for only two things: stealing penguin eggs and eating penguin chicks. What's a bird to do with such a bad reputation? A closer look at the largest skua colony in the world-1,300 pairs breeding among 300,000 Adelie Penguin pairs at Cape Crozier , Ross Island, Antarctica-shows there's much to admire in this inveterate survivor.
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    “The drama of Antarctic bird life is not...
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  • Are Snow Buntings North America's Hardiest Songbird?

    Are Snow Buntings North America's Hardiest Songbird?

    8 monthes ago - By All About Birds

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    There's little about a Snow Bunting that isn't perfectly suited to life in the deep freeze. These winter wanderers are outfitted like little polar explorers, with a natural down parka of dense white feathers that cover even the birds' ankles and base of the bill-and keeps their exposure to cold at a minimum.
    The adaptations are more than skin deep. A Snow Bunting's body temperature can dip 30 to...
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  • In a Crowded India, Farmers and Sarus Cranes Coexist

    In a Crowded India, Farmers and Sarus Cranes Coexist

    8 monthes ago - By All About Birds

    A pair of duetting Sarus Cranes is considered good luck for a season's harvest. Photo by K. S. Gopi Sundar.
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    It is hard to imagine a place less hospitable for cranes than the state of Uttar Pradesh in north­east India. Dominated by crowded ur­ban centers and intense agriculture, Uttar Pradesh is geographically about the size of Michigan, and home to more than 200 million people-about the population...
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  • View from Sapsucker Woods: 2018 Is the Year of the Bird

    View from Sapsucker Woods: 2018 Is the Year of the Bird

    8 monthes ago - By All About Birds

    Red-tailed Hawk by David Speiser.
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    In 2016 many bird enthusiasts and organizations, including the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, cel­ebrated the centennial of the signing of a Migratory Bird Treaty between the Unit­ed States and Great Britain (the latter an agent for the Commonwealth of Cana­da). This agreement to end the hunting of nongame birds in the U.S. and Canada would become a global...
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  • Bad News and Good News about Hawaiian Birds

    Bad News and Good News about Hawaiian Birds

    8 monthes ago - By All About Birds

    Iiwi feasting on an ohia tree. Photo by hawk person via Birdshare .
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    Nearly every native forest bird of Hawaii is listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Until very recently, one of the happy ex­ceptions to this grim rule was the Iiwi.
    Historically, this cherry-red bird was among the most abundant birds on the islands. As recently as the late 1980s there were estimates...
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  • Gallery: The Alala

    Gallery: The Alala

    8 monthes ago - By All About Birds

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    The Hawaiian crow, or Alala, is getting a fresh start with reintroduction into the wild. As an artist on the big island of Hawaii, I take great pride in our native birds. For this piece, I was able to observe the Alala in captivity and paint this solitary Hawaiian Crow looking into the distance, with koa leaves dangling above its head. I used a purple color palette, straight surfaces, and right...
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