Red Cars and Bird Poop

Halfords Group is the UK's largest retailer of motoring and cycling products and services, providing maintenance and repairs in the United Kingdom. According to research from Halfords, bright red cars attract more bird droppings than vehicles of any other color. Green cars were found to suffer least, followed by silver,…

The Ornithologist

I’m often asked what it takes to become an ornithologist. See my careers page. There really is no one path and there is no university that I know of that awards a degree in ornithology. I received a PhD in Zoology. What made me an ornithologist is an undergraduate course…

Roadrunner- Meep Meep

Here’s an award-winning grand prize photo. Photographers from all over the world entered more than 22,000 images into the Bird Photographer of the Year 2021 competition. Alejandro Prieto won this year for his poignant image of a Greater Roadrunner stymied at the U.S.-Mexico border wall. He took the photo at…

Mousebirds

Mousebirds, sometimes called Colies, and found only in sub-Saharan Africa, are so named for their mousy color and their behavior as they move gingerly through the vegetation searching for food and scurry along the ground between bushes. Slender greyish or brownish birds with soft, hairlike body feathers, crests, curved claws,…

Kleptoptilia

The word kleptomania is from the Greek words κλέπτω (klepto) "to steal" and μανία (mania) "mad desire, compulsion", meaning a compulsion to steal. In birdy news lately is the term kleptotrichia, referring to the behavior of birds stealing hair from mammals to line their avian nests. But some birds steal…

The Tits (Birds, of Course)

Titmice From Middle English titmose, compound of tit (“small bird”) and mose, from Old English māse (“titmouse”). In the U.S there are five species of titmice: the Tufted Titmouse, permanent resident of the eastern U.S.; the Oak Titmouse, resident mainly of the California Valley; the Juniper Titmouse, resident of the…

The Science of Birds Podcast

I would rather read rather than listen partly because my hearing isn’t what it used to be and I tend to be distracted while earbuds are inserted. But I do occasionally listen to podcasts, as many of you do, while tinkering, working in the garden, walking, or driving. I checked…
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