We may not notice but birds are everywhere in the news almost everyday. On the radio, television, magazines, internet, and social media we find references to birds.
From Audubon, this :”Four years ago, thousands of Snowy Owls stormed the northern United States, taking up
posts in surroundings drastically different from the flat Arctic tundra over which they typically preside. Some whiled away the hours peering at dog walkers from suburban fences; one learned to hunt around a Minnesota brewery with mouse pro
blems. In a typical winter, around 10 Snowies visit Pennsylvania, but in 2013 the state was graced by 400. They were part of the largest Snowy Owl irruption, or influx of a species into a place they don’t usually live, the U.S. has seen since the 1920s.
If you missed it, you might be in luck. Project SNOWstorm, a volunteer-fueled Snowy Owl-tracking organization founded after that irruption, predicts another wave of Arctic raptors will hit North America this winter, according to their most recent blog post.”
From LiveScience: “Behold the ocellated turkey: a regal-looking bird with iridescent feathers, a blue face, and cranberry-like bumps of red and orange on its head.
You won’t find the ocellated turkey (Meleagris ocellata) on any Thanksgiving plates, but that’s probably for the best. The tropical bird is “near threatened” in its native home in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, northern Belize and northern Guatemala, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
“They’re absolutely gorgeous,” said John Fitzpatrick, director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York. “The colors, they leave our [North American] turkey in the dust.” [10 Terrific Turkey Facts]
The ocellated turkey belongs to the same genus as the North American wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), but the colorful bird is a different species. “It looks superficially like our turkey, but it is quite different in color, behavior and habitat,” Fitzpatrick told Live Science.
From the NYTimes: ” Ancient Penguins Were Giant Waddling Predators
“The 57-million-year-old fossil is both fearsome and comical: a long-beaked penguin that stood 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed about 220 pounds.
“It was as tall as a medium-sized man,” said Gerald Mayr, a paleontologist at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, and lead author of a report in Nature Communications on Tuesday announcing the discovery.
By comparison, the tallest living species, the emperor penguin, reaches about four feet in height. Kumimanu biceae, as the fossil was named, would have towered above the emperor, and above just about all other known ancient penguins.
(In 2014, another team of researchers estimated that a 34-million-year-old species stood six feet tall, but they based that estimate only on two bone fragments.)”
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