Albino Birds

Albino birds are not particularly unusual. I’ve seen white robins, jays, crows, peacocks, and others. And of course there are white domestic chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys. The whole explanation of feather color is fairly complex, but let’s just discuss pigments for the time being. These pigments fall into three…

Bird Eggs

Here is the long-sought answer to the age-old question “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” : the egg. Eggs have been around since some of the earliest animals – like sponges and jellyfish – evolved, about 600 million years ago. Birds have been around for about 150 million…

Why do Woodpeckers Peck?

[caption id="attachment_8368" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pileated Woodpecker[/caption] Woodpeckers are successful creatures, well known to everyone. Perhaps the most famous woodpecker besides Woody, the cartoon woodpecker, is the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, very likely extinct since 1948, the last verified sighting of it. There are many kinds of woodpeckers in the world. Propped against the side…

Blackbirds and Black birds

  [caption id="attachment_8356" align="alignleft" width="300"] Male Brewer's Blackbird[/caption] A well known blackbird  is the Brewer’s Blackbird. This common blackbird gets its name from a prominent 19th Century Boston naturalist who started his professional career as an M.D. with a degree from Harvard and later developed a passion for birds.  As…
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