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StaraptorEmpoleon StaraptorEmpoleon 19 December 2012
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RIP Sunny






Tonight, I lost a best friend, Sunny. She was my only friend when I had no friends. She brought joy to me. I would love her and she would love back.

Life is so precious... I refuse to believe animals don't have souls. What a terrible thing to think.

I will miss you, my beautiful baby.


RIP Sunshine 2001?-2012. Flying with Shadow and Dexie.

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StaraptorEmpoleon StaraptorEmpoleon 10 December 2012
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Easy way to ID birds

I'll try and make this as easy as possible...

Various bird heads and plumages. Do you know these birds?


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StaraptorEmpoleon StaraptorEmpoleon 12 November 2012
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Yellow-throated Vireo and Pine Warbler: convergent evolution?

. Note how similar their colouration is.]] . Note that this only applies to the male Pine.]]













I was noticing an illustrations in one of my books... how the Yellow-throated Vireo and Pine Warbler look remarkably similar! But why might this be? I have a theory, but I have no idea if it's true, convergent evolution.

What is it? It is when two or more species evolve in separate areas and look similar to each other or when species evolve similar characteristics (bats, birds, pterosaurs and insects all fly). There are several examples, including meadowlarks and longclaws, penguins and auks, flying squirrels and sugar gliders, Thylacine and grey wolf, swifts and swallows, etc.

I find it funny how Wikipedia doesn't even mention the two looking so similar.…













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StaraptorEmpoleon StaraptorEmpoleon 10 November 2012
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Audobon Birds app

  • Title: Audubon Birds - A Field Guide to North American Birds
  • Authors: ??
  • Publisher: Green Mountain Digital
  • Publication date: 2010
  • Format: App
  • Page count: N/A
  • ISBN: N/A

This is a great app by Audubon. When it first loads, a beautiful Snowy Egret pops up. I have this app on my Nook, though I wish you didn't need wifi to load the pictures.

There are seven options on the "front page". The browse by shape option is pretty cool! Some examples are Hummingbirds, Owls, Tree-clinging birds, and Duck-like birds.

The glossary and "encyclopedia" is nice! I quite enjoy it...

Pros

  • Quick reference
  • You can add your bird sightings to it
  • A few taxonomic mistakes, but doesn't effect the quality
  • Nice glossary
  • Describes the birds well

Cons

  • You need wifi in order to access pictur…
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StaraptorEmpoleon StaraptorEmpoleon 9 November 2012
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WHY WHY WHY WHY


Warning: angry me up ahead...

I was looking up the diet of the Crested Guan when I stumbled upon this website..

http://www.globalspecies.org/

I thought "hey, I'm going to check out the Aves section...."

Lo and behold, look what I stumbled upon when I saw under the Ciconiiformes section.

Let's just say, this outdated taxonomy is from the early 90s. Yep. It's Sibley-Monroe. In fact, you can check it out here: no. 7, no. 8 and no. 9

  • Accipitridae (Kites, Hawks & Eagles)
  • Alcidae (Auks)
  • Anhingidae (Anhingas, darters)
  • Ardeidae (Herons, Bitterns)
  • Burhinidae (Stone-curlews, Thick-knees)
  • Charadriidae (Plovers)
  • Chionididae (Sheathbills)
  • Ciconiidae (Storks)
  • Diomedeidae (Albatrosses)
  • Falconidae (Caracaras, Falcons)
  • Fregatidae (Frigatebirds)
  • Gaviidae (Loons)
  • Glareolidae…

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