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How to draw a Peregrine Falcon

Carel Brest van Kempen, the artist who painted my blog’s banner, shows how it is done, in a time-lapse painting clip:

Patricia Brennan on bird genitalia

News from SCONC: On Thursday, March 27 at 4 p.m., the Zoology Department at NCSU will host a seminar from Patricia Brennan of Yale University entitled “The Biology of Avian Genitalia: Form and Function.” Brennan’s work on the genital anatomy of waterfowl has revealed the existence of a “sexual arms race” between males and females.…

KFC quotes

Today on Quotes of the Day: Harland David Sanders was born at Henryville, Indiana on this day in 1890. His father’s death six years later led to Harland doing all the cooking for the family. He left school early and led a varied career including street-car conductor, a soldier in China at sixteen, a railroad…

The textbook example of commensalism was always the interaction between trees and the birds who make nests in those trees – it was always assumed that the birds gain from this relationships, while the trees are not in any way affected by it. Now, a new study came out, demonstrating (for the first time, as…

A tourist in San Francisco – birds

I also saw some seagull chicks, learning to fly, but only took a picture of this cormorant at the Pier 39:

Phylogeny vs. Aerodynamics in birds

A very interesting new paper was published today in PLoS Biology: Flight Speeds among Bird Species: Allometric and Phylogenetic Effects by Thomas Alerstam, Mikael Rosen, Johan Backman, Per G. P. Ericson and Olof Hellgren: Analysing the variation in flight speed among bird species is important in understanding flight. We tested if the cruising speed of…

Explanation Actually, the picture (author is Antun Zuljevic, a birder extraordinnaire) is from the village of Svilojevo in northern Serbia (Vojvodina, near the town of Apatin on the Danube) where the Locust Trees have been cut, and nobody is building large haystacks any more, so the storks are forced to build nests in crazy places.…

Birds Are In Trouble!

An interesting paper came out last week in PLoS-Biology: Projected Impacts of Climate and Land-Use Change on the Global Diversity of Birds by Walter Jetz, David S. Wilcove and Andrew P. Dobson. You can view some bloggers’ responses on The DC Birding Blog, Field Of View and Living the Scientific Life and media coverage here,…

Birds in Serbia

From John I learned that Serbia is becoming a birding hot-spot! Two species of pelicans (Pelecanus crispus and Pelecanus onocrotalus), which used to nest in Serbia before but were driven out by draining of marshland for agriculture in the late 19th century, are back (not nesting yet, but some individuals are back) and you can…

I And The Bird #50

Welcome to the Fiftieth edition of I And The Bird. It’s been a while since I last hosted an edition of this carnival (#19) and it has obviously grown a lot since then. With such diversity of posts, I decided it was impossible to categorize them, so they are presented here in the order I…