Archive for category Birds/bird intelligence

Duck and Chicken.

Duck! A movie, a novella, and a game. Warm and fuzzy all over.

A Chicken Growing Up has its fuzzy as well.

Just doing my part to share the love of the things with feathers and beaks.

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The best in the birdness

For you, my darlings, only for you!

A band with two chickens on keyboards!
Flamingos in the WC! No, really.
A meowing bird!

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I don’t think birds should wear earrings.

There’s something wrong with it.

Besides the obvious, I’d think that the jealousy of other birds would be a factor. Birds do like ears, however.

Cheers to Friday and the approaching weekend.

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Ready for the weekend

Put this on as you get ready to go out on a Friday or Saturday night and it guarantees a good time. Love those high kicks!

(thanks Curtis!)


Two of my favorite things.

For those who know me, my adoration of penguins comes as no surprise–evidence of it tends to accumulate around me.

A keen fascination with Werner Herzog might be less predictable, coming from an entirely different side of my nature. Several years ago, one of the independent film channels dedicated a month to his work and it was sheer torture. Every time I turned on the television I was compelled to watch though I had seen the films many times before.

Combining these two never occurred to me, and yet it has happened.

Encounters at the End of the World isn’t just about penguins, nor is it a retread of Grizzly Man. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but I can’t wait to see it.

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The proof is in the poking.

It’s not news at this point that crows are smart tool users. New Caledonian crows in particular have been studied in lab settings and done some amazing things. In the wild they are a bit more shy, however. Too clever for paparazzi!

Scientists got around this by hooking a little camera to their tails and watching them go about their business.

Witness a crow hunting with a stick!

See the crow fly with a stick!
Hunt for snails with a crow!

It seems like there’s bound to be an employment scheme that could take advantage of these skills, though the crows are probably smart to stay reclusive and forage for grubs.

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Sick now, call back later.

Fever, goo, etc. Never a good time for this sort of thing. Apologies for lack of scintillating content, luckily others have me covered right now.

First, amazing pets. Tamaduagirl has this nailed with her pet anteaters. Look at her blog, her pictures on Flickr, and the videos on Youtube. I never imagined you could hear an anteater sniffle. Anyone else think he look like something out of Edward Gorey?

Next, a little nature and science lesson. Don’t wrinkle your nose, this is about banding hawks. Birdchick gives a two part lesson on how it’s done, plus some tips on identifying hawks. Yongi thinks that the pigeon has the worst job, but I’ll ask Brian Pigeon to be sure.

Lastly, uh, I need to make more tea. No room in head for more links.


Pace Alex

Alex, the African grey parrot with a smart reputation, passed away last week. So far no cause determined. The subject of Dr. Irene Pepperberg’s research for over 30 years, Alex was an inspiration to parrot owners for his complex thinking and speaking skills. He could count to six and understood the concept of zero. On occasions, he’d make up a new word to fill a gap in his vocabulary.

It’s safe to say that anyone with a professional or personal interest in birds could develop a fondness for Alex since he also displayed a sense of humor and wasn’t afraid to express his frustration.

Simply reading about how he was is no substitute for seeing him interact with researchers and hearing his sweet voice: have a look here or here, see footage of him from 15 years ago here, and listen to NPR’s notice of his passing here.

Perhaps Alex’s final words of wisdom would be to enjoy every nut.

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Penguins, in their natural environment.

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Finally ready for their close-up!

Adriana Tovar and Luis Eduardo Urueña of Fundación ProAves have managed to take the first photographs of the Perija parakeet (Pyrrhura caeruleiceps), in Colombia. There may be only 30-50 left in the wild, with illegal trade and habitat the likely culprits. These birds look like stunning little hellraisers!

Perija parakeet

Look into those eyes and tell me otherwise.

If you feel moved to do something to help parrots in the wild, you can adopt a nest box! Just think: it’s the fun of having a parrot, but they get to live free and you don’t have to clean up the poop! They send you pictures and updates, (ProAves, that is, not the parrots themselves).

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