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Questions tagged [ornithology]

Questions relating to the study of birds.

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What bird is this (found on Alice Spring Desert Park on Australia)?

I was reviewing photographs of the animals we found on our trip to Australia during the past September and I cannot find what is the bird in the picture. It was found inside Alice Springs Desert Park, ...
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Does anybody knows name of this bird I found in my backyard in India?

I found this bird in my backyard in India. I checked several websites but wasn't able to identify it. Any help would be appreciated.
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Is feeding birds only after a snowstorm helpful or harmful?

We had a very rare snowstorm here which left the ground covered in 8" of snow and trees covered in snow and ice. It'll likely all melt away in the coming days as we have sunny days and temps rise ...
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Identify this avian courtship ritual

The female drops a twig from high up on a tree and the males have to catch it midair. The female is checking if the males can catch things midair because this species nests on cliffs, and the chicks ...
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How exactly do birds get drunk eating fruit? Fermentation should be anaerobic

The Washington Post article Drunk birds are causing havoc in a Minnesota town. Police say they’ll sober up soon. describes birds becoming intoxicated after eating berries: “The Gilbert Police ...
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Do vultures ever carry food away?

I was wondering if the feet of Vultures enable them to carry food found in one location to another location, or whether they always just eat what's on site, on site? In other words, can Vultures do ...
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What mammal or creature dropped this? (Warning: Gross Pictures)

I'm at a loss to explain what creature dropped or created this. This giant pile showed up virtually overnight. If someone could point me in the right direction, I'd greatly appreciate it. The ...
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Should I be concerned about health (bacteria/lice) after having birds fly directly over me? [closed]

Yesterday a flock of birds (crows) passed over my head. I've heard that there are many bacteria and lice in the feathers of birds. So I'm thinking about whether to wear or launder the clothes that I ...
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Why ravens play with garbage?

Why ravens play with small plastic details and other garbage? Could you explain how this behavior was formed by evolution for birds-scavengers?
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How do seagulls know it is the 9th inning at a baseball game?

Multiple times that I’ve gone to San Francisco Giants games, the seagulls sensed when the game was ending so they could pick up food. https://youtu.be/LPra_ZfwanU
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Do garden bird feeders harm wild birds?

I enjoy watching birds at a garden bird feeder but have started feeling guilty that it is having a negative impact on the birds. For example this study recently showed that birds in the UK have longer ...
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Birds brewing beer?

There is a slight bend in the rain gutter next to my window. Over the last 4 years, I observed birds (ravens, magpies and newly doves) to dip their beaks in. I observed ravens to dip what I think was ...
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Why so fewer birds in the yard come late summer and early autumn?

We've enjoyed watching birds in our yard this past summer. We're in a suburb, fairly forested, inland northeastern USA hardiness zone 5. As we scaled up the amount of diversity and net primary ...
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The extinction of the passenger pigeon [duplicate]

During the time when the passenger pigeon was hunted down to only captives in the zoo, how could the zoo not maintain a small population and keep the species alive? Why did the population slowly die ...
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Can you identify the bird in this photo?

I spotted this bird in Bangalore, atop a building on a September morning.
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Could an 150 pound human have flown on the back of some species of pterodactyl (assuming they still existed)? [closed]

I'm curious if any type of flying animal that ever existed would have been able to carry your average 150 pound man.
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What kind of bird is this and what does it eat?

My father found this little guy in one of the tractors of where he works (in the fields) i’m not sure what species of bird it is and what it eats. It just keeps chirping not stop and I have no clue ...
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Could we back-breed birds into dinosaurs? [closed]

Do some species of birds have dinosaur DNA? Seeing as how birds evolved from dinosaurs. I presume this isn't possible as I haven't seen anything else about it on the internet but it's interesting to ...
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Confirmation for a picidea

I am sorting some pictures and found this one taken from Swiss Jura Mountains (North part, alt ~700m) in March 2013. The day before I saw a Dendrocopos major (...
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Identify the fluff that I have found in tea

I have just opened a new pack of a black Pu'er tea that I've bought at the local store selling it by weight, and found a piece of fluff in there. To me it looks much like some kind of a bird fluff. It ...
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Is this a hawk, or an eagle?

I saw this large bird gliding fairly low over the trees while hiking in the late afternoon in some hills near Taipei recently. It seemed quite large compared to what I normally see here. It's quite ...
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What kind of big bird is this seen walking around Taipei?

I've seen this humorous sign warning drivers to keep an eye out for birds many times, but today I finally realized what it's talking about! This is a large bird and I've seen it all around Taipei in ...
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Should I help this young Magpie?

I found this young Eurasian Magpie in my garden: He is just standing there, not doing anything. I believe he fell from a tree and cant fly yet, and is just waiting for feeding from his parents until ...
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Trying to identify an Ontario bird photographed in Spring in the Don Valley

Any help is appreciated! I think this may be a juvenile bird? I thought it might be a brown-headed cowbird, but the plumage and head markings don't seem quite right (compared to examples on the ...
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What species is the smallest bird?

What species is the smallest living bird in the world? What circumstances limit the bird size from the bottom?
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Brood Parasitism - Parasitism/Ammensalism/Commensalism?

Parasitism has the parasite benefitting while the host is harmed. In Brood parasitism, the Cuckoo rests its eggs in Crow's nest for incubation. How does this harm the Host? Why not considered ...
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Hummingbird cross Bering Strait

Hummingbirds travel to Alaska during summer. If global warming continue, allow birds stay longer in Alaska, can hummingbirds cross Bering Strait to Russia, then spread in Asia?
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What advantages do birds gain when they mimic other bird species calls in the wild?

I've read that birds such as crows and blue jays often mimic other bird species calls. There seems to be evidence that birds do learn and react to other bird species calls, specifically when they ...
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Can I move a spotted flycatcher bird nest?

A spotted flycatcher made a nest in the chimney of our gas water heater. Now it has hatched offsprings. I'm afraid that the heat, fire or toxic gas can hurt the birds. Should I try to move the nest ...
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Is this bird a woodpecker?

This bugger is pecking on the side of my house. I don’t know anything about birds, but it doesn’t look like your typical woodpecker.
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Bird identification by sound; midwestern US

This one's been bugging me for a couple of years. Location is southwest Michigan. Here are a couple of song samples (I couldn't separate it from the Titmouse... they're pretty chatty these days): ...
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What do the column labels in this table mean?

This table shows the effect of sound (song and tones) on female birds. However, I'm not sure what the labels (F1 22, P and η2) mean. I've seen the labels on other tables too. (from https://www.ncbi....
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How are homing pigeons' “homes” changed?

Last night I was watching the David Attenborough minidocumentary on animal navigation, and it talked about the homing pigeons used in the two World Wars. Apparently they were donated by UK pigeon ...
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Why is the nucleus accumbens in that place?

This description of where the nucleus accumbens is (Ac) says that it should be near the lateral ventricle, when it is quite clearly very far away? How is this? the region surrounding the tip of the ...
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What is this type of diagram called and how to interpret?

I'm just starting a project on neuroscience for sixth form. I have had no teaching in this area so had to teach myself entirely. This is a "low-power image of a transverse section through the ...
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What species is this blue and white bird?

I want to know what kind of species this bird is
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Bird Identification: New Delhi, April 2018

I've looked in Birds of the Indian Subcontinent (BNHS version, not Inskipp) and two phone apps and still can't find this, although I am a newbie tourist so am probably making a basic mistake. Seen ...
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Identification of a bird on the beach of a small lake

Last December in France (lake of Divonne, Ain) I took a picture of this bird looking for some food on the beach of the lake. It looks like a specimen of the genus ...
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Identification of Bird feather, probably from a predatory bird

Found in Berlin,Germany Area of Charlottenburg I want to know the species of this bird, someone please tell me. Approximate size 19 cm
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Do puffin beaks have vertical slits or cracks?

I have seen a photo where puffins seem to have vertical lines on their beaks. It is uncertain if those are just line or actual slits or cracks in the beaks. Do puffin beaks have slits or cracks?
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Vultures in Germany in the past

I noticed that since the 1970s the bearded vulture , which had disappeared from the Alps due to hunting, has been successfully reintroduced. I have searched for the modern habitats of vultures, but it ...
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Identification of a probable sylviidae

One summer (August) I was in Bulgaria (Dobrich province) and in the middle of the city I take picture of this bird: He was making a sound like "Tchek-tchek" like the sound of a ...
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Urgent: Bird hatchling identification

Yesterday evening I found this baby bird in one corner of my house's verandah on the floor. I picked it up and placed it safely in a tray hoping that tomorrow morning its parents will find it (...
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Identification for a bird in the middle of the tree

In the central city of Dobrich Bulgaria, I was following a Great spotted woodpecker in a tree and suddenly I found this other bird on the same tree. The context of the picture is: Country: Bulgaria ...
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Reporting observation of a bird outside its seasonal presence

Last summer I saw this bird in the countryside of Bulgaria (Dobrich area) and I think this is a specimen of Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor). By looking more ...
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Bird identification from Nepal

I just stumbeld across a picture and wonder which species it is? I took the below picture of a bird, probably a raptor, in mid-January 2011, 7 pm, on the Annapurna Trek in Nepal. My altitude was ...
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Does anyone know what are these birds?

Never saw them before, they appeared suddenly , the day my father died. Place is Serbia in Europe. Does anyone know what are these birds?
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What species is this “talking” bird?

This YouTube video shows a bird which appears to repeat some sounds (not speech though) after a human. Here're some cropped screenshots from the video: What species is this bird? Can it actually ...
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Identify the bird

Please identify the birds and tell about its details
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Can someone identify this Brazilian bird?

Photographing and documenting the local fauna (Brasília, DF, Brazil - Near Coordinates [-15.696506 -47.860013]), I found this rather unusual-looking bird whose name I couldn't find: (Image was now ...