White-fronted Bee-eater – The Life Guards

White-fronted Bee-eater – The Life Guards – by A. J. Mithra The White-fronted Bee-eater, Merops bullockoides, is a species of Bee-eater widely distributed in sub-equatorial Africa. This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly colored, slender bird, with a distinctive black mask, white forehead, square tail and a bright red throat. The upperparts are green, … Continue reading

Ian’s Bird of the Week – Spotted Bowerbird

Bird of the Week: Spotted Bowerbird Newsletter: 3/30/2010 I’ve recently been updating the Bowerbird galleries on the website, including those of the Satin, Great Bowerbirds and Spotted. Both the Satin and Great have featured as bird of the week in the past, so here is the Spotted Bowerbird. It is closely related to the similar … Continue reading

Mallefowl’s Incubators… by A. J. Mithra

Mallefowl’s Incubators… The Malleefowl is one of the three species of mound builders, or Megapodiidae, found in Australia. The birds are terrestrial and are distinguished by their habit of leaving eggs to be incubated in sand or soil heated by the sun or volcanic action or in mounds of rotting leaves built for that purpose, … Continue reading

Master Builder’s Master Builders… by AJ Mitra

Master Builder’s Master Builders… Birds are capable of grand engineering feats. But are they engineers? Not in the way you might think. Just as birds know how to fly, they know how to build a nest without instructions or apprenticeship. It’s a matter of instinct. Birds craft their nests without consciously thinking about it. How … Continue reading

Ovenbirds – Ground Singers by A J Mithra

Ovenbirds – Ground Singers Using bird songs to find the population of birds, according to the team conducting the study of a more accurate estimate of bird population numbers is reached when using this technique. The bird song used in the study that employed this latest technique is the Ovenbird, a small warbler found in … Continue reading

Worthen’s Sparrow – Lost, but found.. by A.J. Mithra

Worthen’s Sparrow (Spizella wortheni) was originally discovered in the United States, where just a single bird was caught on 16 June 1884, near Silver City, New Mexico. Video of Worthen’s Sparrow Singing No Worthen’s Sparrows have since been captured in the country, where it is now thought to be extinct. Formerly, the bird also ranged … Continue reading