Avian And Attributes – Quiets Our Fears

Avian And Attributes – Quiets Our Fears

Queen Carola’s Parotia (Parotia carolae) ©Drawing WikiC

“But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.” (Proverbs 1:33 KJV)


Avian and Attributes – Quiet

QUI’ET, a. [L. quietus.]
1. Still; being in a state of rest; now moving. Judg 16.
2. Still; free from alarm or disturbance; unmolested; as a quiet life.
3. Peaceable; not turbulent; not giving offense; not exciting controversy, disorder or trouble; mild; meek; contented.
The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit. 1 Pet 3., 1 Th 4.
5. Smooth; unruffled.
6. Undisturbed; unmolested; as the quiet possession or enjoyment of an estate.
7. Not crying; not restless; as a quiet child.
QUI’ET, n. [L. quies.]
1. Rest; repose; stillness; the state of a thing not in motion.
2. Tranquility; freedom from disturbance or alarm; civil or political repose. Our country enjoys quiet.
3. Peace; security. Judg 18.
QUI’ET, v.t.
1. To stop motion; to still; to reduce to a state of rest; as, to quiet corporeal motion.
2. To calm; to appease; to pacify; to lull; to tranquilize; as, to quiet the soul when agitated; to quiet the passions; to quiet the clamors of a nation; to quiet the disorders of a city or town. [Edited]


Queen Carola’s Parotia

The Queen Carola’s Parotia (Parotia carolae) also known as Queen Carola’s six-wired bird-of-paradise is a species of bird-of-paradise.

One of the most colorful Parotias, the Queen Carola’s Parotia inhabits the mid-mountain forests of central New Guinea. The diet consists mainly of fruits and arthropods. The stunning courtship dance of this species was described in detail by Scholes (2006). It is similar to that of Lawes’s Parotia, but modified to present the iridescent throat plumage and the flank tufts to best effect.

The name commemorates Queen Carola of Vasa, the wife of King Albert I of Saxony. The king was honoured with the King of Saxony bird-of-paradise.

Due to copyrights, there are currently no photos that I can use. The video is of a male Queen Carola’s Parotia showing off for the ladies. [He is definitely not “Quiet”]

[A link to a photo of the Parotia] (Paradisaeidae – Birds-of-paradise Family) (Wikipedia article)


More Avian and Attributes

Birds whose first name starts with “Q”

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[Definitions from Webster’s Dictionary of American English (1828), unless noted. Bird info from Wikipedia plus.]

Lee’s One Word Monday – 2/13/17

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Peaceful Dove (Geopelia striata) by Ian

PEACEFUL

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“And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;” (Isaiah 32:18 KJV)

Peaceful Dove (Geopelia striata) by Ian

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Birds of the Bible – What Birds Can Tell – 1

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) by Daves BirdingPix

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) by Daves BirdingPix

But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you; Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; And the fish of the sea will explain to you. Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this, (Job 12:7-9 NKJV)

One of my favorite birds that I enjoy watching is the Kingfisher. The ones we have here in Florida (Belted Kingfishers) are rather plain compared to others around the world, but they all have a characteristic look of a very long bill on a large head and a short neck. It is the bill that those in Japan have studied that is amazing.

Japan has electric trains that speed over 200 miles per hour or 322 kilometers per hour. They are very safe and have a great record, but a noise problem had been plaguing them until they observed the Kingfisher’s beak. When the speeding trains went through the tunnels, it caused a “tunnel boom” which goes against their strict sound pollution laws.

Blue-eared Kingfisher (Alcedo meninting) by Nik

Blue-eared Kingfisher (Alcedo meninting) by Nik

“Eiji Nakatsu, the train’s chief engineer and an avid bird-watcher, asked himself, “Is there something in Nature that travels quickly and smoothly between two very different mediums?” Modeling the front-end of the train after the beak of kingfishers, which dive from the air into bodies of water with very little splash to catch fish, resulted not only in a quieter train, but 15% less electricity use even while the train travels 10% faster.” (Learning Efficiency from Kingfishers)

Bullet Train

Bullet Train

The “tunnel boom” is caused  “when a train passes through such a tunnel at high speed, it compresses the air in front of the engine. Upon leaving the tunnel, this air rushes outward, creating a loud thunderclap, or sonic boom. Nearby windows rattle, and people are awakened by the noise.” (Don DeYoung, Answers) When the engineers did wind tunnel experiments they found that “the kingfisher’s bill is ideally shaped for a smooth, streamlined transition from air into water. This drastic change in pressure is similar to the change a bullet train experiences when emerging from a tunnel into the open air.”

By observing one of God’s created birds, the kingfisher, they were able to solve a serious problem. The Lord in His great wisdom has provided us many critters and other things to observe so that they may “tell us” things that will benefit us.

Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD. (Psalms 107:43 KJV)

See Also:

Speeding Bullet – Answers V4, #3
Kingfisher – Train by Discovery of Design
Learning Efficiency from Kingfishers by Biomimicry Institute

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