Whitehead’s Trogon (male) - Harpactes whiteheadi

Harpactes whiteheadi (Trogoniformes - Trogonidae) is a Near Threatened species whose distribution is restricted to Bornean mountains. Males of this species have red head, blue bill and orbital ring, black throat, grey breast, and red belly.

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Photo credit: ©Cortez Austin | Locality: Kinabalu National Park, Borneo, Sabah, Malaysia (2014)

40,000 followers!

First off, THANK YOU!

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To celebrate 40k and 2014, over the next couple of weeks I am going to be reblogging a handful of posts from my top 40 posts of 2014. These posts generated over 3,500,000 notes—so clearly Tumblr LOVES birds.

Thank you to everyone who submitted, and to everyone who enjoyed all of the silliness that is birds!

European Robin ~ Rotkehlchen ~ Erithacus rubecula

I’ve posted a similar one before in the very beginning. In 2010, when there still was snow in Germany, I photographed this Euro Robin who was visiting my balcony. Contrary to the American Robin who is in fact a thrush and thus related and very similar (not in looks, but in size, shape and behavior) to the Eurasian Blackbird, the Robin belongs to the family of Old World Flycatchers. They are real “loners”, which is why you can hear them sing even in fall and winter - both sexes sing and defend their territory vehemently before and after the breeding season. 

Northern Germany

2014 © Jesse Alveo

Wet and panting after our first duck slip the other day, and what a cool flight it was!!

We were walking along the river when three mallards exploded out of the reeds!  Kai tore after them, and just as he was about to connect with the female, she pulled this crazy corkscrew dive and plunged back into the water with a huge splash! Kai responded by banking right after one of the drakes. The drake crashed into the reeds and Kai crashed after it. I couldn’t see what happened after that, but the as soon as Kai hit the water, the the rest of the ducks took the opportunity to fly out of there to safety. Nothing in the bag, but what a cool day!

Tawny-bellied Hermit (Phaethornis syrmatophorus)

…a species of hermit hummingbird (Phaethronithinae) which is known to inhabit the countries of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru in South America. Like other members of its genus P. syrmatophorus is typically associated with Heliconia spp. using its curved bill to drink its nectar. However, they are known to feed on other flower species as well. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Apodiformes-Trochilidae-Phaethronithinae-Phaethornis-P. syrmatophorus

Image: Michael Woodruff