birds

The Tinker Bell Triplet.

Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, an international team of astronomers has discovered a stunning rare case of a triple merger of galaxies. This system, which astronomers have dubbed ‘The Bird’ - although it also bears resemblance with a cosmic Tinker Bell - is composed of two massive spiral galaxies and a third irregular galaxy.

Image Credit- ESO.

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Striped Cuckoo - Tapera naevia

Striped cuckoos are neotropical birds scientifically named Tapera naevia (Cuculiformes - Cuculidae), distinguished by a shaggy crest and black streaks along the back. They are found from southern Mexico to southwestern Ecuador, as well as in northern Argentina and southeastern Brazil.

These average sized cuckoos (30 cm in length) are obligate brood parasites, they do not build nests or incubate eggs, and neither males nor females provide parental care to offspring.

Adult females lay their eggs in the nest of another bird species. They lay their eggs just after dawn, and usually choose host species with covered or dome shaped nests. The host species is “tricked” into caring extensively for young that are not its own. Striped cuckoos have more than 20 documented host species. After hatching, young Tapera naevia nestlings remain in the nest for approximately 18 to 20 days, after which they fledge.

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Photo credits: [Top: ©Mario Martins | Locality: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2012] - [Bottom: ©Juan Ochoa | Locality: Colombia, 2012]

Jambu Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus jambu)

…a strikingly marked species of fruit dove (Ptilinopus spp.) which is a resident breeder in southern Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei and the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan, Sumatra, and Java. Jambu fruit doves typically inhabit mangrove swamps and lowland rainforests up to 1,500 m. They are also known to inhabit second growth woodland as well. Adult jambu fruit doves are sexually dimorphic, with males sporting a crimson colored face, females differ by having a dull purple face with a dark chin. Like many fruit doves, jambu fruit doves are shy and inconspicuous birds, foraging for fruit in the forest canopy. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Columbiformes-Columbidae-Ptilinopus-P. jambu

Image: Greg Hume