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Parrot of the Week 6

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Scientific Name: Strigops habroptilus

Classification: Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Aves > Order: Psittaciformes >  Family: Strigopidae > Genus: Strigops > Species: habroptilus

Conservation Status: Critically Endangered; there are 153 as of 2016

Other Common Names: Night parrot, owl parrot, tarapo, tarepo

Average Length (wild): 23 – 25 in, 58 – 64 cm

Average Weight (wild): 2 – 9 lb, 0.95 – 4 kg

Originally posted by jesuisbavarde

Average Lifespan: 58 years, but have potential to live into their 90s. Their exact lifespan is unknown. Researchers in the recovery program will know when the kakapo hatched in the recovery effort die of old age, which could be decades from now.

(Above: Historic range; Below: Current range)

Native Range: Used to live from the far north of the North Island to the south of the South Island. Now they are only found on offshore islands that are protected areas without introduced predators. It is not believed that there are any left on the main land of New Zealand, when the recovery program began they were all captured from the Fiordland National Park and brought to protected zones. They currently live on Codfish Island (Whenua Hau), Little Barrier Island (Hauturu ao Toi), and Anchor Island.

Naturalized Range: N/A

Natural Habitat: Formally from sea level to near tops of mountains. They are ground dwellers who live in forest substrate and scrubland.

Flock Size: They are solitary, gathering only to breed

Originally posted by svartvitkatt

Call: Loud screeching “skraark

Breeding: They do not breed every year, as they will only breed when there is enough rimu fruit.

Breeding season starts around December and lasts until April

They engage in “lek” breeding, which is when the males compete for female attention. They are the only parrot species and New Zealand bird species to do this.

The male inflates like a balloon, and then emits a low boom which can be heard from up to 5 km away. This lets any females in the area know that he is ready to mate

After 20 -30 booms, the male emits a high-pitched ‘ching’, which pinpoints his position, allowing females to find him

This booming and chinging can last for 8 hours nonstop every night for 2-3 months during breeding season

(Above: Booming Sketch)

Nesting: The female lays 1-4 eggs. They are similar in size to chicken eggs and will hatch after 30 days. The female raises them by herself, and has to leave the nest at night to search for food. After 10 weeks, the fledglings leave the nest, but may still be fed by their mother for up to 6 months.

Wild Diet: The berries of the Rimu plant (see picture) are their favorite food. They also eat parts of other native plants, including the fruits, seeds, bark, bulbs, leaves, stems, mosses, ferns, fungi, and roots. Species include pink pine, stinkwood, Hall’s totara, and mountain flax. When food species that are important to their diet become abundant, they feed exclusively on it.

    Currently, they are also fed pellets, freeze-dried and frozen fruit, walnuts, and pine conelets by the recovery effort.

Sexually Dimorphic: Yes, the males are larger

Description (wild): The upper side of their body is green with random black, brown, and yellow barring and mottling. Their underparts are a yellow-green and have irregular yellow and brown barring. The face is yellow-brown and the beak is grey and smaller in females. The primary wing feathers are tipped with yellow in males and green and brown in females. The tail is green and brown with yellow and black barring and flecks.

Color Mutations: N/A

Noise Level: Loud

Talking Ability: N/A

Personality: They are nocturnal and solitary and roost on the ground or in trees during the day. When disturbed, they freeze, trying to blend in with their background.

Originally posted by biomorphosis

Behavioral Concerns: They are not equipped to deal with human intrusion and introduced predators, which caused their numbers to decline rapidly. By 1970, there were only 18 males left in Fiordland. In 1977, a small population of both males and females were found.

Health Concerns: Recently there has been an increase in cases of “crusty butt”, which is a viral infection that causes the cloaca to become inflamed, and presents like severe dermatitis. 

It is still unknown what is causing the virus and if it is infectious. There has been one death due to this infection, and treatment, a topical cream, seems to only help some individuals. 

As of now, it is only found on Codfish Island, and has been since 2002. 

It is being taken very seriously and is being closely monitored, with research being done to learn more about it.

Aviculture: N/A

History in Captivity: Some young chicks are raised in captivity as part of a Conservation attempt to save the species. Conservation and recovery of this species has been going one since 1977, when a population of both females and males were found on Stewart Island.

Fun Facts: They are the largest parrot species in the world (by weight) and possibly the oldest living bird!

Originally posted by welcometoyouredoom

Sirocco, a male kakapo born March 23, 1997, was raised in captivity due to a illness that required he be hand raised and quarantined from other kakapo. He now thinks he’s human and is a conservation ambassador for the kakapo. 

He proved that kakapo can swim, after deciding to join one of the rangers’ family who were swimming in the ocean. He jumped off the jetty and paddled around for a bit before going back to shore, completely nonchalant. 

He is also the kakapo who made his species famous after “shagging” Mark Cawardine on the BBC series “Last Chance to See”. 

You can follow him on twitter @Spokesbird

Originally posted by jerkandcry

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Hummingbird Nest Activity by Steve Lefkovits
Via Flickr:
Mother hummingbird with her 8-day old chicks in the nest. Eyes have barely started to open sometimes. The chicks spend their time in the nest resting quietly, beaks peeking up over the rim of the nest to better position them for the next feeding. Berkeley, CA April 2, 2017

The mbti types as phrases/idioms

ENFJ: Actions speak louder than words.

INFJ: A penny for your thoughts?

ENTJ: Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.

INTJ: Curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back.

ESTJ: Don’t beat around the bush.

ISTJ: Cleanliness is next to godliness.

ESFJ: Don’t shoot the messenger.

ISFJ: An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

ENFP: Every cloud has a silver lining.

INFP: You can’t judge a book by it’s cover.

ESTP: I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

ISTP: Drastic times call for drastic measures.

ESFP: Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

ISFP: A picture paints a thousand words.

ENTP: There’s a method to my madness.

INTP: I’m mad as a hatter.

11 French expressions translated
  • A friend indeed in a friend in need. - C'est dans le besoin qu'on reconnaît ses vrais amis. (It’s in the need that you recognize your true friends.)
  • It never rains but it pours. - Un malheur n'arrive jamais seul. (A misfortune never comes alone.)
  • Don’t count your chicken before they’re hatched. - Ne vend pas la peau de l'ours avant de l'avoir tué. (Don’t sell the bear’s skin before killing it.)
  • It’s the last straw that breaks the camel’s back. - La goutte d'eau qui fait déborder le vase. (The drop that makes the vase overflow.)
  • The early bird catches the worm. - L'avenir appartient à ceux qui se lèvent tôt. (The future belongs to those who wake up early.)
  • It’s no use crying over spilt milk. - Ce qui est fait est fait. (What’s done is done.)
  • Practice makes perfect. - C'est en forgeant qu'on devient forgeron. (By forging you become a blacksmith.)
  • You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. - L'habit ne fait pas le moine. (Clothes don’t make the monk.)
  • Still waters run deep. - Méfiez-vous de l'eau qui dort. (Wath out the water that sleep.)
  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder. - Un seul être vous manque et tout est dépeuplé. (You miss one person and everything is depopulated.)
  • You can’t have your cake and eat it. - On ne peut pas avoir le beurre et l'argent du beurre. (You can’t have butter and butter’s money.)

Alright, a few things because I really have no desire to enter into a major discourse about this.

1) If giving money to money-hungry Sony is the issue someone has, buying and supporting JHO was still doing that. And it was doing that despite their lack of promo, so they were getting that money while exerting zero effort of their own, coasting off of Louis’ engaged fan base, and fucking him over entirely. Now listen - I fully understand the circumstances of why people supported JHO when they may not have wanted to feed Syco/Sony bank accounts (Jay’s death and supporting Louis was a huge part of it), but if you’re going to bitch about people throwing their money at Sony, it’s really hypocritical to only target Harry. That was just my point with that particular anon.

2) I’m not thrilled with certain things I’ve seen from Harry’s promo so far (I’ve talked openly about this and gotten a lot of flack for it) and I do think it’s possible that the womanizer anti-1D stuff will be pushed more going forward, which will really piss me off, but some of you are way ahead of yourselves. It’s one thing to speculate about what could happen and it’s another to act like you know exactly how promo season for Harry is going to go when all we’ve gotten is quotes from one interview and some social media picture changes/deletions. Please don’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched. Wait to see what actually happens because he’s going to be doing a lot of interviews in the coming days and weeks.

3) If you don’t want to support Harry’s song, that’s your own personal choice. I know that things are volatile in the fandom and that people are struggling with solo stuff from the boys for various reasons. I know people are uncomfortable and angry and upset and fearful. I share some of those feelings, and I don’t share others. I think everyone should do what they want to do and choose to spend (or not spend) their money the way they want to. That being said, I definitely don’t appreciate when people try to guilt trip other people, whether it’s solo Harry supporters guilt-tripping people who don’t want to buy the song or people who don’t want to buy the song guilt-tripping people who are buying it. On one side, I definitely don’t appreciate accusations that people who choose to support Harry’s song or album are doing so only because they’re blindly following Harry and Sony like sheep. On the other side, I definitely don’t appreciate accusations that people who don’t want to give their money to Sony are making that choice because they hate Harry or want him to fail. Messages like the one I responded to read to me as very angry and hostile, and I’m not here for that attitude. People need to speak respectfully and voice their opinions without insulting people and being rude, or they need to get off my blog. And for god’s sake, people on this website need to come to the realization that not everybody thinks like them or feels the same way they do, and THAT’S OKAY.

First off: Bill isn’t really dead. You don’t know what’s happened yet. Yeah, she got shot. Yeah, she’s a cyberman. But guess what? She’s a mondasian cyberman. And we heard her voice in the to-be-continued episode. And you saw her crying. You saw her flesh and eye. It’s okay.

Second: It’s not queer baiting yet. I think you’re getting your panties in a bunch prematurely. 

Third: Please accept that traumatic things happen in Doctor Who. It’s a show meant to play on your emotions. It’s a show meant to have you on the edge of your seat, scared. The season finale hasn’t come yet. Plot twists happen. Trailers are misleading. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. 

Be patient. It’s not the end yet. Bill is very good. Bill is amazing. And if she is leaving, that is sad, but maybe it was a decision that Pearl Mackie made. Don’t jump to conclusions until you’ve seen it all. Please. 


so today was a great day

our chickens hatched in my biology class- i named mine Ivan bc he’s tiny and very soft and full of rage and i love him a lot and when i tried to put him down or give him to someone else he would just scream really loudly and flail around until i picked him up again so i am his mother now

then my a cappella group got to ditch the last half of our classes to go to a competition which we WON so i’m in a good mood

I was at my grandma’s house trying to hatch chickens. I succeeded and tried to take care of them. I had one and left it in a ‘safe’ place. I then hatched another one who just kept disappearing and I had to go look for it. In the end, I had three little chickens (that were waaaay smaller than actually chickens) and one of them had laid eggs. What the fuck. At one point, I went up to my younger brother and asked ‘where are the chickens?’ Turns out he had fed one of my chicken an unpopped popcorn.

star-anise  asked:

Dex/Ransom, 2

for @dexrarepairweek

“Hey, isn’t that my hoodie?!” 

The biggest thing Dex has learned since he started college is to bring a jacket. It should really be a bigger lesson like “always expect the unexpected” or “don’t count your chickens before they hatch”. But really, he needs to remember that just because he can handle near frozen temperatures in a thin tshirt, doesn’t mean his needs to put himself through that.  

So once again, Dex finds himself with a nasty fall flu. Only this time, he’s a junior living in the Haus. The biggest benefit is that he isn’t freaked out when Bitty comes in and out of his room at all hours of the day. 

His nose is so stuffed he can barely breathe. He tried holding down lunch, and was generally successful…generally. Dex groans, snuggling further into his blanket. At least he isn’t missing anything important in class. Just a discussion section for his intro level history course. 

He’s doses off until the sun is high in the sky. Dex is startled awake by the sound of his room door creaking. 

“Nursey, shhhh,” he hisses. 

“Wow you must be really congested,” Ransom’s voice comes through instead. 

Dex struggles to lean over the top bunk. Ransom is taking off his suit jacket, folding it neatly over Dex’s desk chair. 

“What are you doing here?” Dex murmurs. “I told you I’m sick.”

“Was that code for ‘don’t drive down to take care of me’?” 

Dex squints. “Kind of? More like, ‘don’t come here, I’m infectious’.” 

“C’mon, Dex,” Ransom chides. “I got your back, remember? What kind of boyfriend would I be if I can’t take care of you in your time of need.” 

He wants to argue that a flu isn’t that big of a deal. Ransom doesn’t have many days off, and he’d be better off using them for something other than Dex. Then again, Dex has learned better than to stop Ransom from doing what he thinks is best. 

Dex scoots over, waving Ransom up. He kicks off his dress shoes, scaling the ladder quietly. Ransom nudges Dex over closer to the wall, spooning him from behind. 

“Thank you,” Dex says as his eyes flutter shut. 

“Of course, Dexy.” Ransom pecks the rim of his ear. 

Ransom buries his face in Dex’s shaggy red hair. His nose nudges the hood of Dex’s pullover. Dex hums in contentment. 

“Hey,” Ransom protests. “Isn’t this my hoodie.” 

In fact, it was. Dex, however, simply chuckles. “You said ‘what’s mine is yours’.” 

Ransom huffs. “I’m gonna need this back.” 

“I know,” he admits. 

“Eventually,” Ransom clarifies.

The last thing Dex thinks before he falls asleep is “yeah, eventually.” 

Lunchtime Drabble: Training the Inhuman (4/?)

Pairing: Avengers x Reader for now. Relationships develop as I go.

Word Count: 837
Warnings: short reader, fluff, fighting, and a little angst. Protective!Tony for this one

Originally posted by marvelheroes

“Holy shit!” Sam’s voice sounded across the field. Nat, Wanda, and Y/N turned to see Sam, Bucky, and Steve standing in the door of one of the garages. They had apparently seen Y/N make the truck fly across the field. Y/N groaned and the three women began to walk across the field to meet the men.

“Not one word to them about what you told me, Wanda,” Y/N warned. 

“Nope, not a word.” Wanda agreed. 

Sam was still staring at Y/N as if he was seeing her for the first time when the women arrived at the garage. Bucky was smirking and Steve just looked a little worried. He seemed to always look that way at Y/N. 

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so according to fantastic beasts (and i think this matches up with realworld mythology too) the way to create a basilisk is to hatch a chicken egg under a toad

it’s intensely illegal but that is astonishingly easy to do 

like. nobody seems to have any problem obtaining toads in the wizarding world. id say getting a toad to sit still on an egg long enough for it to hatch would be difficult but they’re wizards, they could just charm it or something 

so why isnt there an epidemic of dark wizards making basilisks. or young wizards daring each other to do it or “no that can’t REALLY be true :/” or edgelord slytherin kids trying to make themselves a giant snake pet not understanding the risk involved

voldemort clearly doesn’t care about the law, wouldn’t it have been ludicrously easy for him to make a whole army of basilisks. he didnt even need the chamber of secrets one