distinguished birds

anonymous asked:

Can cranes and herons pick up objects with their feet? Can their feet even reach their mouths (e.g. to bring a food item to it)?

So, though they look pretty similar, cranes and herons aren’t that closely related. Herons are part of Ardeidae, with other stabby-faced predatory birds like egrets and bitterns. Cranes are all the way over in Gruidae (I guess… also stabby-faces, but different, okay), and the two families are not even that closely related

That being said, both herons and cranes can, in fact, reach their terrifying knife faces with their weirdo spindly feet!

As I mentioned before, when you think about it, they are technically “birds of prey” - i.e. they are predatory birds. They’re distinguished from the true raptors by not having murder talons to match their murder face. Their “talons” look like they belong on some kind of beautiful, delicate songbird instead of a leggy fish assassin. Not at all suitable for murder.

They can grab with their feet, and will use them for very impressive high-kicks, but their primary “tool” is their beak. Anything that requires manipulation, such as nest-building, hunting, picking something up - their first instinct will be to use their beak.  So I guess my final consensus would be that they could bring something up to their mouth, but they probably wouldn’t.

Parrot of the Week #3

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Budgerigar

Scientific Name: Melopsittacus undulatus

Classification: Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Aves > Order: Psittaciformes > Family: Psittacidae > Subfamily: _Loriinae _ > Tribe: _Melopsittacini _> Genus: _Melopsittacus _> Species: undulatus

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Other Common Names: common pet parakeet, shell parakeet, budgie, warbling grass parakeet, canary parrot, zebra parrot, flight bird, scallop parrot

Average Length (wild): 18 cm (6 - 7 in)

**Average Weight (wild) **: 28 – 40 g

Average Lifespan in Captivity: 5 – 15 years; the English budgie has half the lifespan of the American budgie because they are often inbred. With good care and proper diet, budgies in captivity can reach their 20s.

Average Lifespan in Wild: 3 – 5 years

Native Range: Most of Australia, rare in the eastern coastal region and the extreme south west; they are nomadic, constantly on the search for water

Natural Habitat: Open habitats, such as scrublands, open woodlands, and grasslands, always near water sources

Flock Size: varies from a few hundred to few thousands; I can’t find the source, but I remember reading that the largest flock ever recorded was around 24,000.

Call: Quiet warbling to sharp chattering and a quiet screech

Breeding: Between June and September in northern Australia and between August and January in the south. They are opportunistic breeders and will start to breed when the rainy season starts, which is when grass seeds become most abundant.

Nesting: They nest in holes in trees, fence posts, or logs laying on the ground. They have 4 – 6 eggs, which are incubated for 18 – 21 days. The female’s cere, usually a light tan, will turn crusty brown during breeding and nesting season. She lays her eggs on alternate days, with a gap of two days between each. The females hardly leave their nests during incubation. She will not let the male inside of the nest.

Wild Diet: ground feeders; Spinifex seeds, grass seeds, ripening wheat, crop plants

Sexually Dimorphic: Yes, males have blue ceres, while females have brown ones

Description (wild): Their bodies are a light green. Their faces and wings are yellow with black, scalloped markings on the nape, back, and wings. They have blue cheek patches and three black spots across each side of their throats. Their tails are blue and the outside tail feathers have yellow flashes.

Budgies in the wild are smaller than their captive counterparts.

(Above: The bird on the left is an English Budgie. As you can see, they are much larger than their American and wild counterparts)

Color Mutations: Many, with over 32 primary color mutations, hundreds of secondary color mutations, and a vast amount of patterns and feather mutations. Common ones include crested, albino, clear winged, opaline, gray winged, violet and spangled. The most common varieties in stores are blue, yellow, and green.

Noise Level: Quiet

Talking Ability: Excellent. They have clear voices, but have very small voices that some describe to sound like a sped-up recording. The males are more likely to talk than the females. The budgie Puck, who died in 1994, holds the world record for the larges vocabulary of any bird, at 1728 words!

Personality: They are easily hand tamed and become loyal, loving friends quickly. They are social, active, and curious, though a bit timid at times. Some people think their Budgies housed together remain friendly with humans if continually socialized.

Behavioral Concerns: They are highly social, and can become very depressed if not given adequate social interaction.

Health Concerns: They are very small, and are susceptible to accidents such as being crushed. Unfortunately, due to their size, inexpensiveness, and availability they are seen as “throw away” pets. Because of this they are often mistreated either intentionally, due to neglect, or due to ignorance of proper care. It is always important to do lots of research before getting any pet. They are also prone to obesity, fatty tumors, liver disease, foot disorders (bumblefoot), scaly face and scaly legs, Polyomavirus, Psittacosis, French Mold, Feather Plucking, Goiter, and intestinal parasites, all which require veterinary care. Yearly checkups are recommended for all pet birds, including the budgie. Obesity, fatty tumors, and liver disease are often due to all seed diets. Remember to give your budgies fresh fruit and veggies every day, and offer them pelleted diets as well.

Aviculture: Commonly available as pets and popular as companion parrots. There is the American Budgie and the English Budgie, that later of which is twice as large as wild budgies.

History in Captivity: They were first recorded in 1805, but were not bred in captivity until the 1850s. The naturalist John Gould and his brother-in-law, Charles Coxen, brought the budgie to Europe in 1838. Australia banned the exportation of budgies in 1894. In the 1920s, the budgie came to America, and became popular in the 1950s.

Fun Facts:

  • They are the third most popular pet in the world, behind the dog and cat, but is the second most popular bird in the U.S., behind the cockatiel.
  • The throat spots reflect UV light and can be used to distinguish individual birds. So, in the eyes of your birds, they aren’t black!
  • The budgie’s Latin name means “song bird with wavy lines”
Birds’s (Crow/Raven) theory - RWBY

According to this image we’ll found crow/raven apparition in Rwby  : Notice - it’s difficult to distinguish the two birds because the model are not detailed. I did my supposition with reflection.

the first Apparition of a bird : Yellow trailer.  It must be a raven.

Second Apparition of a bird -  Vol3 chapt3 When Qrow is against Winter

Vol3 chapter 12, it could be Raven.

Vol3 chapter 12 It’s clearly Qrow

Rwby volume 4 opening when we see the team RNJR

Rwby vol ¾ openings - Who knows ? It must be Raven 

volume 4 chapter 4

When the bird takes flight Qrow said “Luck” as he did it ironically. In the vol4 ep 8 Qrow’s semblance is the misfortune (watch this video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se-BvtKgkNI). According to the Branwen’s symbol, Qrow is the left, Raven the right. The left is the bad side, so the right is the “Luck side”. That why Raven is arrived in the good timing Yang in the vol 2 and Qrow is arrived too late when he wanted to save Amber in the vol 3. But he reckoned with Ironwood(vol4 chapt 11) and Ruby (vol 4 chapt 7). 

Plus the lyrics in the Qrow’s theme : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTVPiwJWDuA vol4- chapter 7
Pain Is your reward for being near me
Fate
Won’t be your friend when I’m around
Fade
Before the tragedy that follows
Flee 
The situations I surround
I’m a hole in light
I cannot lie
I will change the karma of your life
I don’t mean to bring you pain
But I will, just wait, I can’t explain.
I am no one’s blessing
I’ll just bring you harm
I’m a cursed black cat I’m an albatross
I’m a mirror broken
Save yourself I’m your bad luck charm

Sorry for the long post and my bad English. 

Clark Kent:

  • Has a stable job
  • Keeps the profession of journalism alive
  • Is an adorable co-worker and lover to Lois Lane
  • Has adorable parents who taught him positive values

Kal-El:

  • Vigilante
  • Unpaid half-time worker
  • Enforces a strict dress code
  • Is barely distinguishable from a bird or plane

Who’s the real super man?

nature.com
'Dino-chickens' reveal how the beak was born
Chicken embryos have been altered so that the birds grow dinosaur-like snouts.

Biologists have created chicken embryos with dinosaur-like faces by tinkering with the molecules that build the birds’ beaks.

The research, details of which are published today in Evolution1, does not aim to engineer flocks of hybrid ‘dino-chickens’ or to resurrect dinosaurs, says Bhart-Anjan Bhullar, a palaeontologist now at the University of Chicago in Illinois, who co-led the work. “We’re never going back to the actual dino-chicken or whatever it is.” Rather, he says, the team wants to determine how snouts might have turned into beaks as dinosaurs evolved into birds more than 150 million years ago.

The transition from dinosaur to bird was messy — no specific anatomical features distinguished the first birds from their meat-eating dinosaur ancestors. But in the early stages of bird evolution, the twin bones that formed the snout in dinosaurs and reptiles — called the premaxilla — grew longer and joined together to produce what is now the beak. “Instead of two little bones on the sides of snout, like all other vertebrates, it was fused into a single structure,” Bhullar says.

Continue Reading.

Through the Portal; closed rp w/heirofthedark

Everything was white and silent for a moment. It was just blank. Oblivion. For a moment.

Then reality came crashing down in a wave of colors and sounds. Nothing seemed to make sense. It was an attack on all senses as explosions shattered the silence. Colors spun around in a messy fashion, warping and blending together until finally settling in some predetermined pattern. The thunderous noises from before had dulled down, now only background noise.

Shapes began pulling together, forming trees and greenery. The noises were now distinguishable; birds chirping and small animals rustling the bushes. The world had put itself back together in the form of a forest. Beneath one of the tall oaks were two figures laying still. One was a hedgehog, black as night, with his arms wrapped around a sleeping brown wolf.

A sparrow fluttered down from the tree above and perched on one of the hedgehog’s quills.

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On the eleventh Day of Taxonomy

My true love sent to me

A wooden bird from Papua New Guinea!

In the 1920s, evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr took part in a series of Museum expeditions to study animal life in the South Pacific. While collecting specimens in New Guinea, he noted that the “folk taxonomy” of the local people corresponded almost exactly with Western scientific classifications: “These superb woodsmen had 136 names for the 137 species of birds I distinguished (confusing only two nondescript species of warblers.)” Today, Museum researchers still record local animals’ names while in the field to record local animal names. On the recent Explore21 Papua New Guinea expedition, Curator Chris Raxworthy found that the “Tok Ples” (local language) recognized 36 different frog species.

Vernacular systems of taxonomy are in use all over the world, and the influential scientist Stephen Jay Gould argued that their existence was evidence for real units in nature. 

Only one more Day of Taxonomy to go! Can’t get enough? Check out the first 10 Days of Taxonomy and watch Shelf Life: Turtles and Taxonomy.  

anonymous asked:

Sorry for bothering you, but do you know how to distinguish Churi's birds from each other? I get confused with their names >.<

^^ oh, yes, I can. I think they are mostly easy, except for Pucho and Popo (since their plumage are almost the same except the hue)

Okay, let’s begin from the easiest one, Papi

Papi has yellow plumage, orange forehead. there is zero possibility to mistake Papi with the others. Except maybe the next one, Popuru (which is also yellow) but Popuru is a cockatiel, so it has a crest on its head and an orange hue by the cheek:

Notice the hue on the cheeks

Now let us move to the trickier part as we go to the green birds. XD

First is the easiest one to distinguish, Pino. it has a bright plumage by its forehead and neck. Bright as in pink almost white plumage especially by the chest. So it is easy to distinguish Pino.

Now here is the HARDEST part. Even I don’t always guess it right or quite unsure of this because these other two totally depends on the degree of their hue. Here they are Pucho and Popo. Both has green plumage and deep orange on their forehead and neck.

Pucho is the one on the left, Popo is the one on the right. I am taking this picture as a reference because you can really see the difference of the green plumage from both of the birds. Popo has darker green hue while Pucho has brighter green plumage.

It will be trickier with shots like this:

(from left to right in the front line: Papi, Pucho, Pino, and the furthest is Popo) As you can see (if you can), Pucho has brighter green plumage while Popo has a really dark green wings, to make it easier. It looks totally different if we compared it with the color of their chests.

and here is the video from Akane’s old G+ on the four old birds:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcQejmwaCMU

I hope that helps! :D