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Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill ~ Östlicher Gelbschnabeltoko ~ Tockus flavirostris

Against the light you can see that the extremely touch-sensitive high precision tool - the beak - contains a lot of blood vessels. One reason why birds hate their beaks being touched - and something that renders the clipping of chickens’ beaks in factory farming absolutely unacceptable.   

2014 © Jesse Alveo

Northern Cardinal ~ Rotkardinal ~ Cardinalis cardinalis

This bird was singing and posing nicely between thorns at Sabino Canyon near Tucson in Arizona, a recommended birding spot.

2014 © Jesse Alveo

@ iamwhatonearth: Generally they do, but this guy was a little excited and courtship dancing plus I think horizontally these thorns must be even more OUCH. ;-)

Hooded Crow ~ Nebelkrähe ~ Corvus corone cornix

A teeny tiny black and white series o’ corvid is developing. This shall pass soon and looks horrible on mobile - sorry a bunch for that - but there will be one more. ;-)

2014 © Jesse Alveo

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Alpine Chough ~ Alpendohle ~ Chocard à bec jaune ~ Pyrrhocorax graculus

2014 © Jesse Alveo

Yellow beak, red legs, lots of snow and ice! Had a wonderful afternoon yesterday with my very special, high alpine feathered friends: the gang of Alpine Choughs - not coughs!!! - at Untersberg in Austria. They are real corvids by nature, bold and kind, curious and clever. If you take a closer look at picture one, you will spot one of the many aspects that make wild bird photography so fascinating - you can see the reflection of the birds’ habitat - no cage bars - in their gleaming eyes. :-)

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House Sparrow ~ Haussperling ~ Passer domesticus

2014 © Jesse Alveo

House Sparrow mass bath orgy at a sweet water puddle on the beach in France. This was funnnnn to watch. ;-)