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The sumptuous male cardinal in the ravine Thursday in @CentralParkNYC was strictly grab-n-go, but he was a repeat customer. First he perused the menu. 1/10 #BirdTwitter #birdphotography #wildlifephotography #BirdsSeenIn2022 #birdcpp #birdcpnyc #biodivercity
Then he had a quick bite 2/10
Next he psyched me out 3/10
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¹Hello! Your friendly birder here introducing you to another cool grp of birds
MOUSEBIRDS!
¹Red-faced Mousebird
²Speckled Mousebird
This is 2 of the 3 in southern Africa
Like their name, they have cool similarities with mice. They hang out in grps clamoring on trees like mice..
²they are grey with long tails, a crest and short legs adapted for tree crawling. If you watch them on trees, get do look like mice🐀
There are 6 spp of Mousebird & all are confined to Africa. They are evolutionary distinct & special (someone can add here)
³they eat a wide variety but mostly fruit. They like to huddle together to keep warm. From time to time, you can see them on tree tops seemingly basking in the sun.
Cool fact: they bask in the sun with their bellies facing out to help with digestion...fermantative digestion 😉
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Thanks in part to #BirdTwitter, my @sunyoswego #Ornithology syllabus is complete! Students will be reading papers from @branchinalong, @WildlifeMcCoy, @sexinnature, @martinwikelski, @CaiafaMarcos, @lyrebirdlab, @ederry1, @teamswiftparrot, and @honeyguiding. What a lineup!
Topic #1: "how birds evolve", paper by @branchinalong et al. on the genetic basis of chickadee spatial abilities sciencedirect.com/science/articl…
Topic #2: "feathers and plumages", paper by @WildlifeMcCoy on the anatomy and evolution of super black plumage journals.biologists.com/jeb/article/22…
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I tend to shoot photographs more for studying birds after the fact. So, my top 12 for ‘21 are not about birds so much as bird moments.

#1 Posted this as something other than a purple finch, and #BirdTwitter corrected me fast. It made watching them after more enjoyable.
#2 I have a soft spot for turkey vultures. Saw this one sunning itself and drying out wings on a road trip to California early in the year.
Didn’t see a lot of orange-crowned warblers this year, but this one made a lasting impression.
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At Chhapar, a sleepy village 4 hours from Jaipur, life for the birds is high energy and high stress. A constant battle for survival. This black-winged kite flew from a distant perch to come close to me. He was carrying a skink. Sequence follows.
#IndiAves #TwitterNatureCommunity
Choosing the safe perch of the moment.
Landing.
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Yesterday's got a leucistic Jungle Babbler @ Ayodhya #IndiAves
In leucistic birds, affected plumage lacks melanin pigment due to the cells responsible for melanin production being absent. #birdwatching #nature #BirdsSeenIn2021 #BBCWildlifePOTD @Avibase @ThePhotoHour
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This results in a white feathers, unless the normal plumage colour also comprises carotenoids (e.g. yellows), which remain unaffected by the condition. Although leucism is inherited, the extent and positioning of the white colouration
3/n #IndiAves
can vary between adults and their young, and can also skip generations if leucistic genes are recessive.
The reduction of pigment in leucistic birds causes feathers to weaken and be more prone to wear.
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This beautiful collection of owls found in #IndianSubcontinent, created from his own pictures by @KamleshMirkale

#birds #birdwatching #birdphotography #IndianBirds #IndiAves #nature #BirdTwitter #PhotoOfTheDay #owls
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(Please read & View from left to right – Row-wise)
Collared Scops Owl (Otus lettia) – Tinsukia, Assam
2. Serendib Scops-Owl (Otus thilohoffmanni) – Sri Lanka.
3. Sri Lanka Bay Owl (Phodilus assimilis) - Thattekad, Kerla
4. Andaman Barn Owl (Tyto deroepstorffi) - A&N
5. Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl (Bubo nipalensis) – Nameri Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam
6. Oriental Bay Owl (Phodilus badius) - Dehing Patkai, Assam
7. Andaman Scops Owl (Otus balli) - Andaman & Nicobar Islands,
8. Mountain Scops Owl ((Otus spilocephalus) – Tinsukhiya, Assam
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Asian Barred owlet #Thread

I have photographed (shared earlier here) a pair of Asian barred owlet earlier last month which I found in the backyard of my home in Assam in my recent visit in April.

#IndiAves #birds #birdwatching #BirdsSeenIn2021 #TwitterNatureCommunity Image
Today, my bother called me in the morning and told me that he found a chick at the bottom of a tree with a large hole. I ID the bird and he managed a bamboo 🪜 to place the chick in the hole. He noticed 2 more chicks there.

#IndiAves #BirdsSeenIn2021 #birdwatching ImageImage
While doing so he was attacked by one the parents. The hole was little wide at its mouth so we concluded that the chick came out of its own while crawling inside the hole.

#IndiAves #BirdsSeenIn2021 #birdwatching Image
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Rose ringed Parakeet ImageImageImage
Spotted necked Dove Image
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It’s #WorldWildlifeDay! To celebrate, here’s the most unusual #wildlife interaction I’ve captured w/ a #CameraTrap: a golden eagle attacking a great-horned owl, which were then attacked by a mule deer, followed by a coyote rushing to join in! 🧵
#WAPredatorPreyProject
Let’s break this down a bit. Our scene opens with a golden #eagle standing over (what we soon discover is) a great-horned #owl. Is this an attempted predation event? A scuffle over territory or food? Not sure. #BirdTwitter help me out. What do you think is happening here?
Then this rando mule deer shows up. A chance encounter between two (or three) species can happen when they use similar habitats, so this in itself isn’t that weird. But what happens next blows my mind. Also, check out the look on that eagle’s face! It’s not happy.
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Uh, anyone in the Mission missing a pet parakeet? Because there is one in my tree? #bird #BirdTwitter
I think it is a Budgerigar... #budgie
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Thread: I’ve updated my Etsy shop with a group of my new ink drawings. They’re all part of my commitment to ensure that original art is accessible to everyone.

It’s your chance to own some of my work without breaking the bank! Take a look. ImageImage
Overall I’ve priced the drawings so they are affordable to everyone. Each is just €149/£135/$177. I believe everyone should have access to original artwork in their homes. I’ve even included a few 2 for 1 (but they go fast)

Special Offer: 2 for 1 etsy.me/3lPGR33 ImageImage
Each work takes 4-6 hours and is an original drawing in ink. It seems strange to me to call this work as my art is a labour of love. #art

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Thread: I’ve updated my Etsy shop with a group of my new ink drawings. They’re all part of my commitment to ensure that original art is accessible to everyone.

It’s your chance to own some of my work without breaking the bank! Take a look. ImageImage
Overall I’ve priced the drawings so they are affordable to everyone. Each is just €149/£135/$177. I believe everyone should have access to original artwork in their homes. I’ve even included a few 2 for 1 (but they go fast)

Rainbow Finches (2020) etsy.me/331PlLL ImageImage
Each work takes 4-6 hours and is an original drawing in ink. It seems strange to me to call this work as my art is a labour of love. #art

Special Offer: Two for One etsy.me/3i5QYOK ImageImageImage
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Time for #BirdTwitter. Post your bird picture or favorite bird with location & name. From your garden, terrace, walk, forest or anywhere. With little info & watch how this thread will become colorful. Here White throated kingfisher through my lens.
Thank you all. This thread has 500 beautiful birds. All showing diversity & colours. 🙏🏻
Thank you for the pictures friends. Also I can claim this thread has some of the best pictures of birds. And #BirdTwitter actually made it into news also.

indianexpress.com/article/trendi…
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For those of you who are new here, and for everyone who has been following along with the saga, let me present to you : The story of Napoleon, the wayward rooster, and Turkey Girl, his star-crossed lover. Part 1:
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Introducing the cast: This is Napoleon, my tiniest rooster. He's a Silkie breed, but doesn't have the right feathers (they're usually soft and fluffy). He loves Turkey Girl.
This is Turkey Girl! Isn't she beautiful? She loves Napoleon back, spurning all of our large and glorious toms in favor of his company.
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Today I met a fledgling crow who could almost but not quite fly, who use entirely unafraid of me, and whose parents had no concern about my presence. As a result, I was able to take a number of closeup pictures.

With this little bird's help, let's talk a bit about crow anatomy.
People sometimes ask about birds' ears. They indeed have ears, but you usually can't see them under the feathers. Here you get a very clear view.
People also sometimes have the idea that birds' knees bend "backwards" compared to ours. Indeed it looks a bit like they do—but what we think of as their knees are actually their ankles. Their knees are usually buried deep in the feathers. But here you can see the knee clearly.
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