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At this point, I've reconstructed about a million fossil birds (and other vertebrates) and it pains me that this stuff is sitting in my files, UNPUBLISHED. It's because I >>can't<< make time to finish my textbook, not yet anyway. Let's talk about Paleogene birds. So.... (thread)
How do you reconstruct Paleogene #birds? The good news is that some of the relevant taxa - eg, those from Messel - are known from articulated skeletons, sometimes with plumage preserved and even feather patterns and melanosomes revealing colour... [pic Gerald Mayr/Volker Wilde]
Based on the skeleton, you take a load of measurements and get a skeleton scaled about right. My drawings at this point are really sketchy and look pretty goofy... This is the tiny Gracilitarsus, a hummingbird-sized relative of hoopoes.
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Sindh #Wildlife officers Mr Hasnain, Mr Naeem & Mr Nadeem count value of their life not in duration but in an effective donation that is by rescuing #wildlife species trapped by poachers.
The 'False Aamils' using 'Owl' in witch craft remain at their hit list. 1/3
This time they rescued this "Barn Owl" from illegal possession; inspected for it's fitness to flight & released in wilderness.
Native to🇵🇰, Barn Owls r birds of prey contributing effectively to food chain during night, keeping eyes upon reptiles & small mammals. 2/3
If you notice any "False Amil" in ugly practice of using these beautiful #birds in witch craft please DM us his location.
Our officials are "Taweez Ganda Proof" to deal that wretch effectively. 🙏 3/3
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Large charismatic birds with disproportionately large beaks and distinctive calls, #hornbills are the #farmers of our #forests. Today’s #WildAboutFacts series focuses on these feathered foresters.

Join us & share your hornbill images!

Rufous-necked Hornbills
📷Sarbajit Ghosh

There are 62 #hornbill species in the world, with 32 in #Asia and 30 in #Africa.

#India is home to 9 of them including the #GreatHornbill, the #MalabarPiedHornbill and the #RufousNeckedHornbill.

Malabar Pied Hornbill
📷 @samyak15

Several #hornbill species have a distinct #casque on their upper mandible. #GreatHornbills have a prominent #yellow and #black casque.

📷 Keya Das
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📢 NEW PAPER! #PaperThread #SciComm

Master’s student @samherniman recently published an article about avian habitat suitability in Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment. Sam has written this thread summarizing his findings...

In general, when a habitat has more #birds, it also has more of all living things. In scientific terms, we say that birds are good surrogates or indicators of #biodiversity.

This is excellent, because counting birds is really easy. Many of them sing or call. So, we can do a field survey of birds in a habitat and use that number to find a relative count of all biodiversity.

more birdsong ≈ more birds ≈ more biodiversity


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Ever wonder what a bird sees? If so, read on!

Purple has always been my favorite color. But purple's not just pretty--it's a special type of color. If you look at a rainbow, you won't see purple. That's because purple is what we color scientists call a 'nonspectral' color. 1/n
Instead of being formed by a single light or mixture of similar lights, purple is formed by simultaneously stimulating our non-adjacent red-sensitive and blue-sensitive cones in our eyes. 2/n
Since purple is my favorite color, & birds are my favorite animals, I wondered, "Can birds see purple?" Today, our paper led by Dr. Cassie Stoddard with @dylanhmorris @B_G_Hogan @DavidInouye1 Ed Soucy is in @PNASNews that shows that yes, birds can!… 3/n
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“Rapid assessment of avian species richness and abundance using acoustic indices” – New paper with @bunnefeld @_birdyNick @SWillis_Durham…

#Birds #Bioacoustics & #Conservation See thread to find out more 1/10 Image
An acoustic index is a metric derived from audio recordings, simplifying the complexity of sound into a single number. If we can find associations between acoustic indices and classic biodiversity metrics like species richness, it could facilitate monitoring on a huge scale. 2/10 Image
In our paper, we show consistent and coherent links between nine different acoustic indices and avian species richness and relative abundance. 3/10 Image
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A thread to cover some of the major - and I mean seriously, shockingly major - gaps, mistakes and problems with the #environmental impact assessment for Montijo airport in #Portugal.

First up: no #fieldwork. AT ALL. 1/
That's right – the EIA of a major international #airport proposed for the country’s most important #wetland site for #bird #conservation didn’t bother to actually count any #birds.

Instead, they depended on studies already published for other reasons.

How did that work out? 2/
Well, the data on birds feeding in the #intertidal- the largest and most important #habitat in the #SPA- was collected in 2002-3.

In the 17 years since, the #Tagus has changed a lot for birds. Improved #water treatment but drastic increase in #shellfish harvesting. 3/
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Revealing & important article in today’s @expresso on political interference in the approval of Montijo airport:
“Montijo airport was approved despite thumbs down from technical staff”

Thread to translate the main points 1/11…
Technical staff at #ICNF (Institute for Conservation of Nature & Forests, part of @govpt) told bosses to reject the application, early in the evaluation.

“The project will have significant, permanent & irreversible negative impacts on the avifauna of the estuary.” 2/11
Internal doc signed by techs and directors highlights that “affecting 20% of #birds’ feeding area risks the integrity of the whole SPA”

It concluded, considering #BirdsDirective of @EU_ENV, that their verdict “must be negative”, on pain of “possible future community litigation”
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We are excited to share our pub in #EvolutionaryApplications comparing relatedness estimates for pairing recommendations in critically #endangered #birds from #Aotearoa #NZ 🇳🇿. See this #SciComm 🧵 for more! #Conservation #Genomics #ConGen #ConSERTeam 1/13
Around the 🌏, #conservation breeding programmes strategically pair the least related individuals to enhance recovery. This is like #Tinder for threatened species, only more information goes into pairing than swiping ⬅️ or ➡️. See my #3MT for more! 2/13

It’s important to get the relatedness value right for pairing, because mating between close relatives can result in negative fitness consequences, like ⬇️ hatching success 🐣(see 3/13
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Monday's #hailstorm was catastrophic for #Canberra's #birds. See this thread for some stories, both good and bad, about some of the birds that came into our care.
Carer Helen reports: "The storm hit and the phone went crazy. Vets were inundated with animals - one had to euthanise 38 in a row and sent us the remaining 12. We received maybe 60 birds."
Volunteer Paula continues: "ACT Wildlife's carers were so amazing, taking on as many as they could. Volunteers drove boxes of birds to carers for us. We finished at about 9.30pm. After dropping off to carers I got home at 11.30pm. It was a BIG day."
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Amazing encounter with a short eared owl at #YoloBypass tonight. #Birds #BirdPhotography #Owls

My daughter asked me to drop her off to meet a friend in town and so I said sure and grabbed my camera bag thinking I could swing by #YoloBypass for a few minutes. And so I did. 1/n
I got there around 3 PM and the light was getting nice and I headed towards the area where I had seen a short eared owl a few weeks ago. After seeing a few birds here and there I saw a car pulled over up ahead and I approached slowly. 2/n
The person in the car waved me forward and pointed ahead. I got next to the car and the woman in the car said "There is a short eared owl up ahead on the ground.' After scanning for a bit I found it and took a few pics.
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Visiting #LaReunion allowed for a very special adventure with my 8-month old son. We wanted to see one of the rarest birds in the world before it disappeared: the Reunion Cuckoo-shrike.

This is a thread about #birds, #birding, fatherhood, #biodiversity and #extinction ... 1/13
@Team_eBird @BirdLife_News @BirdWatchingMag @Natures_Voice @WildlifeMag @Britnatureguide @RareBirdAlertUK @extinctsymbol @BirdNoteRadio 2. What does #extinction mean? What does it feel like? How does our species internalise, let alone rationalise, the loss of another?

Perhaps, like the Universe itself, the #anthropocene sixth mass extinction is too big, too abstract, just too *much*, for us to absorb.
@Team_eBird @BirdLife_News @BirdWatchingMag @Natures_Voice @WildlifeMag @Britnatureguide @RareBirdAlertUK @extinctsymbol @BirdNoteRadio 3. So let's focus on just one species: a bird few have heard of, and fewer would likely think or care about. A type of cuckoo-shrike found only on #Reunion, the next-door island to my home in #Madagascar.

A bird from an island where avian extinctions have already occurred.
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I have a love-hate relationship with the Common (or Ring-necked) pheasant, a species native to Asia and perhaps SE Europe but introduced in its MILLIONS to the UK. Here's a brief thread on this species and what it means for us in the UK... #birds #ornithology
Across the British countryside, the Common pheasant is ubiquitous, typically being the only 'large groundbird' you might see. Lone males - often calling loudly (gogOK!) - are commonly seen, as are groups of females and juveniles. They're everywhere in agricultural landscapes.
Because they look great - they're attractive, large, and represent a body shape we don't see in other commonly encountered British birds (more on that in a minute) - I think we mostly enjoy their presence in the land here...
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#TetZooCon 2019: a thread. We've over the half-way mark as goes filling up the venue, and it's only early September. TetZooCon is being held at University of London's THE VENUE, Malet St, #London, Oct 19th & 20th. Around 18 talks, an art exhibition, 3 discussions, stalls, merch..
Book places here (we don't send paper tickets)... this is also where you book for the conference meal and the (separate) #palaeoart workshop (which currently runs in parallel to part of the main event, alas):
#TetZooCon 2019 includes a special session on natural history film-making, with a talk from Amber Eames (on her #swans film) and an on-stage discussion and Q&A with Paul Stewart, Nick Lyon and Zoe Cousins...
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This is how tame daddy blackbird is getting couldn’t believe this. Third nesting this year. Feeding in full frenzy now @Natures_Voice @RSPBNews @BBCSpringwatch @ChrisGPackham @michaelastracha @SpringWatchUK
#blackbirds #songbirds #birdsuk #birds
My cats are indoor cats and the blackbirds are used to seeing them out in garden on their leashes
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It’s #Monday, I’m boozing it up at a 4 seat bar, the #barkeep is a long pourer, and I’m all fucking set if I get something stuck between my teeth.👇🙃 #RandomThoughts #drinking #OutAndAbout
Shooting the shit with a friend, she’s proud to be doing well with her plants - unusual for her.

The key was a #video explaining the benefits of pruning.

She needs REASONS. She got them.

Apparently, pruning in a particular manner stimulates growth hormones.
Of course, this led to me initiating a discussion about the #movie I just watched on Hulu, called “The German Doctor.”

The main character was Josef Mengele. #ThisHappened

People, this is why I’m known in my circles as “The Black Hole Of Conversation.” SMTH
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1/ Thread #Pets #Livestock #Horses #DisasterPreparedness

After the awful #CampFire #DisasterAssistTeam created a searchable Found Pets database w/ 1000+ animals - most were forever separated from their families

Make a #DisasterPlan for your whole family

2/ #Pets #Cats #Dogs #HurricaneSeason2019 #DisasterPreparedness

The AVMA (American Vet Med Assoc) & ASPCA have excellent #resources & tips for what to include in #DisasterPrepKits



#DisasterAssistTeam #Animals #DAT
3/ #Pets #Cats #Dogs #HurricaneSeason2019

Red Rover has printable #DisasterPrep lists & #info specific to different disaster events 🐶


Info for #CompanionAnimals 🐱

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Birds for scale.
#LotR #wetadigital #weta #VFX #PeterJackson #Birds #visualEffects #MattePainting #digimatte
Birds for scale.
#LotR #wetadigital #weta #VFX #PeterJackson #Birds #visualEffects #MattePainting #digimatte #BirdsForScale
Birds for scale.
#LotR #wetadigital #weta #VFX #PeterJackson #Birds #visualEffects #MattePainting #digimatte #BirdsForScale
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Today is the 145th #birthday of great #Austrian poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874-1929). He wrote both brilliant poetry and prose. He was a #monarchist and staunch supporter of the legendary Austro-Hungarian Empire; the outcome of #WWI was a blow to him.
..The poem of Hofmannsthal's reproduced below is one of his both earliest and most famous. It was first published in Dec. 1892 in Vol. 2 of #StefanGeorge's journal when Hofmannsthal was 18 years old, under a #pseudonym(which allowed him to hide his tender age).
I'll translate..
.. the poem (in #prose, without any attempt at recreating #rhyme or #rhythm).
There is a lyrical #adaptation of the poem, published while von Hofmannsthal still alive, in
Charles Wharton Stork: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘺𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘗𝘰𝘦𝘮𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘏𝘶𝘨𝘰 𝘷𝘰𝘯 𝘏𝘰𝘧𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘭.
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TIL eagles have barbed tongues. 🦅



#Birds are so metal…
A thread 👇👇#scicomm
I study teeth.. but when animals lose their teeth through evolution they come up with other nightmarish solutions and I love them all.

Herons and Egrets have harpoon tongues.
Penguins have a solution for slippery fish.

Spoiler: Its a spike mouth.. like why did you go and lose teeth if you are just going go to do this!? 😒🐧
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