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koryos:

Sometimes you are compelled by the science gods to make a photoset of the long-whiskered owlet (Xenoglaux loweryi), a fanciful creature that probably belongs at a masquerade somewhere.

Rare, tiny (14 cm, less than 50 g), and nearly flightless, this little fellow can be found in forests of Abra Patricia in northern Peru. It has a froglike call and may eat insects, though no one has yet actually observed it eating. My guess is that it lives on stardust and David Bowie songs.

(Photos by Dubi Shapiro, Gunnar, Adam Riley, and Shachar Alterman, respectively.)

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Scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber)

The scarlet ibis inhabits tropical South America and islands of the Caribbean. In form it resembles most of the other twenty-seven extant species of ibis, but its remarkably brilliant scarlet coloration makes it unmistakable. This medium-sized wader is a hardy, numerous, and prolific bird, and it has protected status around the world.

Mating pairs build nests in a simple style, typically “loose platforms of sticks of a quality sometimes described as “artless”. They roost in leaf canopies, mostly preferring the convenient shelter of young waterside mangrove trees. To attract a female, the male will perform a variety of mating rituals such as preening, shaking, bill popping, head rubbing, and high flights. Their distinctive long, thin bills are used to probe for food in soft mud or under plants.

Popularly imagined to be eating only shrimp, a recent study in Llanos has found that much of their diet consists of insects, of which the majority were scarabs and ground beetles.

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funnywildlife:

This Bald Eagle was chasing the Great Blue Heron away from the eggs in her nest. It wasn’t trying to kill the Heron or she would have done so long before this once in a lifetime shot was captured by Owen Deutsch

The artist in me loves the fact that we have two nearly similarly sized birds in the same pose for a detailed comparison between the anatomical differences. It’s like, I’m having an art boner right now.

krakenqueen:

funnywildlife:

This Bald Eagle was chasing the Great Blue Heron away from the eggs in her nest. It wasn’t trying to kill the Heron or she would have done so long before this once in a lifetime shot was captured by Owen Deutsch

The artist in me loves the fact that we have two nearly similarly sized birds in the same pose for a detailed comparison between the anatomical differences. It’s like, I’m having an art boner right now.

(Source: wildography.co.uk, via koryos)

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libutron:

Squirrel Cuckoo - Piaya cayana
Piaya cayana (Cuculiformes - Cuculidae) is a large arboreal cuckoo up to 50 cm with a very long, graduated tail. This bird is commonly known as Squirrel Cuckoo due to its coloration and the fact that its movements in trees resemble those of a squirrel at first glance.
The Squirrel Cuckoo vocalizes infrequently, but has a remarkable variety of loud, distinctive calls. The species is widespread in the Neotropics, ranging from northern Mexico south to Panama; and, in South America, south west of the Andes to northwestern Peru; and, east of the Andes, south to northern Argentina.
Reference: [1]
Photo credit: ©Jeff Dyck | Locality: Taracoa, Orellano, Ecuador (2014)

libutron:

Squirrel Cuckoo - Piaya cayana

Piaya cayana (Cuculiformes - Cuculidae) is a large arboreal cuckoo up to 50 cm with a very long, graduated tail. This bird is commonly known as Squirrel Cuckoo due to its coloration and the fact that its movements in trees resemble those of a squirrel at first glance.

The Squirrel Cuckoo vocalizes infrequently, but has a remarkable variety of loud, distinctive calls. The species is widespread in the Neotropics, ranging from northern Mexico south to Panama; and, in South America, south west of the Andes to northwestern Peru; and, east of the Andes, south to northern Argentina.

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Jeff Dyck | Locality: Taracoa, Orellano, Ecuador (2014)

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King of saxony bird-of-paradise (Pteridophora alberti)

The King of Saxony is a bird in the bird-of-paradise family (Paradisaeidae).  It is endemic to montane forest in New Guinea. The bird is sometimes referred to as “Kiss-a-ba” by the natives of Papua New Guinea and Western New Guinea, as a human interpretation of the male’s loud call. Adult males are territorial. The male guards its territory from perches placed in the tops of tall trees, and from these perches sings to compete with males in neighbouring territories. While singing, the male moves his occipital plumes about.

look it’s gabe

YOU MUST HEAR IT

I’m tired and read it as King of Sexy bird

Can you imagine one of these guys going through a revolving door?  Now two!  Now three!

Yeah, I’m in a mood.

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