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astronomy-to-zoology:

Wire-crested Thorntail (Discosura popelairii)
…a rare and striking species of hummingbird which occurs in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Where it inhabits solely inhabits lowland forests, and is not tolerant of secondary habitats. Like most striking plumaged birds wire-crested thorntails are sexually dimorphic with lacking the long “wire” crests and “thorn” tails of males. In typical humming bird fashion wire-crested thorntails feed on nectar from flowers, but will occasionally take insects as well. 
Currently Discosura popelairii is listed as near threatened by the IUCN, as it faces accelerating threats from deforestation in the Amazon Basin. 
Classification
Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Apodiformes-Trochilidae-Discosura-D. popelairii
Image: Bill Bouton

astronomy-to-zoology:

Wire-crested Thorntail (Discosura popelairii)

…a rare and striking species of hummingbird which occurs in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Where it inhabits solely inhabits lowland forests, and is not tolerant of secondary habitats. Like most striking plumaged birds wire-crested thorntails are sexually dimorphic with lacking the long “wire” crests and “thorn” tails of males. In typical humming bird fashion wire-crested thorntails feed on nectar from flowers, but will occasionally take insects as well. 

Currently Discosura popelairii is listed as near threatened by the IUCN, as it faces accelerating threats from deforestation in the Amazon Basin. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Apodiformes-Trochilidae-Discosura-D. popelairii

Image: Bill Bouton

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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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cool-critters:

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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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.

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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