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Inca Tern – The Birds with Mustaches

The Inca Tern is a seabird in the family Sternidae. It is the only member of the genus Larosterna. Terns are seabirds that are related to gulls and skimmers. They are medium-sized and very graceful. It is easy to differentiate them from the gulls by their somewhat smaller size and forked tails.

This uniquely plumaged bird breeds on the coasts of Peru and Chile, and is restricted to the Humboldt current. It can be identified by its dark grey body, white moustache on the both sides of its head, and red-orange beak and feet.

The Inca Tern breeds on rocky cliffs. It nests in a hollow or burrow or sometimes the old nest of a Humboldt Penguin, and lays one or two eggs. The eggs are incubated for about 4 weeks, and the chicks leave the nest after 7 weeks.

The Inca tern feeds primarily on small fish, such as anchovies. The species spots its prey from the air, diving into the water to grab meals with its pointed beak. Its call is a cat-like mew.
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Please, Get a Room….

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Who’s coming

Everyone who loves watching birds think that every bird deserves a home. Owl Houses can be positioned in trees, on a pole and on the outside or even inside of a building if there is access for the bird. But this is something unique, this owl has found new unusual home.

5,000 Ducks Crossing The Road

A Chinese farmer caused chaos on the roads when he ducked out to feed his flock of 5,000. Hong brought streets in the eastern city of Taizhou to a standstill when, accompanied by a colleague, he took his animals to a pond. Armed with nothing but a cane, he guided his feathered friends three quarters of a mile as part of an annual tradition in Zhejiang province.

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And he boasted that, incredibly, he had not lost a duck in the past six months while making the trip.

This is the life

Parrots are becoming more popular as household pets. They are smart, witty, funny, and usually very colorful. It is also very fun to teach parrots tricks to further bond with your parrot since they are so easily trainable.

Spending the time with your pet parrot needed to teach him tricks creates a greater sense of focus on you as the owner and creates an overall better socialized parrot. Teaching parrots tricks can also help correct behavioral problems since most of the time, pet parrots have behavioral issues when they are bored or don’t have the mental and physical stimulation needed. Spending time with your parrot and teaching him tricks will not only help stimulate him mentally but also helps to result in an overall happier and healthier parrot.

Beautiful Wild Parrots

Parrots, also known as psittacines are birds of the roughly 372 species in 86 genera that make up the order Psittaciformes, found in most tropical and subtropical regions. Parrots have a generally pantropical distribution with several species inhabiting temperate regions in the Southern Hemisphere as well. The greatest diversity of parrots is found in South America and Australasia. Parrots, along with ravens, crows, jays and magpies, are among the most intelligent birds, and the ability of some species to imitate human voices enhances their popularity as pets.

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Trapping wild parrots for the pet trade, as well as hunting, habitat loss and competition from invasive species, has diminished wild populations, with parrots being subjected to more exploitation than any other group of birds.

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Measures taken to conserve the habitats of some high-profile charismatic species have also protected many of the less charismatic species living in the same ecosystems.

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Wild Parrots are very adaptable and intelligent birds. Wild parrots have been spotted in at least fifteen U.S. states and have a high concentration in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

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Caique shopping at super market

The Caiques are highly intelligent parrots and teaching them to perform tricks can be achieved quite easily. That they can be taught to go to the potty as well. Caiques are considered to be very playful, always energetic, and quite enthusiastic.However, although they are quite exquisite they are not known to be as boisterous as other species. What they do enjoy is mimicking human sounds.

Caique parrots are very affectionate and social birds. They enjoy lots of toys that keep them occupied as well as entertained. A rule of thumb is to purchase a variety of toys for this species as they love to chew and would most likely destroy a toy or two. Due to their high intelligence and energy level, training caiques shouldn’t take long.

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Caique parrots are very intelligent and enjoy learning and showing off their tricks. They are, however, very strong-willed and will need a firm hand in training and in any interaction.

Caiques need lots of attention. They love to show-off, clown around, and examine new things. Unlike other parrot species, he will not cling to just one person in the household but will love anyone who shows him love, kindness, and respect.

Parrot and toaster

Parrot is favorite as pet due to their friendly and lovesome nature, intelligence, bright colours, and ability to simulate human voices. The domesticated Budgerigar, a lowly parrot, is the most popular of all pet bird species. Among greatest delights in having a parrot for a pet is seeing your parrot perform its tricks. Although many parrots discover a couple of tricks by themselves the norm is that a bird has to be trained to learn a trick.

The intelligence activity of parrots means they’re fast to learn tricks and a different behaviours — some good and bad — that will get them what they want, such as attention or treats.

 

Struggle for food between coyotes and vulture

Living in wildness is really hard and only strongest can survive. To survive animals need to be toughest and strongest to get food, water and shelter. Biggest fight comes when coyotes and vultures are fighting for dead animals on African plains.

Vultures including the birds which are seen scavenging on carcasses of dead animals on African plains. A particular characteristic of many vultures is a bald head, devoid of normal feathers. This helps to keep the head clean when feeding.
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 Though coyotes have been observed to travel in large groups, they primarily hunt in pairs. Coyotes are opportunistic, versatile carnivores with a 90% mammalian diet, depending on the season. They primarily eat small mammals, such as voles, prairie dogs, eastern cottontails, ground squirrels, and mice, though they will eat birds, snakes, lizards, deer, javelina, and livestock, as well as large insects and other large invertebrates.

Vultures seldom attack healthy animals, but may kill the wounded or sick. When a carcass has too thick a hide for its beak to open, it waits for a larger scavenger to eat first. Vast numbers have been seen upon battlefields. They gorge themselves when prey is abundant, until their crop bulges, and sit, sleepy or half torpid, to digest their food.

The coyote will also target any species of bird that nests on the ground. Though they will consume large amounts of carrion, they tend to prefer fresh meat. Coyotes shift their hunting techniques in accordance with their prey. When hunting small animals such as mice, they slowly stalk through the grass, and use their acute sense of smell to track down the prey. When the prey is located, the coyotes stiffen and pounce on the prey in a cat-like manner.

They do not carry food to their young in their claws, but disgorge it from the crop. These birds are of great value as scavengers, especially in hot regions. Vulture stomach acid is exceptionally corrosive, allowing them to safely digest putrid carcasses infected with Botulinum toxin, hog cholera, and anthrax bacteria that would be lethal to other scavengers.

Coyotes will commonly work in teams when hunting large ungulates such as deer, which is more common in winter and in larger-bodied Northern coyotes. Coyotes may take turns in baiting and pursuing the deer to exhaustion, or they may drive it towards a hidden member of the pack. When attacking large prey, coyotes attack from the rear and the flanks of their prey. Occasionally they also grab the neck and head, pulling the animal down to the ground.

 

The World Loneliest Penguin

The loneliest penguin in the world: ‘Lost’ Emperor swims on to beach in New Zealand after 4,000-mile wrong turn

Somewhere along the way, as it swam through the icy waters of Antarctica, a young emperor penguin took a wrong turn – and ended up in New Zealand. The black and white bird came ashore on a beach in the south of the North Island nearly 4,000 miles away from its usual habitat. There are two dozens colonies of the penguins in Antarctica, but this is the first time for 44 years a ‘vagrant’ bird has turned up in New Zealand.

The creature’s astonishing journey was witnessed by a woman walking her dog as the 2ft bird waddled out of the water in front of her. Christine Wilton stumbled across the nautical wanderer on Peka Peka beach. She said: ‘It was out of this world to see it. ‘It was this glistening white thing standing up on the sand and I thought I was seeing things.’ The tale of the lost penguin is similar to the 2006 children’s film Happy Feet, in which a young penguin finds himself far from home during a voyage of discovery.