Fledglinks

Posted by ardeidae on March 15, 2005


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Karak Needs Protection from the Australian Government

Posted by ardeidae on March 14, 2005

Karak, an endangered Southeastern Red-tailed Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii graptogyne), is the official mascot of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. This is great publicity for Karak, as his species is in severe jeopardy, and one of his biggest enemies is the Australian government. With only 700 to 1000 birds left in the wild, their habitat is quickly shrinking. Most feed on Brown Stringybark and Buloke trees in the West Wimmera region, and the Department of Sustainability and Environment approved 94 percent of applications made by farmers to clear Bulokes in favor of agriculture. Only 2 percent of the original Bulokes remain.

There has been an outcry for the government to stop this before the Southeastern Red-tailed Cockatoo is completely wiped out. Projects are underway to help ensure these birds survive. Check out the Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo website for more information and find out what you can do to help.


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Fledglinks

Posted by ardeidae on March 09, 2005


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Fledglinks

Posted by ardeidae on March 08, 2005


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Fledglinks

Posted by ardeidae on March 07, 2005


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Peregrine Peep Show

Posted by ardeidae on March 07, 2005

A pair of endangered Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus) laid eggs last week atop the Pacific Gas and Electric building in San Francisco. That’s great news. What’s even better news is that the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group, which placed the nest there in 1987, also placed a webcam there three weeks ago and it officially debuted today at noon Pacific Time. See it all here.

Last year, the Peregrine couple managed to raise two chicks. Hopefully they’ll be as successful this year, and we’ll all be able to watch them grow up!


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Fledglinks

Posted by ardeidae on March 03, 2005


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New Parrot Species Discovered

Posted by ardeidae on March 02, 2005

A new species of bird has been discovered and is in the process of being added to the genus Aratinga, which is comprised of about 20 species of birds commonly known as Parakeets (or Conures). For about a century, scientists have confused the Sulfur-breasted Parakeet (Aratinga pintoi), living in the Amazon River basin in Brazil, with the juvenile Sun Conure (Aratinga solstitialis), which is found in Guyana and northern Brazil.

“The confusion has arisen because people studying museum skins of Sulfur-breasted Parakeets mistook them for juveniles of the closely related Sun Parakeet.” explains Luis Fabio Silveira, lead author of the paper describing the new species. “This was partly because most of the museum specimens in Brazil were of Sulfur-breasted Parakeets, whilst specimens in America and Europe were mainly Sun Parakeets. People never had the opportunity to compare the two side by side.”

“When we visited museum collections in Brazil and elsewhere, it became clear that the two parrots had very different plumages. In particular, Sulfur-breasted Parakeet differs from Sun Parakeet in its paler, greener crown, paler orange forehead and cheeks, a greener back mottled with flecks of green, and a sulfur-coloured, not orange breast.”

Brazil is home to over 1600 species of birds. And in the last 20 years, more species have been discovered there than any where else. Several of the species are in danger of extinction. When the South American Classification Committee of the American Ornithologists’ Union recognizes the Sulfur-breasted Parakeet as its own species, conservation status research will begin. This will be an especially important time; it’s common for a newly-discovered species to be illegally traded.


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Fledglinks

Posted by ardeidae on March 01, 2005


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Fledglinks

Posted by ardeidae on February 28, 2005


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