Tom Hartley, Golden Pheasant; Uzair.saeed, Silver Pheasant; Stavenn,, Copper Pheasant

So the Olympics has come and gone. Races were run and swum. Different-sized balls were hurled through all sorts of apparatus. And when the competition finished, hundreds of athletes left with gold, silver, and bronze medals, as is tradition. …


“A white tern (Gygis alba) checks me out” by ericdalecreative

They’re a small, pure white sea-going bird with glossy black eyes. They’re so graceful and charming that some people even call them Angel Terns, and to be fair, they’re basically the Doves of the ocean.

Now, as you may know, when Terns normally nest, they form into huge colonies, stake…

It’s a little-known fact that the bird with the highest global population is a tiny finch-like fellow called the Red-billed Quelea. It is estimated that across Sub-Sahara Africa there are about 1.5 billion Queleas hopping about. …


Photo by Sneha Cecil on Unsplash

Before we had satellites and smart phones we had Pigeons. For hundreds of years our swiftest form of communication was tying a note to a Pigeon’s leg, throwing it into the sky and hoping to hell it didn’t fall foul of a falcon.

You might know these aptly winged mercurial…


Photos by Zdeněk Macháček and Brigitte Tohm on Unsplash

So there’s this adorable tradition, where all Hummingbirds get fantastical, whimsical names. I don’t know how or why everyone agreed to this, but I love it.

Among the 300 or so species of Hummingbird you have such enchanting names as: Fiery Topaz, Sparkling Violetear, Horned Sungem, Purple-crowned Fairy, Amethyst-throated Sunangle…


“cat-and-dog” by Katlene Niven

Everyone loves an unexpected friendship; Timon and Pumbaa, a cat and a dog, or Copper and Tod. But, what if told you there was a real life dynamic duo hanging out in South America? Allow me to introduce you to the Cattle Tyrant (Machetornis rixosa).


Photo by Zep Nurdiman on Unsplash

The poor, old Rock Dove has a bad reputation. Even so, I love them. Controversial opinion, I know. But they’re unique birds that have their own cool attributes. Did you know they’re one of the few birds that produce milk for their babies? Yep, pigeons lactate like mammals … except…



These are an African bird, and they hang out in the savannah where they hunt for food. But finding your own meal can be hard work. Wouldn’t be easier if some obliging Meerkat could serve you up a juicy grub instead? …


Eagles are impressive creatures. They’re majestic, high soaring, cold-blooded killers that strike fear into the heart of any animal smaller than them, be they mammal, reptile or fish. …

I’m sure back in school you learned about all the important conflicts of the 20th Century: World War I and II, Vietnam, Korea. But did you ever hear tell of the Great Emu War of 1932?

“File:Emu mob set free.jpg” by Chudditch, edit MPF

It was the one and only time a standing army declared war on a…

Nathan Finger

Just birds, hey

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