EDUCATION | HUMOR | ANECDOTE

Tom Hartley, Golden Pheasant; Uzair.saeed, Silver Pheasant; Stavenn, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5697765, 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. …

EDUCATION | ANIMAL WELFARE

“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…

HISTORY | BIRDS

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…

BIRDS | EDUCATION

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…

BIRDS | EDUCATION

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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…

EDUCATION | BIRDS

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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? …

Nathan Finger

Just birds, hey

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