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Sam's Blog - All About Birds - June 19 post

Color morphs in birds.

 

Sam's Blog

George's Wild Birds Blog - June 16 post

 Is it “PIE” or “PIL”?

 

 

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Questions and Answers about Wild Birds

Question of the week:

Why do some birds stand on one leg?

The Professor loves this question, because no one knows for sure...and there are probably several reasons. Here are some of the common explanations.



Conserves body heat.

Bare legs are exposed to moisture and wind. By tucking one leg up-and-under, the bird may conserve body heat. 



Relief from a caustic environment.

The Lesser Flamingo of central and eastern Africa feeds in shallow lakes filled with very caustic water (pH of about 10.5). Keeping one leg out of the water for awhile may help prevent burning of the exposed skin.

Maybe it is just a comfortable way to stand.

 

Information About Birds and Weekly Bird Quiz

Learn about the many types of American Birds.

Auks, Murres and Puffins

atlantic puffin

Auks, Murres and puffins are part of a group of birds known as "alcids."  They are generally black and white in appearance.  Their lags are set well back on their bodies, great for swimming, as these birds spend their time at sea when not nesting.  As they spend most of their life at sea and often nest in isolated colonies they are seldom seen by anyone other than birders or scientists.

The group includes:

  • Dovekies
  • Murres
  • Razorbills
  • Guillemots
  • Auklets
  • Murrelets
  • Puffins

Bird Quiz of the Week - June 19

american oystercatcherName the bird. 
Hint - it is a large shorebird named after its favorite food.

Here is the answer.

Photograph © Sam Crowe.

 

A new quiz bird will be posted each week.

 

 

 

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