Category Archives: BIRDS

This Bird Has one Serious Set of Wind Pipes

The male white bellbird can hit an incredibly painful 125 decibels—the world’s loudest bird call.

  • The world’s loudest bird has been confirmed to be the male white bellbird—not the screaming piha as previously thought.
  • Although the male white bellbird usually sings at around 116 decibels (dB), when one is wooing a potential mate, they can get as loud as 125 dB—even when the female is in close proximity to it.

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Woman Pecked to Death by Her own Rooster. Murder most fowl.

An Australia  woman who was attacked by a rooster died after the bird’s pecking caused her leg to hemorrhage profusely, according to a new report of the case.

Fowl Murder in Heinous Henhouse-Rooster Apprehended & charged.Guilty & Will fry in the electric chair judge says.

The 76-year-old woman was collecting chicken eggs on her rural property when an aggressive roster began pecking at her lower-left leg, according to the report, published Aug. 20 in the journal Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology. The pecking lead to a “significant hemorrhage,” which caused the woman to collapse, the report said.

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A Human-Sized Penguin Once Waddled Through New Zealand

The leg bones of Crossvallia waiparensis suggest it was more than five feet tall and weighed up to 176 pounds

Last week, the world was introduced to “Squawkzilla,” a hulking ancient parrot that made its home in New Zealand some 19 million years ago. Now, the country’s roster of extinct bulky birds—which includes the massive moa and the huge Haast’s eagle—has grown even larger, with the discovery of a Paleocene-era penguin that stood as tall as a human.

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Flock of over 50 native Australian birds die after falling from sky bleeding from eyes

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Dozens of native corella birds have died overnight after they fell from the sky in an Adelaide outer suburb. Australia

Bleeding from their eyes and beaks, more than 50 gravely ill birds began falling from the sky at a soccer oval in One Tree Hill, a suburb on the outskirts of Adelaide, about 2.30pm yesterday.

Volunteer Sarah King said 58 birds were found dead at an Adelaide oval.

Volunteers from Casper’s Bird Rescue, founded by Sarah King, desperately tried to help the long-billed corellas, running to the oval and calling out for extra help on Facebook.

Ms King originally received a tip the birds had been shot, but vets working on the birds suspect they may have been poisoned.

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AUSTRALIAN Python devours live pet Christmas feast at expense of pet owner

FOR many residents, a family feast is a Christmas tradition that leaves everyone feeling the effects for days after.

However, residents weren’t the only ones nursing their full bellies this Christmas, as the Darling Downs Snake Catchers removed a 3-metre-long python who had enjoyed its very own festive feast from a Mount Lofty Toowoomba Qld home.

Snake catcher Gunter Glaser said the owner had been out to check on her pet chickens when she made the discovery.

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Parrot Genes Reveal Why the Birds Are So Clever & Long-Lived

Researchers say these avian creatures are as genetically distant from other birds as humans are from other primates

In general, a bird’s lifespan tends to correlate with its size. The chirpy canary, for example, typically weighs less than one ounce and lives to around 10 years old, while the 6.5- to 14-pound bald eagle lives up to 28 years in the wild. But parrots, a remarkably versatile order of more than 350 bird species, defy this rule of thumb, living up to roughly 80 years despite their relatively small stature—the birds weigh between 2.25 ounces to 3.5 pounds on average.

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The Pisonia Tree Lures and Murders Birds for No Apparent Good Reason

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Someone should tell that to the Pisonia tree, a ruthless plant that kills birds just for the heck of it. You may be asking, “Why?” Well, the tree should respond, “Why not?”

Oh Murder Tree, Oh Murder Tree!

If you didn’t think a plant — a tree, no less — could be a jerk, think again. Found in the tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans, the Pisonia tree fits the bill as one of the most unnecessarily cruel plants in the planet. While it’s not uncommon for plants to have built-in defense mechanisms, those things are usually there to keep the plant safe from preditors. But scientists have yet to uncover any benefit the Pisonia tree could possibly receive for luring birds in only just to murder them.

Here’s what happens at the crime scene: the Pisonia tree produces sticky seedpods that trap insects, luring in hungry birds with the promise of an easy lunch. These seedpods are so sticky that they’ll latch onto any bird that flies into them, either trapping it in the tree’s branches or weighing the bird down stosuch a extent that it’s completely unable to fly. As a result, you’ll see a blanket of bird carcasses littering the roots of the Pisonia tree. There are sometimes even mummified bird corpses up in the branches that look like, as Washington Post describes them, “macabre Christmas tree ornaments.”

Ecologist Alan Burger at the University of Victoria first heard of the Pisonia in the 1990s and went to the archipelago of Seychelles in the Indian Ocean to work out why these slaughterous trees seemed to kill just for the hell of it. Until then, no one had looked too hard into the Pisonia tree, but there were two main theories as to why they were bird-tormentors: either the tree’s roots got a nutrient bump from the dead birds, or the seeds attached to the dead birds because they required the corpse as fertilizer in order to grow. After 10 months of research with the Pisonia seeds, Burger published his findings in 2005.

The conclusion? Pisonia trees are just out & out ruthless. “The results from my experiments showed quite convincingly that the Pisonia derived no obvious benefit from fatally entangling birds,” writes Burger. But not only did dead birds not benefit the tree in any way, but the droppings of living birds would also help the trees survive by enriching the soil. It turns out, then, that killing birds isn’t necessarily the goal. Birds flying away from the tree with sticky seeds attached helps keep the tree species alive by spreading the seeds far and wide. It’s just one of those evolutionary whoopsies that the seeds sprout in clusters — heavy, self-sabotaging, bird-murdering clusters.

Curious for more of nature’s killers? Check out “Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities.” The audiobook is free with a trial of Audible.

Henry Sapiecha



Comet Moths

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How beautiful are these moths?! They are also known as Madagascan moon moths, and are some of the biggest silk moths in the entire world. How big do they get? Some wing spans can reach eight inches across. That’s a big moth! Sadly, once they reach adulthood, the moths only live for 4 to 5 days, which makes sightings a rare and special occurrence.

Flat-Tailed Geckos

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Can you even believe that thing is real? It’s hard to even see this gecko, which we guess is the whole point of its design, to stay incognito and safe from predators. There are more than 10 species of flat-tailed geckos, and all of them indigenous to Madagascar and its surrounding islands.



We think it should be spelled eye-eyes because, well… look at those eyes. You can’t NOT stare at them. These guys are nocturnal primates and have opposable big toes which, along with their incredibly long tails, allows them to easily swing through the trees. But what’s even cooler is how they eat. They use their long middle fingers to tap on trees and listen for wood-boring insect larvae. They then use that same long finger to scrape that larvae out.

Aquatic Tenrecs

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Sweet jumping jelly beans these things are ridiculously adorable. They must not think so though because they like to stay under the radar. In fact, they are among the most elusive species in the entire world. The biggest of these creatures is only a little over 6 inches in length, which doesn’t make them easy to spot. Their little webbed feet make them great swimmers and they look for bugs and tadpoles in the shallow waters.

Panther Chameleons

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Okay, this is quite possibly the most beautifully cool and awesome creature we’ve ever seen, but don’t tell our cat that. These chameleons, like other chameleons, change their color depending on their mood. They are usually very brightly colored, especially the males when courting, who want to impress the ladies with their dazzling color display. But wait, these animals get even cooler, they can rotate and focus their eyes independent of one another so they can look at two objects at the exact same time. Easier to spot and strike at their prey.

Madagascar Pochards [Worlds rarest ducks]

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Well right off the bat they have a super cool and exotic name. Pochards happen to be the world’s rarest ducks. What makes them completely amazing is that, up until 2006, these ducks were thought to be extinct, but then a small population of them showed up on a lake in Madagascar. Then, thanks to an extensive breeding program, these numbers have climbed and more ducks have been released into the wild. Let’s hope they can survive and thrive.


Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) Kirindy Forest, West Madagascar

Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) Kirindy Forest, West Madagascar

Another cool name, another cool animal. Look how cute this thing is, but what is it exactly? Kind of looks like a dog and a cat combined. Fosass are actually one of the few predators that live in Madagascar. Until very recently people always did assume they were from the feline family, but they are actually members of the mongoose family. They are nocturnal hunters and the majority of their diet consists of those adorable lemurs. But, when push comes to shove, they will also eat birds and reptiles.

Malagasy Leaf-Nosed Snakes


How handy would it be to have one of these snakes around? You could open cans, take out staples, and pick your teeth with its pointy nose. These are one of the most unique snakes that live in Madagascar. When they lie very still ready to pounce on their prey, their long noses blend in with tree leaves and they remain hidden quite well.





This Is What A Giant Python Eating A Kingfisher Looks Like

They say you’re supposed to chew your food before you swallow: an age old piece of advice that this ravenous python appears to have ignored.

These incredible pictures show the moment a large python spent half-an-hour trying to wolf down a kingfisher in one gulp.

If you’ve never seen a python devour its prey before, it’s quite a sight to behold – especially after digestion.

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The ravenous snake caught the bird in Kruger National Park, South Africa, when it was hunting for dinner up in the trees.

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Attempting to figure out the best way to devour the brightly coloured bird, the reptile constricted the poor bird before positioning its body to ensure the best angle for entry.

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Contrary to popular belief that their jaws can dislocate, Pythons instead have extremely elastic jaws which allow them to spread their mouth wide when consuming large prey.

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Observing proper table manners, pythons take their time when swallowing food, savouring ever last morsel and slathering it with saliva sauce.

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With the bulk of the kingfisher’s body swallowed, the snake compresses its own vertebral column into a series of concertina-like waves to force the bird in its mouth, all in one go.


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It may have eyes bigger than its belly, but once the python figured out how to get the bird down its throat, the entire meal was over in seconds.

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The pictures were captured by UK photographer David Bough, who spotted the python snake in the tree while on a safari at Lake Panic in the Kruger National Park.

He said: “Lake Panic always seems to deliver fantastic viewing opportunities.

“We had been told that there was a python somewhere near the hide and had been there for an hour or so and not seen it, but then we managed to catch a glimpse.

“We watched for about an hour and a half as the young Python worked out the best way to eat such a large snack, folding the head and beak back over the body to enable it to devour the bird.”



Henry Sapiecha

Why Do Hundreds of Macaws Gather at These Clay Banks in Peru?

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Brightly colored parrots of the western Amazon basin display a behavior not seen anywhere else

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Along exposed river banks in the western Amazon basin, within the borders of Peru, macaws and other parrots in rainbow hues flock by the hundreds. They come to gather clay that they’ll later eat in nearby trees. It’s a dazzling sight for human onlookers, but it’s been a bit of a mystery for science. Why would various types of macaws and other parrots want to gorge on clay when normally they eat plant matter?

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At first, studies hinted that the clay might help remove toxins, such as naturally occurring tannins, that the birds ingest from plants. When animals in general consume clay, it can help neutralize such toxins through the process of absorption, in which the clay binds to the tannins before the gastrointestinal tract can absorb them. The toxins then get excreted alongside the clay. (Some humans also eat or drink clay to combat stomach problems and other issues, and many pharmacies around the world sell activated charcoal, another adsorbant that can bind with toxins or drugs to prevent them from being gastrointestinally absorbed.)

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But more recently, as Wired reports, studies show that the birds in Peru may be “using the reddish-brown muck to help augment a sodium-poor diet.” Donald Brightsmith, who directs the Tambopata Macaw Project in the lowlands of southeastern Peru, points out that parrots in other regions around the globe consume foods that contain toxins, including those with tannins, and yet it’s only those in the western Amazon basin who visit these clay banks, also called salt licks or clay licks. Brightsmith argues that there’s a connection between this clay-eating and the fact that the western Amazon basin is lacking in salt.

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As a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences explains, sodium supply varies by region. The farther an area is from the ocean, the more its rain may lack salt. Plus, in inland areas with high rainfall, sodium may leach out of the soil. So Brightsmith and his research team, Wired explains, are testing the importance of salt intake in the overall health of macaws.

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Brightsmith’s team has studied the local population of large macaws during an unstable time for the birds. As the Tambopata Macaw Project explains on its site, large macaws drastically decreased their use of the clay licks in 2009, possibly due to changes in vegetation and soil conditions. In early 2010, the team joined forces with the Peruvian government in an attempt to manage the clay banks and help restore the birds’ usage. The birds face other ecological concerns, too, including “imminent threat from the paving of a highway through one of the planet’s most biodiverse regions.”

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Several areas in Peru provide tourists an especially good view of the birds and their clay banks, including Tambopata National Reserve in southeastern Peru, along the same Tambopata river where Brightsmith does his work. Tambopata, according to the Macaw Project, has the “the highest concentration of avian clay licks in the world.”

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Another good place to spy the birds feasting on clay licks is at Manú National Park and Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage site that Unesco calls the most biologically diverse place on Earth. Manú boasts “more than 800 bird species and 200 species of mammals” that scientists have identified, including six species of macaw.

Still, as majestic as Manú is, Tambopata may be more tourist-friendly. As the Macaw Project writes, there are several options for visitors to the Tambopata area, including the Tambopata Research Center lodge, which is just 500 yards from the largest-known macaw clay lick in the Amazon.

Even better, guests at the lodge can often accompany researchers as they work with macaw chicks—little ones who’ll soon sprout rainbow feathers of their own.


Henry Sapiecha