Viewing: birds

Nature Journal: Malheur Refuge in Oregon [Video]

May, 2020 The COVID-19 crisis has been keeping many of us at home a for the last couple months, social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. If you’re like me, you’ve been spending more time watching birds in the backyard this spring. I’ve really enjoyed getting even more acquainted with my neighborhood bird […] Read more

Start with Birds in Your Backyard [Video]

So you’re interested in birds and birdwatching, but you feel a little overwhelmed by all the different species that are out there. No problem! Just start with a few bird species in your backyard or in your local park. This is a perfect way to get into birding. There are a lot of little brown […] Read more

Crested Caracara: Not Your Everyday Falcon

When you think of a falcon, the image that comes to mind is probably of a compact, sleek-winged, speedy bird of prey that hunts in the sky. That describes the Peregrine Falcon, which is the fastest animal on Earth. There are about 60 falcon species around the world, and most are fast, aerial hunters. But […] Read more

The Biggest Birds in the World – Past and Present

There are about 10,000 species of birds on Earth. Our feathered friends display a dazzling assortment of plumage colors and patterns and come in all shapes and sizes. From tiny hummingbirds to hefty ostriches, body size in birds spans a wide range. This wasn’t always the case. We know that birds are actually a specialized group […] Read more

The Hoatzin: A Weird and Wonderful Bird

The Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin) is a Neotropical bird that lives along slow-moving rivers and lakes in the Amazon Basin. With a distinct appearance, loud calls, a tendency to live in social groups, and a clumsy way of moving through foliage, it’s not surprising that Hoatzins are fairly easy to find in their habitat. (In case […] Read more

Hummingbird Evolution: 50 Million Years and Still Buzzing

Numerous superlatives can be applied to hummingbirds– among their ranks is the smallest bird in the world and the bird that migrates farther than any other (at least when body size is accounted for). The hummingbird family, Trochilidae, is super diverse and has the second highest number of species of any bird family. And of […] Read more