Extinct Bird Found Before Being Eaten

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A precious thing, possibly the last of its kind, enjoyed for a few minutes by a human being, then destroyed by another. A rare quail from the Philippines was photographed for the first time before being sold as food at a poultry market, experts say. Figures. Found only on the island of Luzon, Worcester's buttonquail was known solely through drawings based on dated museum specimens collected several decades ago.

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International birding tourism after the Covid-19 – what will change?

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I remember a cartoon showing the prehistoric Earth as a vast forest with tiny villages fenced-off due to dangerous animals, and the today’s Earth as a wasteland, with a few tiny forests remaining, fenced-off due to abominable humans. We are stuck. In a world we made.

Birding Shanghai in September 2022

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The bird “spent five months on Mindoro Island in the Philippines during the non-breeding season and migrated through Taiwan, the Chinese east coast, and the Korean peninsula” and on to the Russian Far East (indicating a certain lack of solidarity with Ukraine).

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Birding Without Borders: A Review

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” It needs no spoiler alert to say that Strycker did, indeed, meet his original goal (in the Philippines, with a Flame-crowned Flowerpecker , #5000, accompanied by the inevitable, but actually pretty good, ribaldry). Strycker, an Associate Editor of “ Birding ” magazine and author of a really fine 2014 book, “ The Thing With Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human ,” is obviously a brilliant birder and a fine writer.

2017 63

Bird Butts and Other Matters

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The zoo has already identified several species like the huge monkey-eating Philippine eagle that are at once distinct, endangered, and suffer from lack of attention. At some point perhaps I’ll write up for you how the evolution of humans, specifically the ape-human split, and Galapagos bird evolution are the same thing in this regard. I’ve been down with an odd illness for a few weeks, and then I flew to Mexico and back (boy, are my arms tired!)

2014 77

History repeating itself

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If studying insects would lead you to suppose that God had an “an inordinate fondness for beetles&# , studying the pre-human avifauna of the Pacific would lead you to conclude that God was also quite partial to rails. Sadly, as I’ve explained before , most of these species became extinct as humans arrived on the islands, and with it one of the most astonishing radiations of birds imaginable.

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Birds and People: A Book Review

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It’s very hard to organize the many ways in which human beings relate to avian beings into comprehensible text. and also Modern Iraq, Egypt, Albania, Mexico, Poland and the Philippines. ” He delights in falconry, still actively practiced in the Middle East, describing its history and rites, and noting that “…the relationship is likened to one between mistress and slave, in which the bird, not the human, is dominant.”

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Woodpeckers of the World: A Photographic Guide–A Review

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I particularly liked the section on Anatomy and Morphology, which explains the anatomical adaptations that enable woodpeckers to do the things they do, like drum at rates that would explode human skulls. Picidae, Woodpecker, is one of those charismatic bird families that everybody gets excited about. Unless the woodpecker is drumming a hole into your garage, and then, well, it’s a different kind of excitement.)

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