Lovebirds in the Limelight

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In case you missed it, today’s Google Doodle managed to reference not only the current Winter Olympics in South Korea, but also the fact that it’s Valentine’s Day. The Doodle features two animated Grebes , amid a snowy landscape and Asian architecture, engaging in a beautiful, serene mating dance that Google’s explanation likens to the elegance of figure skaters. The pas de deux concludes with what can only be described as a sweet bird hug.

Valentine’s Day Posts for Lovebirds

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Happy Valentine’s Day, bird lovers and lovebirds alike! If you need something to get you in the mood (romantic or otherwise) today, allow us to suggest the sensual stylings from last year’s critically acclaimed Bird Love Week. These posts really put the birds in “the birds and the bees” if you know what I’m saying… Inspiration Bird Love Week holiday

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of February 2021)

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Valentine’s Day on a Sunday delivers the perfect weekend for everyone who identifies as both a bird lover and a lovebird. Hope you made the most of it!

Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of February 2018?

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For lovebirds and bird lovers alike, this weekend offers as good an opportunity as ever to rededicate your passion and commitment while recalling what ignited your passion in the first place. As we approach mid-February, love–or at least endless commercials about it–is in the air. Enjoy!

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Birding crème de la crème: Africa – Ngorongoro Crater to Queen Elizabeth II National Park

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Over 550 species of birds have been recorded in the park (588 eBirded), including nearly a 100 range-restricted birds, 11 of them endemic or near-endemic: endemic Grey-breasted Spurfowl , near endemic Hildebrandt’s Starling , Fischer’s Lovebird , etc.

What I Did for Love

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But then again, we’re not quite lovebirds. If a bird were to sing “What I Did for Love,” from A Chorus Line , it wouldn’t warble about devoting itself to theater and dance. Although both of those talents come into play in avian mating. Which leads us to what some birds would do for love. Great T**s would likely boast about their loyalty. A new study out of Oxford University found that these birds will stick close with their mates, even if that means going hungry.

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8 Reasons Why Bringing Your Dog To Work Is A Good Idea

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If dogs are a no-no for some reason then static pets such as an aquarium or a cage of budgies or a canary or bright lovebird, will bring joy to people who can visit them in a gathering area. Office Life – 8 Reasons Why Bringing Your Dog To Work Is A Good Idea. Today’s guest post is from Lloyd Burrell. Lloyd is an animal lover and enjoys blogging on the office theme.

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Arizona in Summer: It Ain’t All Hummers

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One thing that had changed since my 2003 trip was that Rosy-faced Lovebird was on the ABA Checklist (and that I knew what that was). So, I flew into Phoenix, Lovebird Central, and three hours after I got off the plane had a lovebird in my binoculars, at Encanto Park. It’s a well-known fact that southeast Arizona in summer is awesome. At least for birders. My first birding trip ever was to Arizona.

Color Me Roseate

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This color also describes minivets, starlings, and thrush-tanagers, as well as the bill of a particular pochard, the face of a sweet little lovebird, and the patch and throat of a bush-shrike and longclaw respectively. Ah rose, the color of swanky gardens and rampant optimism. Rose by any other name also appears prominently in the plumage of some very perky birds. Rosy , a proper adjectival form of the word, describes a selection of finches from the genus Leucosticte.

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Prolonging Revenge Through Reincarnation: The Paintings of the Mincing Mockingbird, Volume III

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Some of the titles, however, nearly amount to microfiction in their own right; a phrase like “It Took Me Until Halfway Through To Realize My Life Story Has An Unreliable Narrator” forces the reader to re-evaluate a head-and-shoulders image of a Rosy-faced Lovebird against a pearly gray background by confronting the total unknowability of the bird’s mind — and the persistent human desire to know that mind anyway.

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Tanzania – Africa at its best

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The Serengeti is also home to some serious specialties sought after by the most hardcore of birders, including the localized Gray-breasted Spurfowl , the bizarre Rufous-tailed Weaver (the latter two endemic to the Serengeti ecosystem), Fischer’s Lovebird , Usambiro Barbet and the recently rediscovered Karamoja Apalis. Tanzania is without a doubt the quintessential African safari nation.

Introducing the African Birding Beat

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I look forward to sharing in more detail Africa’s secrets, her top destinations, and birds and wildlife with you, watch this space for the next installment…… Fischer’s Lovebirds in the Serengeti, Tanzania All images © Adam Riley Adam Riley has grown up with a lifelong interest in wildlife, which evolved into a particular fascination with birds. Friends, birders, and globe-trotters, lend me your ears.

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Ethiopia’s Endemics

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Black-winged Lovebird Another endemic now shared with Eritrea, this cute little parrot is not uncommon in forest edges and woodlands, even occurring in towns and cities. Ethiopia , a landlocked country situated in the Horn of Africa, has firmly established itself as one of Africa’s top birding destinations. Only twenty years ago it was an out-of-bounds, desperately impoverished and war-torn ex-Marxist state. Tourism infrastructure didn’t exist then and development has been slow.

Weavers

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The undersides of these nests are dotted with entrance holes leading to breeding chambers used not only by their engineers the Sociable Weavers, but also Rosy-faced Lovebirds, Acacia Pied Barbets, Red-headed Finches and Pygmy Falcons, even concurrently! Weavers are truly magical birds, combining bright plumages with ingenious weaving talents and cheerful, noisy social lives.

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Collaborative list – December 2019

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Red-headed Lovebird – Agapornis pullarius. They came home exhausted.

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Collaborative List – November 2019

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Red-headed Lovebird – Agapornis pullarius. Despite last month being a record month by every measure we could think of, the cumulative total for the year had barely scraped past 2,400. I approached The Management to seek their opinion. Something needed to be done.

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Ghana – Rainforest Birding on the Brink by Adam Riley

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Nineteen days later we had racked up an amazing list of 436 species, including some of Africa’s least known birds such as Congo Serpent Eagle , Yellow-footed Honeyguide , Tessmann’s Flycatcher , Yellow-bearded Greenbul , Black-collared Lovebird and much besides. My connection with Ghana began rather unexpectedly (and as it turned out, rather humorously) more than ten years ago. I was in contact with a group of birders for whom I arranged and guided an annual tour to Africa.

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Combined Beats’ List – September

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Duncan has been in Africa, sweeping all before him like a brush fire. Through Botswana during the first week of September, then into Ethiopia with a late flourish, he has carried the list to 2191 as at September 30t h. Redgannet missed an opportunity to contribute when he was completely washed out at Lekki Conservation Centre in Nigeria. Electric storms closed the new walkway there and he amassed a total list of just 3 birds!

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Collaborative List – August 2017

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9 beats, birded 9 countries this month; Belize , Guatamala , Costa Rica, UK, Iran, USA, Greece, Australia and Mexico. They submitted 144 checklists, noting 628 species adding 72 to the year’s running total bringing it to 1890. The western hemisphere’s pasting last year has been reversed as it currently out-scores the eastern hemisphere by 1210 to 746. This month dealt a humiliating blow to us easterners as we went down 537 to 105. Come on the Orientals, we are still in this!

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