Shut up, Zebra Finch, you’re drunk

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Hmmm … maybe there’s a reason why Zebra Finches seem to flock to Clare M.’s But you’ve never heard a drunk Zebra Finch try to sing. The findings of this research, as summarized by Discover Magazine : Zebra Finches are a good proxy for studying human speech. The scientists report that they found a safe way to get Zebra Finches intoxicated. According to the researchers, no Zebra Finches were harmed in the making of this study.

A good year for Zebra Finch

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This year has been different as we have a new visitor-the Zebra Finch. The last time we saw Zebra Finch visit our garden was a pair in 2004 and then suddenly in April this year they appeared in large numbers all around Broome’s coastline and at the Poo Ponds. Since April we have been enjoying having Zebra Finch in the garden with the Double-barred Finch and I had intended to write about them a few weeks ago.

Zebra, "Bears" (1984)

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A New Way Global Warming Kills Birds

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A new research project using Zebra Finches in semi-wild conditions indicates that for some bird populations a certain aspect of climate change may have a negative effect on the viability of populations by causing increased mortality in a subtle but significant way. The birds used in this study were Zebra Finches reared and housed at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Photograph of Zebra Finch by bird blogger Clare M , and is cribbed from the 10,000 Birds Gallery.

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Every sperm is sacred

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By studying Zebra Finches and domestic chickens, the scientists discovered that multiple sperm appear necessary for a fertilized egg to progress to the embryo stage (a process called “polyspermy”.) Zebra Finches photo by Keith Gerstung through Wikimedia Commons). News Fertilization sperm Zebra Finches… especially if you’re a lady bird in heat. Because unlike those of mammals, avian ova need penetration by multiple sperm in order to successfully develop into baby birds.

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This Week in Bird(ing) News: Orange Is the New Beak, and a Dead Parrot (No Joke!)

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Female Zebra Finches are one-male birds in the wild, but not so in captivity. News Bell Miner Birds Eurasian Blackbird kenya Zebra Finches If you’ve got some downtime between barbecues and fireworks (or, outside of the U.S., obsessing over World Cup matches), here’s some bird news to peruse: Loss of suitable habitat , instead of insecticides, seems to be the culprit in declining numbers of grassland birds. Know what else kills grassland birds?

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A Great Big Messy Pile of Bird … News

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Stressed young Zebra Finches seem to be less picky about the company they keep. News banded stilts Bird Conservation climate change flight Great Bustards Hermit Thrush Pale Male research Zebra Finches Hello folks, and happy weekend! After weeks lost to work, stressing about work, stressing about not having work, and working on trying to get work, it looks like all my efforts have actually worked. So now I get to turn my attention back to birds, and blogging about them!

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Why Do Animals Exist?

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They exist to be pigs and cows and chickens and zebras and elephants. “To eat zebras&# , they replied. This weekend I got into a rather passionate debate with some friends of friends about animal rights. One of them was pretty educated about the evils of factory farming, and said that she didn’t eat much meat because she had to know where it came from.

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A solitary Chestnut-breasted Mannikin

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The main bird species visiting were Rufous-throated Honeyeaters , Zebra Finch , Long-tailed Finch and Double-barred Finch. As I have mentioned in the past we often place branches out for birds.

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Big Cat Week, day 4

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Video “The Chase and Chomp” – A lion pride tracks a zebra herd for hours, until it’s ready to pounce — no zebra can escape an ambush like this. Another fun sneak peek of Nat Geo Wild’s Big Cat Week! Tonight, Lions on the Edge! Premieres Thursday, December 9, at 9PM ET/PT. Ruaha National Park in Tanzania used to be a true paradise for wildlife gathered around the rich Ruaha riverbanks.

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Birding a Kimberley Quarry in 2020

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The main bird species around the quarry were Zebra Finch , Painted Finch , Spinifex Pigeons , Crested Pigeons , Peaceful Doves and Diamond Doves. A bush full of Zebra Finch . Some of you may well remember the quarry that I wrote about in October 2016.

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Branches for birds

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The most common are the Zebra Finch and the Long-tailed Finch and they fly in huge flocks to the water and appear to use the principal that there is safety in numbers! Zebra Finch and Long-tailed Finch. Diamond Dove, Zebra Finch -leaping and Long-tailed Finch. Large flock of Zebra Finch. Peaceful Dove, Long-tailed Finch and Zebra Finch. Pair of Diamond Doves, Peaceful Dove, Zebra Finch and Long-tailed Finch. Zebra Finch and Brown Goshawk bathing.

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Pictorella Mannikins

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They were in loose association with Zebra Finch and were constantly nipping back and forth to the last remaining water to drink and bathe. Pictorella Mannikins and Zebra Finch. Although the size in field guides is listed as ten centimetres for Zebra Finch and eleven to eleven and a half centimetres for Pictorella Mannikins they do look significantly larger in the field. Pictorella Mannikin and two Zebra Finch. Zebra Finch and Pictorella Mannikins.

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Borrow pit birding near Broome

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Rufous-throated Honeyeaters , Brown Honeyeaters , Yellow-tinted Honeyeaters , Peaceful Doves , Rainbow Bee-eaters , Whistling Kites , Black Kites , Zebra Finch , Long-tailed Finch and Double-barred Finch were all making the most of the water at the borrow pits.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes

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Here are some Brown Honeyeaters enjoying the water in 2014 and Zebra Finch in 2012 at this location. Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes – Coracina novaehollandiae are a common bird species around our home in Broome, Western Australia.

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Cute of the Day: baby giraffes

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Busch Gardens’ 65-acre Serengeti Plain is a naturalistic habitat featuring a diverse population of free-roaming African animals including giraffe, zebra, white rhinoceros, eland antelope and several other species of hoof stock and birds. Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay recently welcomed two more baby giraffes, bringing the herd to 17! And they are super cute too! The giraffes joined the rest of the heard on the Serengeti Plain on July 13th.

Birding Singapore

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If on the other hand you take a zebra, shrink it and attach wings, the punishment may be similar, but the result will not be a Zebra Dove. Writing this post, I have been in lockdown in my Shanghai compound for 60 days.

See AFRICAN CATS, Save the Savanna!

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The area is a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks that is frequently used by lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and a host of other animals in the African savanna. Disneynature has made a new film called “African Cats&# , and you can help save their habitat when you see the movie during its opening week (April 22-28,2011)!

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Busch Gardens welcomes a baby giraffe!

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Busch Gardens’ 65-acre Serengeti Plain is a naturalistic habitat featuring a diverse population of free-roaming African animals including giraffe, zebra, white rhinoceros, eland antelope and several other species of hoof stock and birds. Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay welcomed a new baby female reticulated giraffe on Tuesday, December 27, 2011. At 5 foot, 7 inches tall and weighing approximately 127 pounds! That’s a big baby!

“African Cats” Giveaway!

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During the film’s opening week (April 22-28), a portion of the proceeds from that week’s ticket sales will be donated to AWF through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to protect the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks that is frequently used by lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and a host of other animals in the African savanna. Win a copy of African Cats: The Story Behind the Film!

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Birding Mkuze

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I know it is a bit unfair to this Purple-crested Turaco , but I always wanted to use this Raymond Chandler quotation on a bird: “He wore a two-tone leisure jacket which would have been revolting on a zebra.”

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Bush telly in Australia

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It was very popular with the Rufous-throated Honeyeaters , Yellow-tinted Honeyeaters , Banded Honeyeaters , White-winged Trillers , Little Friarbird s and the Zebra Finch. Zebra Finch. For many of you I doubt you have heard of the expression “Bush telly” In Australia the term is generally used to describe what you watch when you have no electricity and you are camping and you have to find something else to watch other than a television.

Cockatoo Creek

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The highlight of the brief stop was seeing not just Zebra Finch dripping down to drink at the dam, but also Star Finch.

Cute of the Day: All Legs Baby!

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Busch Gardens’ 65-acre Serengeti Plain is a naturalistic habitat featuring a diverse population of free-roaming African animals including giraffe, zebra, white rhinoceros, eland antelope and several other species of hoof stock and birds. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomed a new baby reticulated giraffe just days ago. Weighing approximately 147 pounds at birth, the newborn is the calf of mother, Teesa, and father, Sterling. The addition brings Busch Gardens’ giraffe population to 15.

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Cleaverville Beach

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We were soon aware of s small group of Zebra Finch in the tree and although we have seen them drink from the sea in the past we thought some fresh water would be much appreciated! After encountering literally thousands of Budgerigars flocking to water only a few days before the least we could do was give the Zebra Finch some fresh water. Within minutes the Zebra Finch were at the water and they were soon drinking and bathing in it! Zebra Finch drinking and bathing.

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Birding St Lucia, South Africa

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Though I actually quite like zebras. St Lucia is a small town on the Southeastern coast of South Africa. It seems to consist mainly of hotels and restaurants, as the local economy depends on visitors to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Birding Laifengshan, Tengchong, Yunnan, China

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I know it is a bit unfair to the species, but it makes me recall the description of one man`s appearance in one of my favorite Raymond Chandler novels (“above the sky-blue gabardine slacks he wore a two-tone leisure jacket which would have been revolting on a zebra”).

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Red-collared Lorikeet rescue

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Not only were the doves flying in, but also Zebra Finch , Long-tailed Finch and Double-barred Finch. We have had some very hot and dry days this past week with temperatures around 40c most days and also humidity as low as 6%.

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Foggy Winter’s morning birding in Broome

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I have observed Zebra Finch on the Sandpiper Avenue sign and then the Crested Pigeon below was on the Honeyeater Loop sign. Last week I mentioned the sudden requirement to wear an extra layer and socks in Broome first thing in the morning.

Birdlife at the Fortescue River

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Last week I told you about our lucky find at the Fortescue River between Nullagine and Newman in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. It was our first encounter of Yellow-billed Spoonbills breeding and they had found the perfect environment.

Ellendale dam “bonus” birding

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Rufous-throated Honeyeaters and Zebra Finch were soon onto the twigs and drinking greedily from the dam. Rufous-throated Honeyeaters and Zebra Finch move in. Little Friarbird , Banded Honeyeaters , Zebra Finch and Rufous-throated Honeyeaters. Banded Honeyeaters , Rufous-throated Honeyeaters and Zebra Finch.

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Munia in Singapore

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We also have the occasional visit from Long-tailed Finch and Zebra Finch and these two species are easily found around the Broome area. During our three weeks of birding in a variety of habitats around Singapore we encountered three species of Munia. We are very familiar with the finches and mannikins in Australia with Double-barred Finches visiting our garden every day.

Joy for Orphan Elephants

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She’s reared abandoned baby buffalo, dik-diks, impalas, zebras, warthogs, and black rhinos, among others, but no creature has beguiled her more than elephants. Dedicated keepers at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Nairobi Elephant Nursery in Kenya protect baby Shukuru from the cold and rain, and the risk of pneumonia, with a custom-made raincoat.

Birding Botswana

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The remnants of Africa’s largest lake, these pans now witness the largest wildebeest and zebra migration in southern Africa, rivaled only by the great migration of East Africa. Unforgettable meerkats of the Makgadikgadi White-quilled or Northern Black Korhaan Lions can be found in the Makgadikgadi grasslands hunting zebra and wildebeest The stately Secretarybird Stay tuned for after we get back for detailed posts on this magnificent birding country.

A Pilbara pool

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There were Zebra Finch amongst them too. . If you happen to be driving the highway from the North-west coastal highway towards Marble Bar there are a few obvious places to pull over to bird.

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Bird-watching at Langi Crossing

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Our closest river to Broome is the Fitzroy River and we can only access it for part of the year. It is approximately 140 kilometres from Broome with the last section being a gravel road. Once we have our wet season rains the gravel road becomes inaccessible and the river floods.

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New places to be alone

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I was taking photos of that bright orange dragonfly, when the Zebra Butterfly photobombed me.). As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, birding in Michoacán has required that I find most of my own hotspots.

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If Birds Were Beers

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Here are what might look like Zebra Finches , but are really flights of beer lined up in a busy Biercafe. Normally I’m not much of a beer drinker, although I can become one after I’ve spent three hours hiking seven and a half miles up and down a mountain. My friend Ardal, a beer connoisseur, took advantage of this last weekend, which was how I ended up sitting in The Dutchess Biercafe two hours before the Super Bowl. “It’s It’s called a beer flight ?” I said, in astonishment. “In

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Birding at a Quarry in the Kimberley

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It was then followed by several Zebra Finch desperate for a drink. Zebra Finch. Quarry birding is rewarding anywhere in the world, but in the Kimberley it can often be the last place that birds can find water after months with no rain. Often the quarries are very picturesque too as you can see above and below! This particular quarry north of Fitzroy Crossing was almost dry when we last visited, but not dry enough that there were no birds at all. Quarry landscape.

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Further up the Fitzroy River

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Following on from Grant’s birthday camping trip to the Fitzroy River at Langi Crossing it was my turn to choose a place to go for my birthday. Our birthdays are two weeks apart and I decided we should go and check out the Fitzroy River at another location.

Is my Rhino Still Alive?

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A pair of screeching Blacksmith Lapwings was flying around as six Burchell’s Zebras were quenching their thirst, suspiciously observing surroundings every now and then. We haven’t seen the reason yet, but suddenly you could have palpated a tension in the air that made the zebras step away and even one female Ostrich stand up… Then the Lord of the waterhole came, a young – although nine years old White Rhinoceros.

Birding the Changi Business Park-Singapore

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These included Zebra Doves , Spotted Doves, Grey Herons, Cattle Egrets, Chinese Pond Herons, Common Iora, White-fronted Kingfishers, Collared Kingfishers, Oriental White-eyes, Long-tailed Shrike, Brown Shrike, Asian Koel, Asian Glossy Starlings, Yellow-vented Bulbuls, Sunda Pygmy Woodpeckers , White-bellied Sea Eagle, Javan Myna, Common Myna, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Olive-backed Sunbird, Oriental Magpie-Robin and Paddyfield Pipits.

Boab Quarry

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Before our day at Geikie Gorge and Fitzroy Crossing low level bridge we were at Boab Quarry. This huge quarry is as a result of rock being removed from the area to build the RAAF Base at Curtin near Derby in the 1980’s.