Mar 312015
Poll: Should UK towns and cities be allowed to clip seagulls' wings?

Kebab-stealing seagulls could have their wings clipped after George Osborne set aside £250,000 of budget funding to stop their scavenging raids on British towns and cities. Part of the chancellor’s plan to get Britain “walking tall” involves more research into the aggressive behaviour of urban gulls, which the Treasury said had become widespread. The Liberal […]

Mar 302015
Newly discovered Brazilian bird may number fewer than 10 individuals

In October 2002, a team of ornithologists at Murici in northeastern Brazil observed and recorded the call of a bird. At that time, the team believed they had chanced upon a rare bird previously described by other researchers as the Alagaos foliage-gleaner (Philydor novasei). “But then the bird vocalized!” Dante Renato Corrêa Buzzetti, an independent […]

Mar 292015
Perijá Tapaculo: New Bird Species Discovered in Colombia, Venezuela

An international group of ornithologists led by Dr Jorge Enrique Avendaño of the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá has described a new species of tapaculo from humid montane and elfin forests (1,600–3,225 m elevation) of Colombia and Venezuela. The tapaculos are a group of passeriform birds in the family Rhinocryptidae. Most species are found […]

Mar 272015
VOTE for the Best Photo of the Week 28 Mar 2015

Welcome to the “Best Photo of the Week” competition showcasing and celebrating the biodiversity of Planet Earth. This week’s featured image: Gray-necked Wood-Rail (Aramides cajanea) perched on a branch in Manu National Park, Peru by Glenn Bartley Voting is easy and lots of fun. First click an image and browse through the slideshow. Then select the […]

Mar 272015
Rembrandt's monkey: good news for Africa's newest primate

It all started with Georgette’s pet monkey. Deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rainforest, in the remote village of Opala, a team of researchers noticed a little girl with a strange-looking monkey on a leash in 2007. The girl, Georgette, told the scientists it was called ‘lesula,’ but no one had heard of […]

Mar 262015
Thousands of geese fall from Idaho sky in likely avian cholera outbreak

Avian cholera is suspected in the deaths of at least 2,000 snow geese that fell dead from the sky in Idaho while migrating to nesting grounds on the northern coast of Alaska, wildlife managers said on Monday. Dozens of Idaho department of fish and game workers and volunteers at the weekend retrieved and incinerated carcasses […]

Mar 252015
Blue-Bearded Helmetcrest Rediscovered in Colombia, Photographed for First Time

Long thought to be extinct, the blue-bearded helmetcrest (Oxypogon cyanolaemus) – one of the world’s rarest hummingbirds – has been caught on camera for the first time. Discovered in 1880, the blue-bearded helmetcrest is a medium-sized hummingbird endemic to the mountains of the Santa Marta region of northeast Colombia. The bird is about 12 cm […]

Mar 242015
Flower Hill Farm Butterflies of 2014

Here are some Flower Hill Farm butterflies of 2014 sighted in our gardens. I have listed all of the butterflies in this collage by families on my garden blog to help readers learn more about these species — There were more Monarch Butterflies in 2014 than sighted in 2013 in our Western Massachusetts gardens. […]

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