Fruit-eating, seed-pooping animals can help restore degraded forests

Fruit-eating, seed-pooping animals can help restore degraded forests

In a once-cleared patch of rainforest, four black-tufted marmosets scamper up to a pile of bananas lying in a plastic dish on the ground. Within the banana flesh are the seeds of a local native tree, hidden there by scientists. After briefly investigating, the marmosets (Callithrix penicillata) dig in. When they’ve eaten their fill, they […]

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New Estimate: There are Over 18,000 Bird Species on Earth

Birds (class Aves) are traditionally thought of as a well-studied group, with more than 95% of their global species diversity estimated to have been described. Most checklists used by ornithologists as well as by bird watchers say that there are roughly between 9,000 and 10,000 species of birds. But those numbers are based on what’s […]

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After a cruel attack, an injured toucan will get its beak back, thanks to 3D printing

It was a shocking case of animal cruelty that caused outrage in Costa Rica and beyond last month. The victim? A male toucan, since nicknamed Grecia, whose beak was horribly mutilated by a group of teenagers. Grecia’s story inspired people all across South America to turn their anger into action – and thanks to a […]

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A Mouth Full

Factoid: The Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus), also known as Sulfur-breasted Toucan or Rainbow-billed Toucan, is a colorful Latin American member of the toucan family. It is the national bird of Belize. A very productive morning, very close to Nicaragua . Seems the keel billed mafia, loves to fly in invade the berry laden trees. A […]

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Tucán grande (Toco Toucan)

Esta es la única foto de un Tucán grande que pude obtener en El Soberbio, estaban muy perseguidos por otras aves y no permanecían mucho tiempo posados en el mismo lugar; solo por este y por su primo menor (el Tucán pico verde) valió la pena transpirar la camiseta para caminar casi 4 kilómetros hacia […]

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Tucán pico verde (Red-breasted Toucan)

Transcurrieron bastantes recorridas por distintas localidades del sur de Misiones con el grupo sin poder obtener una fotografía del Tucán pico verde, cuando lo podíamos ver siempre estaba en vuelo y nunca era suficiente el tiempo para apuntar la cámara hacia arriba y cruzar los dedos para que haya un espacio libre entre árboles que […]

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Size matters

A scientists’ work is never done. That’s because there’s always another layer to peel away, another stone to turn, another angle from which to view the situation. Case in point—nearly 200 years ago, Charles Darwin made the connection between the size and shape of a finch’s beak and the availability of the seeds they eat; […]

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