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finch wench
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avian materials scientist and cosmo-quail enthusiast
avian materials scientist and cosmo-quail enthusiast

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#SignOfTheTimes "Originally, there was speculation that the bird on top could be protecting its mate, but Dianna Flynt from the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey said that couldn't be further from the truth. ..."

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¡Feliz Día de los Muertos! Here is a sugar(bird) skull :) Source: http://www.skullsite.com/

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Happy Hallowe'en! #EverydayIsHalloween

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Ducklings imprinted on a pair of identical objects exhibited preference for identical objects over the non-identical object pair when offered a choice; those first exposed to non-identical objects, preferred non-identical stimuli over the identical pair. Same difference?

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#BlackBirdsMatter #BlackBirdersMatter And to be clear, #BlackLivesMatter  if #AllLivesMatter ! The presented material is both speciesist and racist but not hateful. There is no implication that Prothonotary Warblers, Snowy Owls, LBJs or other non-black birds do not matter, unless appreciation for avian species is somehow a zero-sum game. Bonus points for Prof. J. Drew Lanham, because he used one of my favorite words: crepuscular!

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The violence in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca has also affected the chickens. #birdsandwar #OaxacaGrita This is reminiscent of the avian casualties in Donbass two years ago. And needless to write, the fatality and injury is not just for the birds: http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/20/americas/oaxaca-mexico-clashes/
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Gull Tikka Masala or a case of external, extrinsic carotenoid pigmentation in Laridae!

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You see, I'm missing so much by not being in Taiwan right now! #小鸟 #XiǎoNiǎo

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"We are along the road parallel to 276.4. Our own artillery is dropping a barrage directly on us. For heaven's sake, stop it." Happy Memorial Day!

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Regarding thermoregulatory properties of beaks: size matters; rhamphotheca thickness matters, and I would expect cell size of the closed-cell foam at the interior of the beaks of Toucans and Hornbills to matter as well.

Cell diameters of the trabecular foam in the beak of Wreathed Hornbill, for example, are ~3x that of the Toco Toucan's beak, so I wonder if the radiative properties of Wreathed Hornbill beaks are closer to those of the Southern Yellow-billed Hornbills, featured in the studied. Noteworthy is that the Wreathed Hornbills live in a tropical environment where the need for non-evaporative cooling tactics could be similar to that in the Neotropics where Toco Toucans dwell.

Also, "A fine-gauge NiCr-NiAl thermocouple ... was inserted approximately 10 mm into the cloaca ..." So the authors skip the "foreplay" of considering structural features of the beak foam, and go straight for penetration, 10 mm into the cloaca with a thermocouple!!
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