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finch wench
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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?
The ability to identify and retain logical relations between stimuli and apply them to novel stimuli is known as relational concept learning. This has been demonstrated in a few animal species after extensive reinforcement training, and it reveals the brain’s ability to deal with abstract properties. Here we describe relational concept learning in newborn ducklings without reinforced training. Newly hatched domesticated mallards that were briefly...
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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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You see, I'm missing so much by not being in Taiwan right now! #小鸟 #XiǎoNiǎo
The only Siberian crane ever seen in Taiwan set off a frenzy by sightseers, the hiring of a 24-hour guard and environmental efforts to welcome such migratory species.
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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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The Fringilline contingent has dispatched their elector. #birdieSanders This neither proves nor implies that songbird sociality necessitates socialism.
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Welcome, Bowie, the Little Blue Penguin. † R.I.P. David Bowie, the artist.
A baby penguin was ready to hatch and an aardvark was ready to give birth.
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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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Gull Tikka Masala or a case of external, extrinsic carotenoid pigmentation in Laridae!
A seagull got the day-glo treatment after it fell into a vat of spicy chicken at a factory in Wales.
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Gull tastes like chicken...tikka masala.
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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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The GISt of it: Breeding British Columbian Corvids murder Vancouver!
CrowTrax. Crow Attack Tracker. Crows are aggressive during the spring as they protect the fledgling crows. Click on the map where you have had a crow attack and mark the spot for others! This map is an example of a Geographic Information System (GIS). You can learn how to use free open source ...
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I could paint the town structural red over this!  Of course, Aves have their pigmentary reds: carotenoids, psittacofulvins,  turacins, pterins . . . but still, I always wondered about structural red in nature or otherwise!  

I stumbled late on the "news" after a colleague sent this: https://youtu.be/BKorP55Aqvg  Also, no one specified that those lines have to be confined to 3D, right? ;)
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A very modern application of falconry: roofvogels tegen drones!
Attack eagles are training to become part of the Dutch National Police anti-drone arsenal
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  • Cymer, Inc.
    Sr. Scientist, 2012 - present
  • Zoological Society of San Diego
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avian materials scientist and cosmo-quail enthusiast
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I ♥ birds.  

I am a birder (mostly an urban one, these days), an aviculturist, and an avian scientist of some sort, but not quite an ornithologist.

I have spent days and nights reading and writing about quails in the cosmos as if it were my job; I am still in recovery.

Of interest to bird-lovers in San Diego, I manage +Avian San Diegan, a page dedicated to birdwatching, aviculture, ornithology, and avian science news/events in San Diego County.

Your comments will probably not be answered in the order in which they were received.  In most cases, it's not you; it's me. 

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Aerial shaking performance of wet Anna's hummingbirds
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Aerial shaking performance of wet Anna's hummingbirds. Victor Manuel Ortega-Jimenez1,* and; Robert Dudley1,2. 1Department of Integrative

Structure and optical function of amorphous photonic nanostructures from...
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Abstract Non-iridescent structural colours of feathers are a diverse and an important part of the phenotype of many birds. These colours are

Ladies and gentes: Maternally inherited DNA and ancient honeyguide host ...
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