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Or similar in looks to a vulture.

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Interesting Parrot. Almost looks like a Buzzard.

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Pesquet's Parrot aka Dracula Parrot

The Pesquet's Parrot of New Guinea is one of three parrots with bare (featherless) faces. It is thought it has evolved this way to avoid feathers becoming matted with the fruit pulp the parrot feeds on.



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Black-naped Oriole

Found in many parts of Asia

See: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-
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That was pretty entertaining lol.

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Beautiful bird indeed who does make some strange sounds, almost like mimicry - fascinating!

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The new bird for our profile pic is called a Tui. It is from New Zealand. What a beauty.
The Tui is a large honey eater. At first glance the bird appears completely black except for a small tuft of white feathers at its neck and a small white wing patch. On closer inspection (see image) it can be seen that tui have brown feathers on the back and flanks, a multicoloured iridescent sheen that varies with the angle from which the light strikes them, and a dusting of small, white-shafted feathers on the back and sides of the neck that produce a lacy collar.
The bird has a interesting sound.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2S0MJNCTiM

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Tufted Coquette Hummingbird



Tufted Coquette lives in the north eastern South America, in eastern Venezuela, Trinidad, the Guianas and northern Brazil, at the edges of humid foresst, in thickets, gardens and plantations. It's a very small hummingbird, about 6.6 cm in length weight 2.3 g.

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A lyrebird is one of two species of ground-dwelling Australian birds They are one of the world's largest songbirds, and are noted for their elaborate tail and excellent mimicry.

For just a small sample of the many sounds he mimics, see:

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPKA
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2Uc
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For lyrebird facts, go to (BTW they live for 30 years):
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Beautiful!!!

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I have always wanted to find one of these in the wild..it's one of the native birds of AR that I have not been lucky enough to see..the painted bunting...their cousins the indigo bunting is very common..but one thing they both have in common is that the beautiful feathers they have are only worn during their mating season..then after that you wouldn't even recognize them as a painted bunting or an indigo....which I love to see each and every yr..good birding emoticon

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Interesting looking.

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New bird to me - thanks!

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Fieldfare


The fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) is a member of the thrush family Turdidae. It breeds in woodland and scrub in northern Europe and Asia. It is strongly migratory, with many northern birds moving south during the winter. It is a very rare breeder in the British Isles, but winters in large numbers in the United Kingdom, Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. It is omnivorous, eating a wide range of molluscs, insects and earthworms in the summer, and berries, grain and seeds in the winter.

Fieldfares often nest in small colonies, possibly for protection from predators. The nest is built in a tree where five or six eggs are laid. The chicks are fed by both parents and leave the nest after a fortnight. There may be two broods in southern parts of the range but only one further north. Migrating birds and wintering birds often form large flocks, often in the company of Redwings.

The fieldfare is 25 cm (10 in) long, with a grey crown, neck and rump, a plain brown back, dark wings and tail and white underwings. The breast and flanks are heavily spotted. The breast has a reddish wash and the rest of the underparts are white. The sexes are similar in appearance but the females are slightly more brown. The male has a simple chattering song and the birds have various guttural flight and alarm calls.

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Stunning!!!

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The greater bird-of-paradise has uniquely colored plumage. The males have a maroon body, an iridescent green face, and a light yellow with a silver iridescent crown. Their long tail feathers are yellow at the base, white at the tip, and streaked with maroon color. In both males and females, the eyes are yellow and beaks are blue. Males grow to 17 inches long. This bird species lives in the lowland and hill forests of Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Aru Islands.

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In honor of Chelsea's walk, our team picture has been changed to a Monk Parakeet. They are so cute. About the size of my Green Cheek Conure. Look at all of the colors!


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What a nice find!

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I found this beautiful wood stork with an egret and grackles this morning during my walk. (Clearwater, Florida):



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love that bird..south America emoticon has so many awesome birds..

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Wow look at that. It's beautiful! Thank you Val.

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Royal Flycatcher (South & Central America)

Royal flycatchers are mostly brown with a rufous tails and long bills, along with, of course, the fantastic crest. The crests are red to orange (being paler in females), with black and blue spotting. The Amazonian and Northern birds are around 7 inches (18 cm) long.

Royal Flycatchers build very large nests (sometimes up to 6 feet long) on branches near water. The nest hangs over the water which makes it hard for predators to reach.

Of the four species, two are considered vulnerable and potentially at risk of extinction due to habitat destruction from dry woodlands leading to forest fires, and human impact.

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It's so Beautiful! Thank you Jeanne. emoticon

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Kea...Image taken by Piotr Zurek..See his link at the bottom.




The kea (/ˈkiː.ə/; Māori: [kɛ.a]; Nestor notabilis) is a large species of parrot of the family Strigopidae found in forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand. About 48 cm (19 in) long, it is mostly olive-green with a brilliant orange under its wings and has a large, narrow, curved, grey-brown upper beak. The kea is the world's only alpine parrot. Its omnivorous diet includes carrion,[2] but consists mainly of roots, leaves, berries, nectar, and insects.
The kea nests in burrows or crevices among the roots of trees. Kea are known for their intelligence and curiosity, both vital to their survival in a harsh mountain environment. Kea can solve logical puzzles, such as pushing and pulling things in a certain order to get to food, and will work together to achieve a certain objective.[5] They have been filmed preparing and using tools
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Beautiful!
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Steller's Jay



Largely a resident from coastal southern Alaska east through British Columbia and southward from the Pacific Coast to the Rocky Mountains, south through Mexico and into Central America. Wanders further east during winters, as far as western Kansas. Preferred habitats include coniferous or deciduous forests.

See www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/S
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I love roadrunners
We have a pair here in my neighborhood. They are fast runners.
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These pics of a roadrunner were taken in the early evening by another SparkFriend CTYONIT (Charlene) who lives in Kern County California (Southern California).





She takes regular walks by a nearby river that until just recently has been bone dry for 4 years. However thankfully it's started to rain in her area and the river has come back and with that the wildlife including as she says "lots and lots of cool birds" which she promises to share pics of as she takes them.

Living in Canada we don't have any roadrunners so I'd pretty much only seen them in cartoons being chased by Wile E. Coyote and I certainly didn't know they were in the southern US. (If you've never seen the cartoons that were quite popular, here's the best of them in a short video from youtube found at
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I agree they are beautiful!
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They are so pretty. We do have them in Calif, but north of where I live. emoticon

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Bohemian Waxwings in winter

See: www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/B
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Seven colored tanager - Brazil (rare)

See neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal
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It's always wonderful to hear this news about our nature. Thank you Jeanne.

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Wonderful to hear that a species has come back from near extinction!!!

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Hawaiian Crows
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The Gouldian Finch is found in Australia and is also referred to as the Rainbow Finch due to it's colorful plumage. it is another bird that has been classed as endangered.

See www.arkive.org/gouldian-finch/erythr
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Thank you. They're pretty birds. Our California Scrub Jay is completely different. Jay in our yard.


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The Grey Jay (also known as the whiskey jack)

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society announced Wednesday (Nov. 17/16) that the grey jay has been named Canada''s national bird. A surprise for many since the loon actually led the Canadian Geographic's national poll of 50,000 respondents with nearly 14,000 votes. The snowy owl came in second and the grey jay third, but a spokesperson said staff vetoed the loon and snowy owl because they are already provincial symbols in Ontario and Quebec respectively.

Royal Ontario Museum ornithologist Mark Peck said that the gray jay is a tough and gregarious cousin of the crow and raven who is found in every province and territory and lives in Canada year-round, unlike Canadian geese and other species that migrate south in the winter. He went on to explain how the grey jay fits into the Canadian psyche.

"They're friendly. They're fun. They're interesting," he said. "They're scavengers. They know how to make things work in Canada." They thrive in winter, nesting in the harshest, darkest months of the year and have been recorded incubating eggs in snowstorms at temperatures as cold as -30 C. "Grey jays are survivors and they've done it beautifully in Canada for thousands of years."

Sadly, those of us in Toronto, won't be seeing our new national bird anytime soon unless we travel northward as grey jays live in the boreal forests and subalpine regions and don't adapt well in places as far south as Toronto.
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He said that the easiest way to see a grey jay is to take a camping trip up to Algonquin Park for the weekend and to be sure to take a little bit of bread or some peanuts with you. Apparently you just have to put your hand out, and there will probably be a grey jay in your hand in about five minutes.

See a couple of short videos of hand feeding grey jays at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te_0l
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Note: The Canadian federal government has not committed to appointing the grey jay as Canada's national bird -- or any bird for that matter -- but the Canadian Geographical Society said the country's upcoming 150th anniversary would be a great time to make the idea fly.

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They are beautiful birds. The other bird is a Blue Heron. We have both of those birds that hang around a small lake in Palmdale. Always exciting to see them both. emoticon
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I just saw the white Egret land where some ducks have been landing near my home. I went closer and WOW I got to see these two fly away right in front of me. I took this picture from our Texas white and grey heron/egrets page.
I've been seeing the white Egret this Spring with others. I loved seeing the gray one.

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Rainbow lorikeet (wild parrot in Australia)



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That's exciting. We don't have them wild here, but they do in the San Fernando Valley. About 1 hour south of here. Poor Crow lol.

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Hi Jeanne & Val,
All of these are beautiful
Here are 4 green parrots in Sarasota, Fl. with a black crow. He was giving them a hard time. They chased him away. Ha! My husband took these last Saturday @ Turtle beach.



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Birds of Paradise.


en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird-of-paradi
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I found the bird online. It is from South America. I just meant when I saw the picture my mouth flew open. emoticon

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Crimson-mantled woodpecker
The crimson-mantled woodpecker is a bird species in the woodpecker family. Its scientific name, rivolii, honors French ornithologist François Victor Masséna, second duke of Rivoli.

It is found in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.


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Considered to be the world's most beautiful duck ...



The Mandarin Duck, native of China and Japan.

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Ahhhhhhh, the beauty of nature ....



Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher

"The Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher's territory encompasses a huge geographical area. It is endemic across much of Southeast Asia, South China and the Indian Subcontinent, and It can be found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its preferred habitat includes areas that include small streams in densely shaded, lowland forests.

They are usually found near small streams in densely shaded, lowland forests.

In Borneo, spotting an Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher is considered a bad omen by warriors of the Dusun tribe."

"The Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher is the most brightly colored and the smallest of all kingfisher species, measuring only between 5 - 5.5 inches (13 - 14 cm) in length - including bill and tail; and weighs about 0.5 oz or 14 g. The largest kingfisher is the Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima) with an average length is 18 inches (45 cm) and a weight of about 13.5 oz (355 g).

It is easily recognized by its bright blue crown with a violet wash along on the sides of its otherwise orange head. The upper plumage is bluish-black with glossy blue lines. The throat is white with bright orange colored lines in the bottom. The under plumage is a brilliant orangey-yellow. The bill and feet are orangey-red.

Males and females look alike. The juvenile plumage is less colorful."

See: www.beautyofbirds.com/orientaldwarfk
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Theyare gorgeous during the winter. They lay a lot of eggs.

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Example of nature's camouflage!



PTARMIGAN

What beautiful camouflage! The Alaska state bird, the willow ptarmigan, blending in! During winter, the plumage of both sexes becomes completely white, except for some black feathers in the tail. Photograph by Anthony Madden

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Never seen them before as I live in Canada. Their range is the British Isles and parts of Europe - interesting!

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Hooded Crows


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emoticon You are correct and the Hyacinth Macaw is one of many, many birds that I raise and train! emoticon

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They are beautiful. I can't believe I totally forgot to watch the parade. That's interesting they only have chicks every other year.

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Saw the most beautiul blue 'parrot' on one of the floats in the Rose Bowl parade yesterday - it really was stunning. Did a search and if this isn't it, it's very close ...

Hyacinth Macaw


A large bird at about 40", a very vivid cobalt blue, lives in Central Northeastern, central and southwestern Brazil, eastern Bolivia and northeastern Paraguay, on the rare to endangered list.

"Hyacinths live in the wild as mated pairs and remain constant from season to season. They also live in family groups that consist of the parents and their offspring. The Hyacinth are seasonal breeders, breeding after the rainy season. The rainy season is usually from August and December. Clutches are usually 2 eggs. Because the babies stay in the nest for so long the Hyacinth only breed every other year.

For songs and pics see: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs-xa
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For more info see:
whozoo.org/Anlife2001/monreich/mr_hy
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inthmacaw.htm


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Streak-backed Oriole, from No. Mexico.
neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal
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We are starting a new topic this year. Birds from all over the world that we have never seen before, or rarely see. Even if you spot a bird in your backyard you have never seen, or maybe it is your favorite bird, then share the picture, and info of the bird with us. Every country or state has different types of birds. Birds I have never seen. I love learning new facts about birds. Where they live, what they eat, what does their bird call sound like. I use "All About Birds" for my info, but there are other sites out there as well. Let's start off with a loud tweet for 2016 and start submitting those birds!


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