Bird Families

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Pine River, March 3, 2021
Canon 2000d.

Owl deceived by the pandemic

I work in an environmental organization in my city, and in the spring of last year, people told us that in the city park, at a distance of three meters from the path and at a height of one and a half meters from the ground, an owl hollow was seen in which three chicks were hovering.

We arrived at the park and, indeed, found this hollow and three chicks: though two of them have already got up on the wing and sometimes warmed up, flying out of the hollow, so in the video you will see only one of them. At the end, he sits on the ground - we took him out to ring him.

According to our assumptions, such anomalous behavior of the female (usually owls choose a much safer height and distance from human paths) is due to the fact that she nested just at the time when everyone was sitting at home due to the toughest wave of restrictive measures to counter the proliferation pandemics. The park was quiet, calm, the flow of people dropped sharply, so she chose the most comfortable large spacious hollow. As a result, any large dog could reach the nest if desired, which would threaten him with immediate ruin.

But everything ended well - we monitored the state of the nest and the chicks right up to the moment when they flew off their habitat completely and after a couple of weeks it was possible to breathe peacefully.

An owl, by the way, is a long-tailed owl, a fairly common species, in the territory of our region slowly replacing the gray owl because of its more aggressive behavior and slightly larger size. The next video shows an adult female who swears at us for disturbing her chicks (to ring). When she tries to scare, she makes such sounds as if she is barking.

And finally - one more video from the ringing of the long-tailed owl chicks. In the beginning, you can see the duplon - an artificial nesting place, like a birdhouse, but only for owls. We hang these just to restore the number of endangered species (but sometimes they are still populated by long-tails) and take them into account by ringing them.

Such different birds

Birds are unusually widespread throughout the planet. If we could see every bird on Earth, we would see the whole world.

Birds can be found in any corner of any ocean, as well as on such deserted areas of land where no one else lives except them. Gray gulls raise their chicks in the Chilean Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on the planet. Emperor penguins hatch eggs during the height of the Antarctic winter. Singing hawks-gabars nest in the Berlin cemetery where Marlene Dietrich is buried, sparrows - in traffic lights in Manhattan, black swifts - in caves on the sea coast, snow vultures (kumai) - on Himalayan rocks, and finches have mastered the lands of Chernobyl.

Black-throated jay (Cyanocorax colliei). The shrill cry of a jay is a common sound in Western Mexico. Jays, like other corvids (magpies recognize themselves in the mirror, and crows make tools), have a developed intellect.

Photo taken at the Houston Zoo, Texas

To survive in such a variety of conditions, birds, of which there are about 10 thousand species, have acquired an amazing variety of forms in the course of evolution.To start with the size: the African ostrich reaches two and a half meters in height, and the Cuban bee hummingbird is slightly larger than the insect after which it was named. Their beaks can be either very massive (like in pelicans or toucans), or tiny (like in a short-beak), and can reach a length comparable to the size of the body, like in a hummingbird-sword-beak. Or take the color: the Painted Oatmeal Cardinal of Texas, the Gouldian Sharp-tailed Sunbird from South Asia and the Rainbow Lorikeet from Australia flaunt a variety of colors better than any flower. But there are those who prefer endless shades of discreet brown, burdening the vocabulary of ornithologists with the terms: rusty red, reddish brown, ocher, chestnut, red.

Red flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)

Flamingo chicks hatch in white plumage, and their spectacular color is manifested thanks to organic pigments - carotenoids found in crustaceans that these birds feed on. The beak of this bird seems to be attached to the head by an inept sculptor. Such a strange shape turns out to be very convenient when flamingos feed with their heads dangling in the water.

Photo taken at Lincoln Children's Zoo, Nebraska

Most birds are not that cute and fluffy, but in many ways they are even more like us than some mammals.

The birds build elaborate houses and start a family in them. For the winter, they prefer to fly away on vacation to warmer regions. Cockatoo has a sharp mind: they give in to tasks that can confuse even chimpanzees. And crows love to play - I saw how on windy days, when other (more practical) birds refrain from flying, crows gladly dive from the hillsides, doing real somersaults in the air just for fun. And what kind of videos with their participation are not there! In one of the Russian cities, a crow came up with a winter fun: it rolled down a snow-covered roof on a plastic cover, flew back up with a cover in its beak and rolled down again.

Yellow-cheeked rosella (Platycercus icterotis). The sociable parrots found in southwest Australia often feed in pairs or small groups. Farmers used to shoot them because of the damage that birds do to fruit trees. Now this species is under state protection, but its numbers continue to decline as the territory suitable for life for rosellas decreases.

Photo taken at BLANK PARK ZOO, Des Moines, Iowaand

Birds also behave in different ways: some species are unusually sociable, others, on the contrary, lead a reclusive lifestyle. African red-billed weavers and flamingos gather in millions of flocks, and some species of parrots even build real cities from twigs. The deer walk along the banks of mountain streams and dive under the water for a long time solely alone, and wandering albatrosses can soar at a distance of 800 kilometers to their nearest brother.

White-faced scoop (Ptilopsis leucotis).

Lives in sub-Saharan Africa. Like most owls, she is an excellent nocturnal hunter with fine hearing and keen eyesight, and the special structure of the primary flight feathers allows the scoop to dive silently on unsuspecting prey.

There are friendly birds, for example, in New Zealand, the gray fantail is able to accompany a person everywhere while walking along the trail. But some birds, on the contrary, behaved hostilely: in Chile, caracara dives, striving to please a person right in the crown when he stares at it for too long.

Plantain cuckoos hunt rattlesnakes in pairs - one bird distracts the victim, and the second creeps up and attacks from behind. Wasps eat wasps. Wall climbers climb the cliff walls. Thick-billed guillemots dive to a depth of 200 meters, and peregrine falcons dive at a speed of 385 kilometers per hour. Rotacoa does not leave its native pond throughout its life, and the blue forest songbird is ready to easily travel to Peru and return back to the same tree in New Jersey, where it nested a year earlier.

Two-horned kalao (Buceros bicornis).

The bird with a massive helmet over its beak and with wings reaching two meters in span is rightfully considered the king of the sky over the jungles of Southeast Asia. Kalao smears its black and white plumage with a yellowish oily liquid, which is secreted by the gland above the tail.

Photo taken at the Houston Zoo, Texas.

And of course, birds, like us, fill the world with melodies, be it a nightingale trill somewhere on the outskirts of Europe, the chirping of a thrush in Quito, Ecuador, or the singing of spectacled bush in Chengdu, China.

American chicks have developed a complex "language" in which they communicate not only with each other, but also with the rest of the birds living in the area, in order to share information about how the community can feel safe from predators.

In the repertoire of a lyrebird from Eastern Australia, a melody was seen that sounded like it was being played on a flute. It was possible to find out that in these places once lived a farmer who was fond of playing the flute: probably, the ancestors of the bird adopted his motive.