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September 2nd 2008, Tuesday
01:30 am


Feed for FinchWench
Thanks to the kindness and concern of admiralmemo, there is syndication:

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August 31st 2008, Sunday
03:35 pm


Farewell, LJ: a migration is in order
Because of the advertisement shenanigans, I have moved on: http://finchwench.wordpress.com/

I do not believe that my readers should be required to log in or to install a Firefox plug-in in order to view my journal without the sight of beefcake (e.g. "Gain 15 lbs. of muscle in 30 days!) juxtaposed with Bulbulicious, while there are other options. I hope that the absurd policy will be retracted.

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August 27th 2008, Wednesday
02:51 am


Some Reflections About Reflections
The Magpie (Pica pica) and Bulbulicious may have more in common than just a color scheme.

© Helmut Prior et al. 17 July 2008

The study by Prior et al. published last week has has prompted me to write of my Bulbuls.

I suspect that Bulbulicious recognizes herself in the mirror. This was not the case when she was quite young. Before she completed her first moult, her preoccupation with her reflection was sometimes accompanied by alarm ululations and even mild physical aggression. At least, any awkward moments with the mirror did not hold her attention for long. As she matured, I observed behavior similar to Gerti's visual explorations [3.89 MB].

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Press releases for the Magpie self-recognition study:
1. I, Magpie
2. Сороки Блещут Интеллектом

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August 24th 2008, Sunday
03:21 am


Zebra Finch Family: Chuck + Pippin
= Clutch I - March 2008

= , Clutch II - Late Spring 2008

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August 17th 2008, Sunday
12:59 pm


This goose is not likely to fly like an Egyptian
Polydactyly seems not such a rarity compared to polymelia; nevertheless, here is a case of a third wing.

An exotic goose, identified as Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus), with an extra wing was found struggling on a golf course in Hollywood, Florida.

The condition rendered the goose unable to fly or even walk without dragging what seemed to be a third wing. The polymelia was corrected surgically by veterinarians at the SPCA Wildlife Care Center in Fort Lauderdale, who removed the extraneous growth.

Currently, the patient is being monitored in order to verify that subsequent surgery is not required for the goose to tuck in the wing during cursorial locomotion. Flight is not in the prognosis of this goose, even post-operatively, but rehabilitators hope that the goose can live comfortably in captivity.

There is a video supplement to the story.

Thanks to G.B. who circulated the news on the ASA Yahoo! group


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01:40 am


Lesser Goldfinch
Carduelis psaltria

2 August 2008 on my balcony

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August 16th 2008, Saturday
06:35 pm


Polydactyl Parakeet
I saw a grey and polydactyl mutation of Indian Ringnecked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri manillensis) at a local bird store.

26 July 2008 at Our Feathered Friends

The extra claw extends from an extra phalange extending from digit 1 (viewable on the zygodacytly map).

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04:49 pm


A king has been knighted

© Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

As first posted by drugoi, Sir Nils Olav, a King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus), of Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, has been knighted by Norwegian guardsmen.

The photographs are remarkable; the story is silly:

Nils himself was on his best behaviour throughout the ceremony -- apart from shortly before the sword ceremony, when -- perhaps suffering a bout of pre-knighthood nerves -- he deposited a discrete white puddle on the ground.

Yes, that can happen even to the most knightly of us.


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03:04 pm


Some chatter about the new Chat: Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus

© Brian Schmidt

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Schmidt et al. announced and characterised the new species in Zootaxa yesterday.

The genus formerly considered monotypic, occupied only by the Forest Robin (Stiphrornis erythrothorax) is now recognized to be shared with the Olive-backed Forest Robin of Gabon. The new species does not yet have his own Wikipedia entry, but he did make the list already!

Birdchick has posted more details.


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August 11th 2008, Monday
12:09 am


Lazuli Bunting
On my first full day at the AOU/COS/SCO Meeting, I, despite being incorrigibly nocturnal typically, awoke by 5:30 for a guided bird tour of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. There we identified many species including one as precious (or semi-precious) as its stone namesake:

Passerina amoena

6 August 2008

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