Birds

September 10, 2020

Underwater Video Captures the Unusual Way Flamingos Eat

Have you ever wondered how flamingos eat with their curved bills? The San Diego Zoo is educating the public on flamingo feeding habits with a new video showing the brilliantly pink birds feeding underwater. The video was taken at the birds' mealtime by an underwater camera placed inside the zoo's flamingo feeding pool. In the video, the birds dip their hooked bills to skim the bottom.

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August 27, 2020

Spectacular Winners of the Bird Photographer of the Year 2020 Contest

For the fifth year, conservation charity Birds on the Brink has hosted the Bird Photographer of the Year competition. Wildlife photographers from around the world submitted their best images of our feathered friends across several different categories. In the end, Kuwaiti photographer Majed AlZa’abi took home the top prize and was awarded £5,000. AlZa'abi nabbed the win for his artistic portrait of European shags on the Norwegian island of Vardø.

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July 3, 2020

Adorable “Strawberry Finches” Plumage Turns as Bright as Berry to Find a Mate

Hopping across the grasslands and fields of tropical Asia, the strawberry finch is a delightfully small bird that takes on spectacular plumage during its breeding season. It's also known as the red munia or red avadavat, and their original populations are spread across Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Pakistan. Now, they can also be found in parts of southeast Asia and several introduced populations flourish in the tropical climates of Hawaii, Fiji, and Malaysia.

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May 18, 2020

These Cute Pint-Sized Birds Perform Expert Splits to Keep Themselves Balanced

Anyone up for a little gymnastics? These little birds are. Measuring just 6.5 inches long, the bearded reedling, or bearded tit, is a stout bird found across Europe. Living in wetlands, they're experts at balancing on the thin reeds that sprout from marshes and perform incredible splits to keep themselves balanced. This songbird, though found in abundance, is actually quite unique and there are no living species that seem closely related to it.

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