• Fantastic Journeys: Shorebirds Are Next-Level Athletes

    26 days ago - By All About Birds

    From the Autumn 2018 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now .
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    Shorebirds may be the most incredible migratory animals on Earth-tiny creatures that can weigh less than an apple and fly about as far as a Boeing 737.
    Shorebirds are the undisputed marathon champions among migratory birds. About 20 species of shorebirds have been recorded making nonstop flights longer than 5,000 kilometers, or 3,100 miles-about the distance from Boston to San Francisco. No other...
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  • The Sky Above: It's Not Just Air, It's Habitat

    The Sky Above: It's Not Just Air, It's Habitat

    26 days ago - By All About Birds

    From the Autumn 2018 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now .
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    Consider the sky. Between the treetops and the moon lies a layer cake of opportunities for a migrating bird. We can't see them or feel them, but they are there: bands of warm and cool air; headwinds, tailwinds, crosswinds. Mist, fog, clouds, rain. Winds that push migrants on course or off, or sweep insects together like a broom.
    To put it simply, air is habitat. But it's only recently that...
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  • Add Flair to Your Life List By Tracking Down Evolution's Most Distinctive Birds

    Add Flair to Your Life List By Tracking Down Evolution's Most Distinctive Birds

    26 days ago - By All About Birds

    From the Autumn 2018 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now .
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    Do you keep a life list-a list of birds you've seen over the course of your life? What about a county list? Or a year list? Or a list of birds you've seen out your office window, or on your birthday?
    Many birders keep these types of lists. The common currency in most is the species: one species equals one entry on the list. It's very egalitarian. But to an evolutionary biologist , not all birds...
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  • Birds Put Billions into U.S. Economy: Latest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Report

    Birds Put Billions into U.S. Economy: Latest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Report

    26 days ago - By All About Birds

    From the Autumn 2018 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now .
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    This year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published the latest edition of its national survey of outdoor recreation: how many people participate and what sorts of associated purchases they make in pursuit of their hobbies. The report's official title is the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. It takes a couple of years for economists to crunch the...
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  • Gallery: A Downy Woodpecker's Swiss Army Beak

    Gallery: A Downy Woodpecker's Swiss Army Beak

    26 days ago - By All About Birds

    Downy Woodpecker by Bartels Science Illustrator Phillip Krzeminski.
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    Downy Woodpeckers drill for their food, but this species has a less chisel-shaped bill than other North American woodpeckers. Downies can also use their beaks as a pick to pierce open insect tunnels just beneath the surface of tree bark, and as a pair of fine-pointed forceps for picking up tiny insect eggs from a leaf.
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