A to Z

The Birdie Awards! 🦅

Good night, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Birdies! For the last few months, I’ve been featuring birds of every color and sizes for the A to Z Bird Challenge. Although it’s now completed, I went back to pour over the birds that didn’t quite make the cut, so this is sort of a tribute to them… and one or two that were already featured.

And the winners are:

🐦 Best Hair-do: The Gloster Canary & The Crested Duck

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Mr. Gloster has a wicked bowl haircut, while the crested ducks look like judges of the lake.

🐦 Most Graceful: The Swan

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All I can say is… beat that!

🐦 Most Elegant: The Flamingo

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Co-host: Is that the winning dance?

I don’t know what it’s doing, Bob, but this moonwalk is dizzying!

🐦 Most Joyful While Working: The Hummingbird

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What can I say? I love watching these babies work!

🐦 Just the Sweetest: The Strawberry Finch

It looks like it was dipped in added sugar. It’s like an overly sweet, ripe strawberry!

🐦 Most Photogenic Owl: The Burrowing Owl

Name a fiercer model, I’m waiting.

🐦 The Cutest Owl: The Barn Owl

Co-host: And it’s fabulous, too!

🐦 Most Talented & Best Prankster: The Lyre

This bird is unbelievable! So incredible, that we have to go to video, Jose!

Co-host: It’s Bob.

That’s what I said! (Cringes as Bob gives a death stare) Anyways, this bird is AMAZING at mimicry! It can mimic anything from car alarms to chainsaws. Let’s go to video with Attenborough!

🐦 Best Dancer: The Western Parotia

Moves so sick, you should call the cops! Here’s the lost audition tape of this terrific dancer.

🐦 Top Model: The Secretary Bird

Come on, Legs for Years!

🐦 Most Excellent Shade of Blue: The Blue Crowned Pigeon & The Grandala

 Единственный представитель - Лазоревая птица Grandala ...

All beautiful things come in packages of exotic blue shades!

🐦 The Fluffiest: The Long Tailed Tit

What a cute fluff ball!

🐦 Best Camouflage: The Large Frogmouth

🔥 Large Frogmouth with baby 🔥 - NatureIsFuckingLit

If this bird were to be still in a pile of leaves… it’ll look like a pile of leaves. And the baby is cute!

🐦 Most Fancy: The Frillback Pigeon & The Crested Guineafowl

What beauties! It looks like someone actually sprinkled chocolate shavings on the pigeon and the guineafowl looks like a rockstar… if Little Richard and Prince were birds!

🐦 Most Extraordinary: The Harpy Eagle

Co-host: ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ called; they want their costume back!

Haha! Good one, Jose!

Co-host: It’s Bob for the last time.

That’s what the parakeet said.

Co-host: I’m out. You can finish host the Birdies with your lame jokes! (Puts mic down and exits)

Peckish much? Let’s wrap this up!

🐦 Bird I Wouldn’t Mess With: The Dracula Parrot

Yikes! A goth among birds. If Marcus was a bird…

🐦 The Sweetest Sounding Name: Tilhi

Pestvogel / Bohemian Waxwing by Rob Teunen aka Borelius, via Flickr>>need to go visit my sister in AK in winter so I can see one of these!

This bird is beautiful. Period.

🐦 The Most Annoying: Woody Woodpecker!

Pin by Christopher Medrano on My Saves | Vintage cartoon, Woody woodpecker,  Woody

And that is all the time we have! Thank you for joining us. Good night from somewhere in a bird’s natural habitat!

Images & Video Reference: Pinterest; Google Search; YouTube

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The Anhinga

The Blood Pheasant

The Crane

The Duck

The Eagle

The Flightless Birds

The Gulls

The Hoopoe

The Imperial Shag

The Jays

The Kiskadee

The Lorikeet and the Lory

The Manakin

The Nightingale

The Owls

The Peacocks and Pheasants

The Quirky Tails

The Ribbon-tailed Astrapia

The Secretary Bird

The Toucan

The Umbrellabird

The Vulturine Guineafowl

The Woodpecker

The Xantus’s Hummingbird

The Yellowthroat

The Zebra Finch

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A to Z

The Zebra Finch

We’ve finally come to the end of this amazing challenge! I’ve learned so much about a variety of birds including ones I’ve met for the first time. While I do look forward in doing another A-Z challenge, this one made me want to add more nature to the blog, so I’ll be looking at ways in how I incorporate do that. For now, here’s the Zebra Flinch!

How to Protect a Zebra Finch Nest

Image: Look at this beauty!

🐦 Zebra flinches tend to live in large flocks; they’re natives to Australia, East Timor, and Indonesia. They’ve been introduced to Puerto Rico and Costa Rica.

🐦 Males tend to woo the females with their courtship dance and original song. Females do not sing.

Daily Bird Pics on Instagram: “Zebra finches by @hdg_wildlife_photo . . #your_best_birds #bestbirdshots #best_birds_of_world #bird_brilliance #nfnl #elite_worldwide_birds…”

Image: Just a couple of love birds

🐦 Nests are usually built of grasses and lined with feathers or even wool.

🐦 The expected lifespan of zebra flinches in the wild is 2 to 3 years.

Zebra Finches the male has a red beak and female orange beak ....they love cuddling ...lovely sweet call

Image: Cuddly

🐦 These birds are often kept as pets, but love matters to a zebra flinch, and when they choose their own mates, they’re better parents. When we play matchmakers for them, we tend to disturb their nature for they’re monogamous and tend to mate for life. Also, they don’t liked to be handled by humans.

Via Tim Siggs, here’s a short video of the zebra flinches in the wild:

Images: Pinterest

Reference/s: animaldiversity.org; YouTube

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The Anhinga

The Blood Pheasant

The Crane

The Duck

The Eagle

The Flightless Birds

The Gulls

The Hoopoe

The Imperial Shag

The Jays

The Kiskadee

The Lorikeet and the Lory

The Manakin

The Nightingale

The Owls

The Peacocks and Pheasants

The Quirky Tails

The Ribbon-tailed Astrapia

The Secretary Bird

The Toucan

The Umbrellabird

The Vulturine Guineafowl

The Woodpecker

The Xantus’s Hummingbird

The Yellowthroat

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Football ⚽

Merci, Cavani!

Lately, this is how I feel about everything…

¿Cómo será probar sus labios? - señor Jackson disculpe que lo moleste… #fanfic # Fanfic # amreading # books # wattpad

…including football, so that’s why I was the last to know that Edinson Cavani aka Bae left PSG never to return. 

🎶 Musique mélancolique 🎶

I’m currently writing this while listening to French music because nothing sets the mood like French music. Plus, it’s aesthetically satisfying to listen to while writing about French things in general even if I don’t speak fluent croissant.

Italian football was never my thing. I was content with just La Liga and supporting Les Bleus, but one day, I decided to expand my viewing range. I thought the EPL all right and soon enough I was supporting teams such as Wenger’s Arsenal, Man City, and Tottenham. It was time to give the Italian league Serie A, a chance. I went in not expecting anything grand… until I saw a SSC Napoli game… and then I saw this guy…

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…so I stayed and adapted Napoli as my favorite Serie A team until July 16th, 2013, when Edi joined French champions Paris Saint-Germain. He brought joy to many French fans that noted his drive, enthusiasm, commitment, passion, and humility. He also brought his strong headband game.

End of an Era: Cavani, Silva, and Others Expected to Leave PSG ...

Cavani was PSG’s number 9 and overtime, the fans formed a bond with the player like no other. Almost every match day at the Parc des Princes, supporters chanted:

E-din-son Cavani, lo lo lo lo lo lo lo lo.”

It was special. The appreciation was beautiful for PSG supporters can be cold, and they rarely sing songs for an individual, instead opting to serenade the club or the city. Even as a spectator in front of my TV, oceans and miles away from Paris, I felt as if I was right there in the stands chanting along. Even if Edi was only on the bench as a sub or not playing at all, they’ll be singing his song.

Outside the Parc des Princes, Cavani went above and beyond to integrate himself into French culture and it was gratefully received by the locals. Whenever Cavani got the opportunity to return home to Salto, Uruguay, he’ll be seen working the family farm even on his vacation.

Don't miss Cavani mowing herbs - JuniperSports

Merci!

Finally, coming to the point that warranted this post in the first place: Cavani didn’t get his goodbye applause from the stadium he called home for the last 7 years due to not extending his contract until this August. He deserved a fitting send-off, but he quietly left the club as PSG’s all-time top goal scorer (200 goals in 301 games) and 19 trophies to his name. I think it’s criminal that PSG is in the Champions League final and Cavani’s name won’t be on the roster.

Two of my all-time favorite moments I’ll always treasure of Cavani in a PSG jersey comes in the form of his character and not goals. The first was when he gave his jersey to a disabled supporter…

…and the second was quite recent. In March, PSG beat Borussia Dortmund and when many of PSG’s boys were mocking Erling Haaland’s goal celebration, Cavani manned up and stayed away from such childish tactics.

Merci beaucoup for the goals, and fond memories, El Matador! There’ll never be another you and here’s to Benfica or wherever you may end up, even if it’s a team I dislike in the EPL.

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Related: They Call Him Edinson I Call Him Bae

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