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The Manakin

I found Michael Jackson in the jungles of Costa Rica!… but he was in bird form. You’ll see a little later on. Now, let’s look at some manakins. 

atching the Red capped Manakin dancing around reminds me Michael Jackson moonwalk. You guys have to see it! . . . . #kings_birds

Image: The Red-Capped Manakin

🐦 Manakin is the common name given to about 60 species of small, passerine birds that can be found in Paraguay, northern Argentina, southern Mexico, southern Brazil, and Trinidad and Tobago. 

🐦 The name “manakin” comes from the Middle Dutch mannekijn, or “little man”.

The blue manakin or swallow-tailed manakin (Chiroxiphia caudata) is a small species of bird in the fairly Pipridae. It is found mainly involved the Atlantic Forest of south-eastern Brazil, eastern Paraguay and far north-eastern Argentina. Its typical habitat is wet lowland or montane forest and heavily degraded former forest.

Image: The Blue Manakin

🐦 Red-capped manakin males perform a “moonwalk” where they slide up and down a branch and show off their bright yellow thighs to approaching females.

🐦 The Blue Manakin male is the bluest to the plumage while the female is duller and greenish overall. The Blue Manakin is a poster bird for the Atlantic Forest in southeastern Brazilian.

Golden-headed Manakin Pipra erythrocephala

Image: The Golden-headed Manakin

🐦 The male Golden-headed Manakin is difficult to find, however, they can be seen around male display sites where they gather to display for females.

🎶 Birdie Jean is not my lover, ow! She’s just a bird, who claims I am the one…🎶

The Red Capped Manakin aka “Moonwalking Bird” has the best courting dance ever! They do the “moonwalk” completed with wings slapping the legs and slides to attract the ladies during breeding season. Watch these natural-born thrillers moves via One UnconditionalLove:

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Reference/s: insider.si.edu; manakinsrcn.org; YouTube

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The Lorikeet and the Lory

Here we are again! The birds just keep getting interesting and more colorful and prettier and it’s getting harder to choose that one bird to represent the respective letter. But this challenge must wrap up, so here we go.

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus)

Image: The Rainbow Lorikeet

🐦 Black Lories are said to be amongst the gentlest and best natured of the lories. However, their shrill cries are said to be a disturbance.

🐦 The Rainbow Lorikeet is a parrot common to the eastern seaboard of Australia and also Tasmania. In some places, wild lorikeets are so used to humans that they can be hand-fed. They mainly feed on pollen and nectar.

Black lory

Image: The Black Lory

🐦 Tahitian Lories are also called Blue Lories, Indigo Lories or Violet Lorikeets. They’re endemic to the French Polynesia, Cook Islands, and 8 Tahitian islands out of the 23. These active birds can be found in small flocks of less than 10 birds and are endangered in their native habitat. 

🐦 There are only 8 species of Lorikeets.

Blue Lorikeet (Vini peruviana)

Image: Tahitian Blue Lory

🐦 Lorries and Lorikeets are arboreal parrots that range from small to medium-sized. The’re closely related to the fig parrots.

Via The Dodo (I love this channel!), here’s a beautiful heartwarming story about Elvis the Lorikeet and the visits he pays to the human for nursing him back to health:

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Reference/s: beautyofbirds.org; YouTube

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The Kiskadee!

Of ALL the birds in the world, the kiskadee is my absolute favorite. I recall the Republic Reader that we had to read for school contained a poem about the kiskadee by Olga Comma-Maynard. Here is a snippet: 

I know you by your yellow vest
You little keskidee
That suits so well that clean brown coat
That cling so close to thee

The little ring upon your head
That forms a little hat
Why if you stood with all the other birds
I would know you just by that

The Great Kiskadee is the coolest bird ever and I’m thankful that I get to see them every day. As a matter of fact, as I write this post,  a few of them are outside my window being their noisy, beautiful selves. 

Great Kiskadee - Ian Davies

Image: The Great Kiskadee © Ian Davies

🐦 The Great Kiskadee is named after it’s 3 syllable call. They’re one of the largest – and not to mention boisterous – members of the tyrant flycatcher family.

🐦 Kiskadees are known for their bold behavior like a Jay and can be quite cunning. They’re known to chase larger animals (such as snakes and monkeys) that attempt to raid their nests.

Photographic Print: Greater Kiskadee by Ken Archer : 24x16in

Image: Greater Kiskadee by Ken Archer

🐦 Kiskadees are natural adapters. Despite environmental changes, they can survive on a variety of food. However, they’re not too fond of mangoes, but will indulge in ripe bananas.

🐦 Although it’s the best known bird here (Trinidad), it is not normally found in the sister isle of Tobago.

Great Kiskadee in a Fedora

Image: Great Kiskadee in a Fedora by mainandvine.com

🐦 Kiskadees are monogamous, meaning that they only have one mate. 

The call of the kiskadee is loud and vivacious. They always seem to be asking “Où est-tu?” (French for “Where are you?”). Here is a video by Birdfun in which you can clearly hear the bird’s beautiful call.

 

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Reference/s: allaboutbirds.org; ttnaturelink.com; YouTube

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The Jays

Sounds like the name of some 60s or 70s group, huh? Ladies and gentlemen, we here at Motown are happy to present… The Jays! But then the O’ Jays might’ve sued them. Enough of that, here’s the latest offering of the A to Z Bird challenge.

Photo of a blue jay. #Birds #BeautifulBirds #PrettyBirds #BlueJay

Image: Blue Jay

🐦 The jay birds are the most colorful of the crow family, and they’re bold and raucous birds. 

🐦 The blue jay is found in North America while the Stellar’s  jays rules westward. The gray jay can be found in the northern parts of the United States and most of Canada. 

Gray Jay Take Off

Image: ‘Gray Jay Take Off’ by Michael Cummings

🐦 Stellar’s Jays are large songbirds that are bold, noisy, and intelligent. They enjoy exploring their habitat (they live mostly in the forest), and flying to the ground to look for food from picnicking visitors.

🐦 The Gray Jay is also known as the Canada Jay. They’re said to be always on the lookout for food (they’ll eat anything from berries to small animals) and they’re naturally curious. In 2018, the American Ornithological Society voted to change the common name of the Gray Jay to Canada Jay.

Stellar's Jay / 500px

Image: Stellar’s Jay

🐦 The blue jay (my favorite Jay of all) are known for tight family bonds. Their diet mainly consists of insects and nuts. They can be a little devious, though, for they are known to mimic the call of hawks. These calls can provide information to other jays that a hawk is around or to deceive other species into believing a hawk is present.

Enjoy this video of the call of a blue jay by Corey Schmaltz:

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Reference/s: britannica.com; allaboutbirds.org; YouTube

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The Imperial Shag

It’s getting harder to choose one bird for its respective letter, but I’m happy to see that this challenge is progressing and hopefully, it’ll be done before September God’s willing comes along for I have a tendency to stretch things out. In this post, we’re going to look at another beautiful bird! 

Imperial Shag, Blue-eyed Shag or King Cormorant (Leucocarbo atriceps) - many sub-Antarctic islands, Antarctic Peninsula & southern South America

Image: The striking Imperial Shag. 

🐦 The Imperial Shag – also called the “Blue-Eyed Shag” – is a black and white cormorant that can be found down the Antarctic peninsula. In the wild, they can live up to 15 to 20 years.

🐦 These birds form large colonies often mixed with penguins and other seabirds.

antarctic shag

Image: They do remind me of penguins… but prettier versions!

🐦 They’re the only Antarctic bird to keep a year-round nest as long as the ice holds off.

🐦 Although it’s referred to as “blue eyes”, it’s actually the region of the skin surrounding the eye that’s blue.

Imperial Cormorant Portrait by Sean Crane - Photo 207559661 / 500px

Image: “I’m ready for my close-up!”

🐦 The Imperial Shag fishes together in groups that are known as “rafts” and they’re able to stay underwater up to 4 minutes at a time.

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Reference/s: coolantarctica.com; oceanwide-expeditions.com; YouTube

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The Hoopoe

Birds are fascinating creatures and not to mention, extremely beautiful. They can vie for beauty pageants! Case in point, the punk rocking Hoopoe (pronounced ‘hu-pu’ which is EXACTLY how they sound like!), the national bird of Israel.

Image: The exotic Hoopoe

🐦 In Deuteronomy 14:18, the hoopoe is listed as one of the birds not to be eaten.

🐦 Hoopoes are named after the sound of their call. Their name is a combination of the Latin “upupa” and the Greek “epops” hence the punchline “upupa epops”.

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Image: The Eurasian Hoopoe in flight

🐦 The female prefer to nest in holes of tree trunks, cliffs, walls, and even birdhouses! The female stays inside the nest until the eggs hatch. Some will close up the nest as much as possible leaving only an opening for daddy bird to bring food.

🐦 African Hoopoes are not sociable birds, and they are generally found in pairs or singular.

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Image: The African Hoopoe

🐦 The hoopoe became the national bird of Israel in 2008 winning over the likes of the bulbul, warbler, and finch.

The Hoopoe is quite the singer! Watch this video via Wildlife World to listen to the Eurasian Hoopoe sing and stay to see it in flight.

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Reference/s: justbirding.com; fromthegrapevine.com; YouTube

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The Gulls

Gulls are found throughout the world in coastal habitats, and they’re often the largest birds along the shore. There are over 50 species of gulls that are found throughout the world, and they’re said to be intelligent and curious birds.

Photos and Videos for Bonaparte's Gull, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Image: Bonaparte Gulls

🐦 Gulls have webbed feet with small talons; their webbed feet allow them to walk and take off from water. 

🐦 Gulls are capable of drinking both fresh and saltwater thanks to a pair of special glands right above their eyes. 

🐦 Seagulls often steal food from other birds, animals, and people. 

Crickets and Seagulls | SpringerLink

Image: Close-up of the “Miracle of the Gulls” monument

🐦 In Utah, the seagull is the bird of the state. They’re remembered for helping Mormon settlers deal with a plague of crickets and a monument in Salt Lake City known as the “Miracle of the Gulls” fondly commemorates the event.

🐦 The Little Gull is the smallest in the gull species, while the largest is the Great Black-beaked Gull. 

Gulls are mischievous, tricky, finders keepers with serial killer eyes (well, some of them) and you can see some of them in action via Fun and Positive TV:

 

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Reference/s: Top Ten: Birds (book); softschools.com; onekindplanet.org; YouTube

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The Flightless Birds

While birds are known for taking flight into the sky, there are some that have never flown a day in their birdlife. These flightless birds have wings that protect them from the heat and cold and their wings also help them to maintain balance while running.

Image: The Greater Rhea

🐦 A lesser-known relative of the ostrich, the rhea is native to South America. Although related to the ostrich, the rhea is distinguishable by their 3-toed feet (ostrich have 2) and their brownish color.

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Image: The Fantabulous Ostrich!

🐦 The ostrich is the largest and the heaviest bird alive. It can run up to 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) an hour, making it a fast runner. This beautiful bird has big brown eyes and thick black lashes which are the envy of some women. As a matter of fact, the ostrich is said to have the largest eyes of any land animal, and they live in the grasslands of Africa. Oh, and, they have 3 stomachs.

Image: The Ever-Stylish Emu

🐦 The emu can be found all over Australia. It is the largest bird in Australia and the second largest in the world. The emu uses their wings to cool themselves down. And why not? Their feathers are soft and fluffy. In the wild, they can live p to 10-20 years.

another symbol of New Zealand: the kiwi ! // flightless birds unique to NZ // brown, feathery, and about the size of a chicken

Image: The Adorable Kiwi

🐦 The kiwi bird is a symbol of New Zealand. This small usually brown bird has a long, pointed bill with nostrils at the end that they used to sniff out bugs to eat. They’re the only bird in the world with nostrils at the end of its beak, and they have marrow in its bones like humans. Kiwis are mostly nocturnal.

Dinosaur bird, colorful neck, portrait wallpaper

Image: The Regal Cassowary

🐦 The cassowary is said to be shy and reclusive but can get dangerous when provoked. The female cassowary lays the eggs, but that’s about the only role they play in bringing up a family for they don’t stick around to sit on the eggs. It is the male that sits on the eggs for at least 50 days, and they refuse to leave the nest for nourishment. Once the babies are born, the father spends the next 9 months raising his chicks.

Here’s a video via Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers’ Cabin of a dad cassowary and his chicks:

 

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Reference/s: Top Ten: Birds (book); britannica.com; YouTube

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The Eagle

The Eagle is a bird of prey and the King of Birds! They fly higher than the others and they have no time to mix and gossip with other bird folks. Whenever I think of this bird, I reflect on Isaiah 40:31. The usage of the eagle is a metaphor for strength. Our frailty gives God the opportunity to pour His strength into us when we ask for we can do ALL things through Him that gives us strength (Philippians 4:13).

 African fish Eagle

Image: African Fish Eagle aka the King of Eagles!

🐦 There are over 60 species of eagles; most of them are from Europe, Asia, and Africa.

🐦 The eagle is the national bird of Kazakhstan, Austria, Mexico, and Germany. The bird is also found on several national flags including Egypt, Serbia, and Moldova.

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Image: Black Hawk-Eagle

🐦 The bald eagle takes its name from the fact it has a white head while the rest of its body is brown.

🐦 An eagle’s beak contains keratin, which means that it grows all the time just like human hair and fingernails.

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Image: The Harpy Eagle said to be the world’s most powerful eagle

🐦 The eagle is known to be one of the strongest birds able to carry the heaviest loads.

The eagle is a majestic, powerful, and intimidating bird. Don’t believe me? Go watch the Golden Eagle fly in slow motion and watch it stare into your soul at the beginning of the video. I love Eagles so much! 💙

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Reference/s: buzzghana.com; thefactsite.com; YouTube

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The Duck

Hello and welcome back to this bird segment! I’m going to try my best to wrap up this challenge soon for I want to move onto another one. So without further ado:

Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) | Our World’s 10 Beautiful and Colorful Birds

Image: The ever gorgeous Mandarin Duck

🐦 Ducks are mostly aquatic birds living in both freshwater and seawater and found on every continent except for Antarctica. Their webbed feet have no nerves or blood vessels, thus, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold.

🐦 All domestic ducks are descended from either the Mallard or the Muscovy duck.

Female Mallard duck - beautiful feather markings!

Image: A female Mallard duck

🐦 The more daylight there is, the more eggs a hen produces.

🐦 Ducks have excellent vision! They have a field of vision of nearly 340 degrees! 

🐦 And you know that saying about a duck’s quack producing no echo? That’s quackers for a duck’s quack does indeed echo. 😉

Interested in seeing other duck breeds? Watch this video via Ion Bejenaru:

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Reference/s: sciencekids.co.nz/; mentalfloss.com/; YouTube

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