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Black Skimmer

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger)

The breeding adult black skimmer has brown-black upperparts, contrasting with a white forehead and underparts. The upperwing shows a white trailing edge from the secondaries to the inner primaries. The tail is white, with dark central feathers. The...

Habitat for Birds

Protecting Habitat for Birds in the Backyard

It’s not too difficult to find an impassioned vocal advocate for the conservation of bird habitats, but like the trees the birds themselves live in, that voice is mostly bark and little bite on its own. Talking up a good game about preserving the...

Aplomado Falcon

Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis)

The Aplomado Falcon is a distinctive bird of prey; dull red underparts, a grey back, a long and banded tail, and a striking black and white facial pattern distinguish adults. The lower breast sports a broad, blackish band or cummerbund with small...

Shore Dotterel

SAP: Shore Dotterel

Worldwide Species Action Plans SAP: Shore Dotterel (Thinornis novaeseelandiae) 2001 Language: EN Origin: New Zealand This plan lists the goals that are required to bring about an increase in the population, and to ensure this population is self...

Wilson's Plover

Wilson’s Plover

Male Incubation in Wilson’s Plover (Charadrius wilsonia) Author(s): PETER W. BERGSTROM Male incubation, defined as exclusive incubation by the male, is thought to be a necessary step in the evolution of polyandry from monogamy in birds. When...

Gray Hawk

Gray hawk Literature page

The status of the Gray Hawk in New Mexico Author(s): JOHN P. HUBBARD On 23 April 1876, near Fort Bayard, Grant County, New Mexico, Frank Stephens collected two sets of eggs that he identified as those of the Gray Hawk (Buteo nitidus). Through the...