Birds

Boat-tailed Grackles Evoke Nostalgia

One of my fondest memories is being greeted by the calls of boat-tailed grackles at the Florida welcome center after driving nearly a thousand miles from New York. The calls along with the warm Florida sunshine signified an escape from the cold wintry weather of the north and the start of our family vacation. Boat-tailed […]

Falcated Teal

This east Asian duck nests in eastern Russia and northern China. It winters in southeast Asia including parts of India, south China and Vietnam. This duck’s prime habitats are lakes, ponds, wetlands and lagoons within forests where it dines on shore plants, aquatic vegetation, seeds and the occasional mollusk. Due to high levels of hunting […]

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Wandering the forest floor in New Guinea, the Victoria crowned pigeon finds figs, a favorite and other fruit and seeds to eat. Although a ground-dwelling species, this bird is capable of flying into the trees if disturbed. This pigeon is a threatened species partly due to the loss of habitat from logging.

Crested Wood Partridge

This gamebird is in the pheasant family and thrives in the lowland rainforests of southeast Asia where it uses its feet to find fruit, seeds and insects to eat. What is interesting about this species is that it feeds its young beak to beak. The youngsters of other members of this family begins pecking for […]

The Common Emerald Dove

This species calls the tropical and sub-tropical areas of southeast Asia rain forests home. It eats a variety of seeds and fruit supplemented by snails and insects. They are ground dwellers except when roosting for the night or when they are nesting. Despite being trapped for the pet trade due to their iridescent green color […]

A Fruit Eating Pigeon

In the forests, mangrove swamps and scrublands of Southeast Asia and on the northern coast of Australia, the pied imperial pigeon flourishes on the fruit of  tropical trees, shrubs and vines. It builds a stick nest In which it lays a single white egg. Although there were once hunted because they were thought to be […]

The Duck With a Goose’s Name

Although these waterfowl resemble geese, the African pygmy goose is actually a duck that lives in the sub-Saharan region of Africa in lakes, lagoons, wetlands and river systems. It eats the seeds of water lilies and other aquatic plants. This duck usually nests in the cavity of trees, but sometimes on the ground where it […]