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Talk About a Love Nest…

Take the time to watch this video, it will be worth it. Promise.

The Vogelkop Bowerbird (Amblyornis inornata), also known as the Vogelkop Gardener Bowerbird, is a medium-sized, bowerbird of the mountains of the Vogelkop Peninsula at Western New Guinea, Indonesia.

The bower is a cone-shaped hut-like structure some 100 cm high and 160 cm in diameter, with an entrance usually propped up by two column-like sticks. A front “lawn” of some square meters area is cleaned of debris and laid out with moss. On this, and in the entrance of the bower, decorations such as colorful flowers or fruit, shining beetle elytra, dead leaves and other conspicuous objects are collected and artistically arranged.

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Kiwis Come Out at Night

I am not talking about the fruit

I was aware of the chicken-sized flightless bird of New Zealand, but only recently learned that it was nocturnal. (Thanks once again to David Attenborough)

Here are more fun facts about this small flightless bird:

  • The kiwi lays the biggest egg in proportion to its size of any bird in the world
  • They are unique among other birds in that they have a functioning pair of ovaries
  • Because their nostrils are located at the end of their long beaks, Kiwi can locate insects and worms underground without actually seeing or feeling them, due to their keen sense of smell

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Walking and Auking (04/30)

I have always thought that the Auk was a flightless bird.

You call those wings?

You call those wings?

However, that is only true for the Great Auk which is now extinct (and pictured above). The Auks that are around today certainly enjoy their evolved wings…

Go Little Bird Go!

Go Little Auk Go!

BONUS FACT: The Great Auk is was the only species in the genus Pinguinus, a group which included several flightless giant auks from the Atlantic, to survive until modern times!

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