cloacachronicles replied to your photo“June 29, 2014 – American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) Requested by:…”

ahhhhh thank youuuuu its adorable!

So glad to hear you like it! I spent a lot of time trying to get things just right on this one. Crows are such amazing birds!


June 29, 2014 – American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Requested by: cloacachronicles

American Crows are found across most of the United States, with a summer range reaching into Canada. They form large flocks of hundreds to millions of birds in the winter. Crows are cooperative breeders. They live in family groups of a breeding pair, along with their older offspring, who assist with raising chicks and maintaining a territory for their first few years. They are omnivorous and will eat almost anything, often finding clever ways to get food, such as distracting and stealing from other animals. Crows have also been observed making and using tools. A captive crow used a cup to carry water to some dry food and wild crows have shaped pieces of wood and used them to search for food in fence posts.

June 28, 2014 – Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

Requested by: ninelanterns

These owls are found in open habitats across most of the world, with the exception of polar and desert regions. They are accomplished hunters, with excellent night vision and hearing, and eat many types of small animals, depending on what is locally available. Their asymmetrical ears allow them to hunt by sound alone. Females are larger and have more spotting on their chests than males. More numerous spots on a female seems to encourage the male to help care for the chicks more.

June 27, 2014 – Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Requested by: dramagirlwithlime

Found in freshwater and saltwater areas throughout North America, these large herons also forage in grasslands and fields. They catch fish by wading in shallow water and striking their prey quickly. They also eat other animals such as amphibians, reptiles, insects, mammals, and birds. The feathers on their chest, called powder down, produce dust that repels oil and slime. The herons rub this powder on their feathers to stay clean and sometimes on the fish they catch, where it clumps up with slime and can be easily brushed off. Although they are quite large, around four feet tall, they only weigh five or six pounds.

June 26, 2014 – Blue-winged Parakeet or Malabar Parakeet (Psittacula columboides)

Requested by: thesassybirder

These parrots are endemic to the Western Ghats in southwest India. They eat fruits, flowers, nuts, leaf buds, pollen, seeds, and nectar. Although they may rarely be seen in flocks, they usually travel in smaller groups of four or five birds. They nest in tree cavities, usually in old barbet or woodpecker nest holes. Malabar Parakeets are uncommon in captivity, but threatened by poaching for the illegal pet trade.

June 25, 2014 – House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Requested by: abymore

These small wrens are found from southern Canada through most of North and South America. They eat various insects and spiders, as well as snail shells, probably for calcium and grit. House wrens build their nests in tree cavities and nest boxes, which they will defend aggressively, even fighting off larger birds for a desirable nest site. Their nests are vulnerable to infestation by mites and other parasites, so the birds will often add spider egg sacs to the nests. When the spiders hatch, they feed on the parasites.

June 24, 2014 – Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug)

Requested by: confuzzledpigeon

This large falcon is found in parts of eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Hunting in open grasslands, its diet mainly consists of rodents and small birds. The Saker Falcon is used frequently in falconry and is the national bird of Hungary. Unfortunately, because of habitat loss and black market hunting, it is classified as Endangered.