Category Archive: Suliformes

Nov 12 2014

Rarest birds in the World: Christmas Island Frigatebird

The Christmas Island frigatebird (Fregata andrewsi) has a small declining population which breeds within on just one small island. Allrhough the birds leave the breeding grounds and disperse over a large part of the Indian Ocean, it is not known to breed anywhere else. The Christmas Island Frigatebird is the rarest of the five species …

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Oct 29 2014

Rarest birds of the World: chatham Island Shag (Phalacrocorax onslowi)

This species occupies a very area on the Chatham Islands, New Zealand. The past 10 years, surveys indicate that the species is in decline. In 2011 the population was estimated to be about 1000 individuals. The breeding colonies suffered much from agricultural activities and feral mammals. These colonial ground breeding species trample their eggs while …

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May 25 2013

Why the Cormorant can’t speak properly

Txamsem went walking, not knowing which way to turn. He went toward the sea; and, behold! he saw a house some distance away. He came near, entered, and sat down on one side of the fire. A man was there with his wife. This was the house of Chief Cormorant. The man’s wife arose and …

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May 09 2013

Bird stories, Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

The Kwakiutl coastal Indians of British Columbia say the birds did not select their own costumes, but that one of their ancestors painted all the birds he found at a certain place. When he reached the cormorant his colors were exhausted and he had only charcoal left, hence the cormorant is wholly black. A favorite …

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May 06 2013

Bird stories, Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

In Greek folklore fables the cormorant was once a wool-merchant. He entered into a partnership with the bramble and the bat, and they freighted a large ship with wool. She was wrecked and the firm became bankrupt. Since that disaster the bat skulks about until midnight to avoid his creditors, the cormorant is forever diving …

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May 04 2013

Bird stories, Brandts Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus)

Native dancers throughout California commonly blow bird bone whistles to accompany their movements. The shrill sound of the whistles was not appreciated by the 18th century Spanish explorer Pedro Fages, who encountered them among the Chumash. These people have been playing bird bone whistles for 3000 years, up to the present day. Archaeological examples include …

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May 02 2013

Bird stories, African Dwarf Kingfisher

The birds associated with elephants are a species of hornbill (kohekohe), yellow- spotted barbet (bururu) and amasanginbo (unidentified small birds). It is said that, if men approach an elephant, these birds fly around the elephants, making a noise at the ears to inform the elephants of danger. The dwarf and pygmy kingfishers (manganlako) are also …

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Dec 31 2011

Pseudo-eggs of brown sula leucogaster andblue-footed s. nebouxii boobies in the gulf of california, mexico

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) Science Article 4 abstract Pseudo-eggs, foreign round objects, notably eggs of other speciesor pebbles, are common in some ground-nesting species, and havebeen reported especially in larids (Sugden 1947, Twomey 1948,Coulter 1980, Conover 1985). As many as 10% of Ring-billedGull Larus delawarensis nests in Washington, USA includedpseudo-eggs (Conover 1985). The nests of …

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Dec 31 2011

Phylogeography of Sula: the role of physical barriers to gene flowin the diversification of tropical seabirds

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) Science Article 11 abstract We examined mitochondrial cytochrome b sequence variation in masked Sula dactylatra,red-footed S. sula, and brown S. leucogaster boobies sampled from islands inthe central and eastern Pacific Ocean and in the Caribbean Sea. Each species showeda different phylogeographic pattern. Whereas haplotypes in masked and red-footedboobies were shared across …

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Dec 31 2011

Dna fingerprinting and parentage in masked (sula dactylatra) and brown (s. leucogaster) boobies

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) Science Article 10 abstract Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra) and Brown Booby (S. leucogaster) are pantropical seabirds. These species are socially monogamous. Thus, males and females have a high investment in parental care. In this work, field observations and DNA fingerprinting were applied to investigate the breeding system of both species. Two …

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