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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.planetofbirds.com/rarest-birds-in-the-world-christmas-island-frigatebird

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.planetofbirds.com/rarest-birds-of-the-world-chatham-island-shag-phalacrocorax-onslowi

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.planetofbirds.com/why-the-cormorant-cant-speak-properly

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.planetofbirds.com/bird-stories-double-crested-cormorant-phalacrocorax-auritus

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.planetofbirds.com/bord-stories-great-cormorant-phalacrocorax-carbo

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.planetofbirds.com/brandts-cormorant-phalacrocorax-penicillatus

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.planetofbirds.com/bird-stories-african-dwarf-kingfisher

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.planetofbirds.com/brown-booby-article-4

Dec 31 2011

First atlantic records of the red-footed booby sula sulaand brown booby s. leucogaster in southern africa

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) Science Article 12 abstract The Red-footed Booby Sula sula and the Brown Booby S. leucogaster occur in most tropical seas (Harrison 1983). Both species have been recorded previously in the southern Africanregion (Maclean 1993, Hockey et al. 1992, 1996). Three additional records are reported here for the Red-footed Booby and one …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.planetofbirds.com/brown-booby-article-12

Dec 31 2011

Nazca booby sula granti and brewster’s brown boobysula leucogaster brewsteri in the hawaiian islandsand johnston and palmyra atolls

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) Science Article 3 abstract Nazca Booby (Sula granti) and Brewster’s Brown Booby (S. leucogaster brewsteri) are tropical sulids that normally occur only in the easternPacific Ocean. In this paper, we report on recent observations of Nazca Booby and Brewster’s Brown Booby in the Hawaiian Islands, includingthe first apparent nesting records, and …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.planetofbirds.com/brown-booby-article-3

Older posts «