Category Archives: birds

Guadalupe Caracara

“No kid is safe from their attacks. Should a number be together, the birds unite their forces, and, with great noise and flapping of their wings, generally manage to separate the weakest one and dispatch it….The birds are cruel to … Continue reading

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Laughing Owl

Look at how handsome he is. This is another New Zealand bird. His cry sounded like “a series of dismal shrieks frequently repeated”,  or, alternately, as “a peculiar laughing cry, uttered with a descending scale of notes”. No one is … Continue reading

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Bird of the Day: Governor’s Island Edition

Live Action Birdwatching on Governor’s Island. This hawk swooped down and all the birds in the neighborhood said, ‘Uh, I’m leaving now.”

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Huia

From New Zealand. The Maori prized their feathers and wore them in battle. They made jewelry, amulets and carved boxes especially to hold Huia feathers. They gave them to each other as tokens of friendship and of respect, and used … Continue reading

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Ohahu O’O

John Zorn named an album after this guy. They were a kind of honeyeater.

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Mamo

Generations of Hawaiian Royalty trapped Mamos and used their yellow rump feathers for ceremonial royal war cloaks. The Kings of Hawaii supposed ruled that anyone who trapped a Mamo was prevented from killing it, and were required to turn them … Continue reading

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Birds of the day, post-vacation edition

I’m still getting back in the swing of things.

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