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Agami heron (Agamia agami)

The agami heron is a medium-sized heron. It is a resident breeding bird from Central America south to Peru and Brazil. The agami heron’s habitat is forest swamps and similar wooded wetlands. They nest in colonies on platforms of sticks in trees over water, which may gather more than 100 nests. It is short-legged for a heron, but has a very long thin bill. Agami herons stalk their fish prey in shaded shallow water, often standing still or moving very slowly. They rarely wade in open water. They also take frogs, small reptiles, and snails.

photo credits: Leonardo C. Fleck, agamiheron, Leif G


We see it blue, but how is it seen by his fellows? - Some facts about avian vision

No way to know really. Although we tend to be somewhat self-satisfied with our own color vision, it is not particularly well developed when compared with that of most vertebrates. The color vision of most humans relies on three types of retinal cone photoreceptors, all of them neurally integrated in the assessment of spectral radiances and thus in the perception of color, our colors are mapped in three-dimensional color space (we are “trichromatic”).

In contrast, most birds have four types of cone involved in their color vision and are likely to be tetrachromatic. The consequence of four cone pigments, and tetrachromacy in particular, is that birds see the world differently from humans and in a way for which it is hard to compensate because we simply lack the neural machinery.

There are also other additional physiological differences that limit our appreciation of a bird’s view of the world. First, most of the retinal cones of birds contain oil droplets with high carotenoid content that act as spectral filters and modify the spectral sensitivities of the cones. Second, birds are sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths, whereas humans are not.

The differences between human and avian vision mean that, for many purposes, human vision, or standards derived from human psychophysics, are inappropriate for studying bird visual behavior.

In the case of the ‘bluest’ birds, those that have the highest percentage of blue feathers on the body, such as the Black-naped Monarch (Hypothymis azurea), it is known that these ornamental feathers reflect light maximally at the shortest wavelengths (UV), with the greatest intensity and the greatest contrast. 

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Henry Koh | Locality: Kaen Krachan National Park, Thailand (2013)

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The memory of forests

by Zeb Andrews

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  1. wolpertingersandwhiskey said: Oh no please laugh, laughing is good for you! :>

S’cool bro you fixed it ages ago. With mind powers. And/or bara. Mostly mind powers.


On rare years when the conditions are right in the arid landscape of the Badlands, in the American West, wildflowers burst into a display of colour for just a few days.
The vegetation in the region has adapted to the climate, with just a small amount of moisture the desert can become coloured with sweeping fields of Scorpion Weed, Beeplant and the flowers of the Pincushion Cacti. These blooms can be very short-lived to conserve moisture.

Photographs by Guy Tal

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Ladybird Spider - Eresus cinnaberinus ♂ 

Needless to say why these spiders are known as Ladybird Spiders. Eresus cinnaberinus (Araneae - Eresidae) is one of the most attractive species of its genus, and also one of the most rare.

They live in a vertical tube brownish silk that emerges from the ground, with a series of blue strands, anchored in the ground or nearby objects. The female, black, moves her eggs to the outside during the day and returns them to the nest at night, to maintain a constant temperature. These photos shows a wanderer male, probably looking for a female to mate.

The species occurs in Northern and Central Europe. However, it exhibits two disjunctly distributed color and phenological variants. So, Eresus cinnaberinus was split into two presumptive species: E. cinnaberinus and E. sandaliatus

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Alfonso Pereira | Locality: Soria, Spain (2011) | [Top] - [Bottom]

I cannot laugh at anything today.
I am void.


Zabulon Skipper (Poanes zabulon)

Skippers have larger eyes and shorter antennae than other groups of  “true” butterflies. When males find a perch they like, they may defend their territory for up to a week.

Photo by SERC volunteer Sally Parker

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Dragon Snake (Xenodermus javanicus)

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Amazon’s Biggest Fish Faces Threat of Extinction

by Elizabeth Palermo

Measuring 10 ft (3 m) long and weighing in at more than 400 lbs (180 kg), it’s hard to imagine that the arapaima, the largest fish in the Amazon River basin, could ever go missing. But these huge fish are quickly disappearing from Brazilian waterways, according to a new study.

A recent survey of fishing communities in the state of Amazonas, Brazil, found that the arapaima is already extinct in some parts of the Amazon basin. In other parts of the Amazon, its numbers are rapidly dwindling…

(read more: Live Science)

photo by Sergio Ricardo de Oliveira

I met one of the few arapaima researchers last year (Dr. Don Stewart from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry). He’s a cool guy: he loves these fish and he hates the declines that he’s witnessed. He just wants people to understand why they’re important and why conservation matters. Plus, he does some awesome citizen science by getting the natives involved!

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Glass frogs.

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Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus)

The kagu is a crested, long-legged, and bluish-grey bird endemic to the dense mountain forests of New Caledonia. Almost flightless, it spends its time on or near the ground, where it hunts its invertebrate prey, and builds a nest of sticks on the forest floor. Kagu are territorial. The kagu is exclusively carnivorous, feeding on a variety of animals with annelid worms, snails and lizards being amongst the most important prey items. Also taken are larvae, spiders, centipedes and insects such as grasshoppers, bugs, and beetles. Kagus are monogamous breeders, generally forming long-term pair bonds that are maintained for many years, even possibly life. Kagu can be long lived, with birds in captivity living for over 20 years. While laying only one egg each breeding season, incubation duties are shared by the parents. Each bird will incubate the egg for 24 hours, with the changeover occurring around noon each day. It is classified as “endangered" by the IUCN.

photo credits: Scott Meyer, Scott McLeod, earthear