Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Black Star Chicken

Black Star Chicken aka. Black Sex-Link Chicken aka. The Last Thing You Thought Would Come Up When You Searched for "Sex Link" on Wikipedia
Berkeley, California, USA
Member of the Junglefowl Family
*true chicken fact* Kept as pets and as sources of food, Chickens are the most numerous bird on the planet, with a population of over 24 billion. They were first domesticated on the Indian Subcontinent around 8000 years ago for the purpose of cockfighting. Sadly we have not treated The Chicken any better since then. Most Chickens in the world are probably suffering horrifically.

*true Black Star fact* Not recognized as a 'true breed' by either the birding or poultry industries, Black Stars are cross-breeds, bred in such a way that a chick's gender is apparent from birth. This is why she is called Sex-Link. Having differently colored chicks makes the sorting process easier.

§A Brood of Chickens§

Has a funny accent that is vaguely familiar, but unplaceable
Fusses over you like a close friend's mom
Actually has been forced to flee her home country because of a horrible civil war or something, don't you feel bad for making fun of her accent now?
Has some kind of messed-up views of the world, but only because she has been through so much
Big ups to www.mypetchicken.com (a literal, real website) for help on the birds facts today.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Anna's Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird
Oakland, California, USA
Member of the Hummingbird Family
*true bird fact* A recent study has discovered that Anna's Hummingbird can shake faster than any other vertebrate at an outstanding 55 shakes per second (55sps). They do this to shake off dust, dirt, and pollen while in flight.
§A Bouquet of Hummingbirds§

A Hummingbird who has joined a secret society and must wear a mask
Mostly just spies, sometimes does horrible things
Rejoins polite society, friends and family none the wiser
Mostly eats jewelry, like all hummingbirds

Wait a second Amateurnithologist! You didn't think you'd get away with not telling us who 'Anna' is and why she possesses this hummingbird, didya?
Oh non-existent fan-base, I'd never leave you hanging like that!

Naturalist Profile: René Primevère Lesson
Fought in the Napoleonic wars as a teenager. Mainly served on naval vessels as a surgeon or pharmacist. After his tour of duty, went on one of those very popular round-the-world voyages and described many new species. He has the interesting distinction of being the first European to see Birds of Paradise during his trip to New Guinea. He went on to focus on hummingbirds, granting names to them of oddly specific members of French aristocracy. Anna's Hummingbird is named after Anna Masséna, Duchess of Rivoli. Prior to his observations it was believed that these birds perhaps did not have feet (they do). Also an accomplished herpetologist, who described many species of reptile and amphibian for the first time.

Contributions to Ornithology: Hummingbirds (var), Birds of Paradise (var), Two books on the subject; Manuel d'Ornithologie (1828), Traité d'Ornithologie (1831).

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Hey Man, Nice Bird: American White Pelican

American White Pelican
Corte Madera, California, USA
Member of the Pelican Family
~true bird fact~ Quite a social bird, they live in colonies of up to 10,000. They usually fish in groups so that they can guide fish towards each other.
★Longest Bird in North America (50-70 inches)★
 §A Pod of Pelicans§

 How endangered are they? Various agricultural chemicals, mainly DDT, led to a massive decline in AWP populations in the mid 20th century. Since stricter environment regulations have come into effect, their numbers have rebounded significantly. Although it is estimated that there are a healthy 100,000 wild American White Pelicans, they are still a California Species of Special Concern (CSC) because their habitats are still threatened by shoreline erosion and the occasional chemical spill.

Has a gentle touch
Believes in destiny, sees a purpose for all things
Never seems to get upset, even in the most trying of situations
Seemingly immune to trends and fashion