ARKive :: Temminck’s tragopan (Tragopan temminckii)

ARKive – Temminck’s tragopan videos, photos and facts – Tragopan temminckii.

This is Temminck’s tragopan. You can’t tell me you don’t want one of these. This picture does this gorgeous bird no justice once you see the males in full-blown display. THIS IS CONSIDERED THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PHEASANT IN THE WORLD, PEOPLE! Chicks dig a blue beard flap, thing…

Polski: Tragopan modrolicy - głowa

Polski: Tragopan modrolicy – głowa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Alphabet Challenge :: U :: Ural Owl

Pitiful Posting and the Alphabet Challenge

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Ural Owls – Photo Gallery – Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine.

via Encyclopedia Britannica Kids

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Thecenterforbirdsofprey.org – Ural Owl

Fun fact about owl wing structure: in order to fly as silently as they do, their feathers lack barbicels. These are the third degree of feather structure after barbs and barbules that provide cohesion. Without them, the feathers are downy. They also act as insulation.

Alphabet Challenge :: R :: Roadrunner

Pitiful Posting and the Alphabet Challenge

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English: A Greater Roadrunner at the Visitor C...

English: A Greater Roadrunner at the Visitor Center, Death Valley National Park, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The roadrunner, also known as a chaparral bird or chaparral cock, is a speedy little bird that can be found in southwestern US and Mexico. The genus Geococcyx has 2 species, the Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx caliornianus) and the Lesser Roadrunner (Geococcyx velox). Like other members of the cuckoo family, they have zygodactyl feet (two toes in front, two in back). While roadrunners can fly,

via WIkipedia

they prefer sprinting (up to 20 mph) but will fly to escape predators. Roadrunners have a “coo” call, like a dove, as well as a chattering call. Despite living in such an arid climate, roadrunners are non-migratory birds. Roadrunners are opportunistic omnivores, but the Lesser Roadrunner eats mainly insects. Because of their speed, they are one of few animals that will take on a rattlesnake as prey.

Roadrunner vs. Rattlesnake

As you can see in the video, they have a knack for smashing prey on the ground. The tarantula hawk wasp‘s only real predator is a member of Geococcyx. In the desert climate, roadrunners enter a slight torpor at night and sun themselves in the morning by exposing dark skin patches. These birds either live in solitary or in pairs. They form monogamous pairs that may mate for life. This pairing is more than likely to support the bi-parental care of the 2-6 egg clutch. The eggs hatch asynchronously meaning the chicks that come out first probably have the best chance of survival. One or two weeks after hatching, one parents is always at the nest. When the chicks are 2-3 weeks old, they leave the nest but still forage with their parents for a few days.

And just because I have to…

Alphabet Challenge :: P :: Penguin Pics

Pitiful Posting and the Alphabet Challenge

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So, as I am behind on my post today, P IS FOR PENGUINS! Cause I freakin love penguins. …just not the Pittsburgh ones…they suck.

Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor) family exitin...

cute penguin couple - explored

cute penguin couple – explored (Photo credit: Adam Foster | Codefor)

One Gentoo Penguin and two King Penguins walki...

One Gentoo Penguin and two King Penguins walking on the beach at Moltke Harbour, South Georgia, British overseas territory, UK. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Macaroni Penguins at Cooper Bay, South Georgia

(Photo credit: Liam Quinn)

Rockhopper Penguins (Eudyptes chrysocome) pree...

Rockhopper Penguins (Eudyptes chrysocome) preening at Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire, England. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alright. I feel better now. Tomorrow’s post should be more thought out! ^_^

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Alphabet Challenge :: K :: Kori bustard

Pitiful Posting and the Alphabet Challenge

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ARKive – Kori bustard photo – Ardeotis kori – G61719.

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The Kori bustard, native to South Africa, is one of the heaviest flying birds (though they only fly when in serious danger) related to turkeys, condors and swans. They live in open grasslands and semi-deserts. Kori bustards forage on foot for insects, small rodents and lizards and vegetation such as seeds and wild melons. They have been known to inhabit recently burnt areas to feed on the new shoots and fleeing animals. In addition, they follow around herds of animals to feed on the disrupted insects. The species is polygamous so the male has no investment in parental care.
The following video shows a Kori Bustard taking flight to escape an Impala:
And here taking on some warthogs:

Pitiful Posting and the Alphabet Challenge

One of the great things about WordPress is the little calendar that shows you the days on which you’ve posted. One of the bad things about it is looking at that same calendar and seeing how sad and empty it looks. -_- To get myself back into the swing of posting, I’ve decided to start an Alphabet challenge. Hopefully I can kick-start myself into a blogging groove again with this. Below I’ll list each day, the letter, and as I pick my topic, I’ll come back here and add it. The one day that I probably won’t post on is June 8th. Blasted GRE. If I absolutely cannot find an animal or drug or something that follows the days letter, I’ll get creative.

June 4 – A – Antibodies

June 5 – B – Belgian Malinois

June 6 – C – Coral

June 7 – D – Dopamine

June 8 – GRE

June 11 – E – Elephant Shrew

June 12 – F – Flatworm Penis Fencing

June 13 – G – Grief

June 14 – Personal day

June 15 – H – Heart

June 18 – I – Indecisiveness

June 19 – J – Jerboa

June 20 – K – Kori Bustard

June 22 – L – Lyme disease

June 22 – M – Myopia and a Manatee

June 25 – N – Nervous System

June 26 – O – Olm

June 27 – P – Penguin Pics

June 28 – Q – Quoll

June 29 – R – Roadrunner

July 2 – S – Surinam Toad

**3 DAY HIATUS**

July 6 – T – Two-toed Sloth

July 9 – U – Ural Owl

July 10 – V – Vaquita

July 11 – W – Wolverine

July 12 – X – Xoloitzcuintli

July 13 – Y – Yosemite Toad

July 16 – Z – Zany Life

Why Woodpeckers Don’t Get Concussions | Traumatic Brain Injury & Head Protection | LiveScience

Ladder-Backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris), ...

Ladder-Backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris), Male, Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix, Arizona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why Woodpeckers Don’t Get Concussions | Traumatic Brain Injury & Head Protection | LiveScience.

Woodpeckers can withstand the forces generated by their pecking which can reach 1000 times gravity. Humans, on average can withstand 46 times gravity.

Researchers had previously figured out that thick neck muscles diffuse the blow, and a third inner eyelid prevents the birds’ eyeballs from popping out. Now, scientists from Beihang University in Beijing and the Wuhan University of Technology have taken a closer look at the thick bone that cushions a woodpecker’s brain.

The spongy bone in the skull of the woodpecker makes a huge difference. Trabeculae, beamlike projections that make up the mesh of the plate, are quite numerous in the skull plate and are closer together than in other birds. As for the beak of the woodpecker, it may not be stronger than other bird’s, but may instead be designed to absorb the forces created by pecking. This could make great strides in developing protection from brain injuries in humans.