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Tetrapod Zoology

My local magpie family: four weeks of observation, 265 photos, and how good are the results?

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Over the past few months, a pair of European magpies Pica pica have been nesting in one of the short trees I have growing in my front garden, and within the last couple of weeks, their two young fledged and all four birds moved off. I was thrilled: I love watching corvids and I was [...]

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Birding in Brazil: a view from suburban Rio de Janeiro

Masked water-tyrant chicks encountered in a tree. Photo by Darren Naish.

As might be obvious from several of the more recent Tet Zoo articles, I’ve lately been to Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. And what could I do there but look at – and photograph (or try to photograph) – birds. Well, I was there for the 2013 International Symposium on Pterosaurs, but I didn’t spend [...]

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‘Mystery’ birds from Brazil

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While in Rio recently (for the International Symposium on Pterosaurs: see write-up here), I saw an enormous number of birds, virtually all of which were new to me. I photographed many of them (some were too elusive, or too fleetingly seen, to be captured on film, alas) and, when time allows, I’ve been going through [...]

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In pursuit of the Rook

Any adventures about the more rural parts of the UK typically involve (for me, anyway) a lot of looking at the Rook Corvus frugilegus, a remarkable Old World corvid that occurs from the far western shores of the UK and France all the way east to Japan (it’s generally absent from the cold northern parts [...]

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Great tits: still murderous, rapacious, flesh-rending predators!

Thanks to Ville Sinkkonen, I’ve just learnt of this Finnish news article: it reports wildlife photographer Lassi Kujala’s discovery of more than ten Common redpolls Carduelis flammea killed by Great tits Parus major. A Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella was killed as well. I understand that tits are called titmice in some parts of the world. So, [...]

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Eurylaimides, Tyrannida and Furnariida: the suboscine passerines

Here’s a brief extract from the birds chapter (Naish 2012) of The Complete Dinosaur, second edition, with some slight tweaks [get the book here on Amazon.com; here on Amazon.co.uk]. Much more on this volume soon. The section of text here is on suboscine passerines. Within passerines (the so-called ‘perching birds’), molecular work shows that New Zealand [...]

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Obscure, extravagant tropical crows

The word ‘crow’ typically conjures up an image of a reasonable large, typically black, typically unadorned passerine bird. Crows of this kind occur just about worldwide with the exception of South America and Antarctica – they’re very successful birds. But far less well known is that there is also a really interesting assortment of brightly [...]

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