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The great horned owl (Bubo virginianus), also known as the tiger owl (originally derived from early naturalists' description as the "winged tiger" or "tiger of the air") or the hoot owl,[2] is a large owlnative to the Americas. It is an extremely adaptable bird with a vast range and is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas.[3] Its primary diet is rabbits and haresrats and mice, and voles, although it freely hunts any animal it can overtake, including rodents and other small mammals, larger mid-sized mammalsbirdsreptilesamphibians, and invertebrates. In ornithological study, the great horned owl is often compared to the Eurasian eagle-owl (Bubo bubo), a closely related species, which despite the latter's notably larger size, occupies the same ecological niche in Eurasia, and the red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), with which it often shares similar habitat, prey, and nesting habits by day, thus is something of a diurnal ecological equivalent.[4] The great horned owl is one of the earliest nesting birds in North America, often laying eggs weeks or even months before other raptorial birds.

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The eyes of great horned owls are among the largest of terrestrial vertebrates.

The great horned owl is the heaviest extant owl in Central and South America and is the second-heaviest owl in North America, after the closely related, but very different-looking snowy owl. It is heavily built, with a barrel-shaped body, a large head, and broad wings.[6]Its size can vary considerably across its range, with populations in interior Alaska and Ontariobeing largest and populations in California and Texas being smallest, though those from the Yucatán Peninsula and Baja California appear to be even smaller. Adult great horned owls range in length from 43 to 64 cm (17 to 25 in), with an average of 55 cm (22 in), and possess a wingspan of 91 to 153 cm (3 ft 0 in to 5 ft 0 in), with an average of 122 cm (48 in). Females are somewhat larger than males. Mean body weight is 1,608 g (3.545 lb) for females and 1,224 g (2.698 lb) for males. Depending on subspecies, maximum weight can reach 2,503 g (5.518 lb).

 

 

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This bird is called  Wilson's Bird of Paradise.

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Wilson's bird-of-paradise is rather small. Males can reach a length of 16 centimetres (6.3 in) (21 cm including central rectrices) and a weight of 53–67 g., while females can reach a length of 16 cm,but a weight of 52–60 g. The male is a red and black bird-of-paradise, with a yellow mantle on its neck, light green mouth, rich blue feet and two curved violet tail feathers. The head is naked blue, with a black double cross pattern on it. The female is a brownish bird with bare blue crown.

In the field, the blue bare skin on the crown of the bird's head is so vivid that it is clearly visible by night; the deep scarlet back and velvet green breast are lush, the curlicue tail gleaming bright silver.  Related imageIts preferred habitat is the hill forest at 300 m of altitude, more rarely the lowland rainforest and the middle mountain forest.  An Indonesian endemic, the Wilson's bird-of-paradise is distributed to the hill and lowland rainforests of Waigeo and Batanta Islands off West Papua.

 

It is an endangered species.

 

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In honor of the Christmas holiday season, I present...

THE PARTRIDGE

 

 

 

 

And in remembrance of one of Christmas' favorite holiday songs "The Twelve Days of Christmas,"  I present..

a partridge in a pear tree.  (Photo may have been  photoshopped.)

 

Partridges are medium-sized non-migratory birds, with a wide native distribution throughout the Old World, including Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa. They are sometimes grouped in the Perdicinae subfamily of the Phasianidae (pheasants, quail, etc.). However, molecular research suggests that partridges are not a distinct taxon within the family Phasianidae, but that some species are closer to the pheasants, while others are closer to the junglefowl.

 

These are medium-sized birds, intermediate between the larger pheasants and the smaller quail.  Partridges are native to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Some species are found nesting on steppes or agricultural land, while others species prefer more forested areas. They nest on the ground and have a diet consisting of seeds, grapes and insects.

Species such as the grey partridge and the red-legged partridge are popular as game birds, and are often reared in captivity and released for the purpose of hunting. For the same reason, they have been introduced into large areas of North America.

 

Partridge in snow...

 

Partridges in love or...in like.  Smile.

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Brilliantly coloured golden pheasants have been made a rare appearance in a snowy habitat in China's central province of Henan. The reclusive bird, also known as the “fire phoenix” or Chinese pheasant, is a Class II protected species in China because their numbers have been decreasing.4 days ago

 

Males have a golden-yellow crest with a hint of red at the tip. The face, throat, chin, and the sides of neck are rusty tan. The wattles and orbital skin are both yellow in colour, and the ruff or cape is light orange. The upper back is green and the rest of the back and rump is golden-yellow. The tertiaries are blue whereas the scapulars are dark red. Other characteristics of the male plumage are the central tail feathers, black spotted with cinnamon, as well as the tip of the tail being a cinnamon buff. The upper tail coverts are the same colour as the central tail feathers. The male also has a scarlet breast, and scarlet and light chestnut flanks and underparts. Lower legs and feet are a dull yellow.

The female (hen) is much less showy, with a duller mottled brown plumage similar to that of the female common pheasant. She is darker and more slender than the hen of that species, with a proportionately shorter tail (half her 60–80 cm (24–31 in) length). The female's breast and sides are barred buff and blackish brown, and the abdomen is plain buff. She has a buff face and throat. Some abnormal females may later in their lifetime get some male plumage. Lower legs and feet are a dull yellow.

Both males and females have yellow legs and yellow bills.

 

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Despite how tired my body feels right now.....

 

This is how I feel in my mind!!!

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Photographer Captured The Image Of A Tiny Owl Hiding From Rain Under A Mushroom

 

Sometimes, the cutest things on earth are hidden from our eyes. But thanks to modern technology, most of the times these hidden things are brought in to focus. Recently, we came across with such a cute picture of a tiny owl hidden behind a giant mushroom. It was pretty and it seemed that many people were also awed with the picture. A few hours after releasing it, the picture went viral and might even have appeared in your News Feed! So, we thought of interviewing (She has done this interview few years back) the photographer, Tanja Brandt to know the story behind the picture. Speaking to us she said,

Poldi, our little owl is 1,5 years old. I got him when he was five months old. He didn’t want to come out of his egg and he was very small, the smallest. His six sisters were all hatched, and as he was the last to be born, days after the others, he was very small. I also have a Harris Hawk named Phönix, a Weissgesichtseule named Gandalf, and a snow owl named Uschi”.

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@DaveMcK, in my previous post, I commented on how creative God can be with neutrals.  But oh my goodness....how He outdoes himself when working in living color!
 

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Good morning to all of the Bird Watchers on the Front Porch!

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@DaveMcK, I love your pics as usual.  Isn't it amazing what God can do with neutral colors? 

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Just beautiful!

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