June 2010: There is renewed hope for the future of two beautiful birds that had become locally extinct on Australia’s Montebello Islands. Thirty one black and white fairy wrens and 38 spinifexbirds have been released after being airlifted from Barrow Island to Hermite Island, 130km off the Pilbara coast. The project was part of major conservation drive to establish new populations: here.
Male splendid fairy-wrens, a sexually promiscuous small bird native to Australia, are known to sing a special song each time they hear the call of one of their predators, the butcherbirds. New research from scientists at the University of Chicago finds that this seemingly dangerous behavior actually serves as a call to potential mates – a flirtation using fear: here.
Purple-crowned fairy wren: here.
“It’s like Vogue for birds,” says Erin Estell, a bird trainer at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, of photographer Andrew Zuckerman’s latest book, Bird. Estell worked closely with Zuckerman as he caught the beauty of these birds on camera: here.
Do birds pair for life or do they get divorced? Find out here.