Club-winged manakin video

This video says about itself:

13 July 2016

Birds can use their feathers for much more than flight. In some species, for example, they produce sound. The secondary wing feathers of the male Club-Winged Manakin, a bird from South America, are large and rigid. He strikes them together at about 107 times per second to create a buzzing sound, which is used during courtship displays.

Saving birds in the Americas, video

This video from the American Bird Conservancy says about itself:

20+ Years of Results for Birds

9 August 2016

From taking on the toughest policy issues to safeguarding the rarest, ABC gets results for birds.

Wire-tailed manakin courtship display

This video says about itself:

13 July 2016

The Wire-tailed Manakin’s dance may be one of the most impressive in the bird world, but it can’t be performed on just any dance floor. Like many other species with elaborate displays, the male very carefully selects his dance site, also known as an exploded lek. He picks a location that is easily visible to females and then carefully maintains it, clearing away any debris that might obscure the view or get in the way of his performance.

This video accompanies Chapter 9, Avian Mating and Social Behavior, Handbook of Bird Biology 3rd Edition from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Wiley Publishing.

Wire-tailed manakins liver in South America.

Straight-billed woodcreeper feeding, video

This video says about itself:

Straight-billed Woodcreeper Breaks Down Large Insect

13 July 2016

This Straight-billed Woodcreeper has captured a substantial meal, but it is far too large for the bird to consume in one go. This problem is fixed by hitting the insect on a tree multiple times to break it into smaller, more manageable pieces that the bird can swallow.

Straight-billed Woodcreepers live in South America and Panama.

Anaconda, world’s biggest snake

This 24 May 2016 video is about anacondas; world’s biggest snake species.

I had the privilege of seeing an anaconda, resting on a river bank in Suriname. It was a young snake, not as big as the ones in this video.

Bird migration in the Americas, Internet map

This video is about bird migration.

Frpm the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA, about bird migration in the Americas:

Watch a Mesmerizing Migration Map

Watch the wonder and spectacle of bird migration captured on a single map. Using millions of bird observations from participants in eBird and the Great Backyard Bird Count, scientists at the Cornell Lab generated an animated map showing the annual journeys of 118 bird species. Watch how the routes change in spring and fall as birds ride seasonal winds to their international destinations. See the map in motion and read more.

Want to know which species is which? Check out the numbered key.