The Swallow-tailed Kite rarely flap its wings while flying, but it almost continuously rotates its tail, often to nearly 90 degrees, in order to hold a heading, make a sharp turn, or trace tight circles while drifting across the sky.
The Swallow-tailed Kite is perhaps the most adept and acrobatic flier of all the raptors.
My little friend is a male American Kestrel. He loves his walk around the park.
All of the Birds of Prey at Moccasin Lake Park have a disability that prevents them from returning to the wild. Other birds at the park we care for : Barred Owl, Great-horned Owls, Screech Owls, Barn Owl, Black Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Swallow-tailed Kite and Mississippi Kites.
The beauty of nature live-streams is that you never know what might happen. Take, for instance, the Osprey nest camera hosted by Audubon and Explore.org on Audubon’s Hog Island. It is full of surprises.
During breeding season, the cam is great for checking up on a nesting pair of Ospreys nicknamed Rachel and Steve. But twice the cam has captured the drama of a Bald Eagle attacking their nest. And now this morning it picked up an incredible rarity, the first confirmed sighting of a Vermilion Flycatcher in Maine. At 7:17 a.m., the unexpected visitor took a brief respite on a large branch extending from the Osprey nest.
This handsome fellow is very far from home—Vermilion Flycatchers in the United States usually stick to the Southwest. That said, the birds have developed a reputation for wandering off course during migration, with scattered records as far afield as Washington state and Quebec, according to expert birder and Audubon field editor Kenn Kaufman.
What’s also surprising, Kaufman adds, is that the bird stopped by in the spring. Most off-course Vermilions are reported during fall, he says. Even though the male is not a full adult, getting to see its bright-red breeding plumage was a treat for web-cam viewers. And while the bird looked like a blurry red smudge from afar, one watcher was able to zoom in close on the flycatcher and its scarlet feathers before the bird flitted off—perhaps to begin its long journey back home.
The Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus) also known as lesser Pied Hornbill, is a hornbill. Hornbills are a family of tropical near-passerine birds found in the Old World. The Malabar Pied Hornbill is a common resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Borneo. Its habitat is evergreen and moist deciduous forests, often near human settlements.
This species is omnivorous, taking fruits, small mammals, birds, small reptiles, insects etc. Prey is killed and swallowed whole.
In central India, tribals believed that hanging a skull of the hornbill (known as dhanchidiya) brought wealth.
The Indian Peafowl is a pheasant and is the oldest known ornamental bird. The Peacock has a royal blue neck, chest and head with a little blue crown and black eyes. His feathers are iridescent blues, greens and browns. Each of his feathers has an “eye” at the outer end. When the feathers are displayed, the eye marking on the feathers serve to attract his partner and put her in the mood for mating. The tail feathers vary in length and the eyes are spread out throughout the display. He also has 20 light brown tail feathers which are much shorter and support his fan display. The female Peahen is brown overall but still has an iridescent green sheen and a white belly. She has a crown of the same color
The Indian Peafowl is native to India. It was transported to other countries by sailors.