A busy bird of the thickets, most common in the southeast. Although the White-eyed Vireo usually stays in dense cover, it is not always hard to see; it will come up to examine and scold a birder who stands near the bushes and makes squeaking sounds. Even when it remains out of sight, its snappy song is distinctive. In Bermuda, where the bird is common, it is widely known as “chick-of-the-village,” a good rendition of the song.
The Andean condor mates for life and nests at high elevations. It is thought that because of the heavy weight of the bird, it needs the altitude and strong air currents found in mountainous regions to get off the ground easily. The female lays one egg every other year right on the bare rock ledge and both parents participate in incubation and care of the chick. The chicks are not able to fly until they are 6 months old, and remain under their parent’s care for two years.
The Andean condor is found all along the western coast of South America, along the ridge of the Andes Mountains, although it is rare in the northern section of its range. Although mountains are its favourite locale, it is sometimes found in deserts, grasslands, or along the shore.
Hermit Thrushes sometimes forage by “foot quivering,” where they shake bits of grass with their feet to get insects. They also typically begin to quiver their feet as they relax after seeing a flying predator. Some scientists think the quivering happens as the bird responds to conflicting impulses to resume foraging or continue taking cover.
East of the Rocky Mountains the Hermit Thrush usually nests on the ground. In the West, it is more likely to nest in trees.
It may seem amazing that an ostrich’s thin legs can keep their large bodies upright. Their legs are perfectly placed so that the body’s center of gravity balances on top of its legs.
Their thin legs give them great speed and maneuverability, too. They can run up to 40 mph (64.3 km/h) for sustained periods of time, according to the American Ostrich Association.
Contrary to popular belief, ostriches don’t bury their heads in the sand, but they do lie down with their heads against the ground when they feel threatened. It only looks like the ostrich has buried its head because its head and neck blend in with the color of the sand.
Ostriches fight with their feet. They kick forward because that’s the direction in which their legs bend, according to the American Ostrich Association. A solid kick can kill a lion.
Ostrich feathers look shaggy because they hang loosely and don’t hook together like feathers on other types of birds.
Because of its history as a game bird, the Northern Bobwhite is one of the most intensively studied bird species in the world. Scientists have researched the impacts of various human activities, from pesticide application to prescribed burning, on both wild and captive bobwhites.
Last night on nexrad radar the birds are shown winging south.