At last week’s Sunday Birdie Brunch we talked about the the differences of beaks among various species of (exotic) birds. Wikipedia had a very specific list if you remember based on the”soft food” diets. This breaks down to six categories and you can read about that here
We have tens of thousands of bird images on our servers. I I’ve uploaded every one of them. This softbill list triggered a “mind’s eye” visual for me that I’d like to digitally create & share with you. When someone refers to a bird as a “soft bill” you’ll now have a small sample of the birds to visualize.
I found it’s best to grab your favorite beverage, put some acoustic music on and slowly scroll down the page – it’s quite calming.
Corvids (which covers crows, ravens,
rooks, jackdaws, jays, magpies, treepies, choughs and nutcrackers)
I love that picture:-) Feathered factoid: in highly polluted metropolitan areas around the world, scientists have discovered species like house finches in Mexico City that intentionally weave cigarette butts into their nests.
Apparently these birds have learned that the residual nicotine is good at helping prevent parasites from entering the nest and affecting the babies. The cigarette butts make great construction material too.
Nicotine is after all an insecticide. Tobacco plants fight off beetles by producing nicotine which means (and here’s your “wow man” moment) – the addictive buzz that smokers get, is a result of a tobacco plants natural avoidance reaction system (beetle battling nicotine production) – back to the birds – but WAIT.
Sorry my ADD is getting the best to me – you gotta see this crow SNOW SLEDDING video!
See,the world IS a better place now and whoda thunk these diverse species all had one thing in common, a soft bill?
written by mitch rezman
approved by catherine tobsing