You probably won’t have heard of it and with good reason, but the Vorombe titan has been declared the largest bird in the world. At least it would be the largest if it hadn’t become extinct! A distinct species of elephant bird, this enormous creature was native to Madagascar but disappeared some 1000 years ago […]
The BBC’s Blue Planet series never ceases to amaze and is always an attention grabber. A recent episode highlighted the wonderful wandering albatross. But these beautiful birds have experienced a serious decline in numbers over the last thirty years. New research has revealed that there are only half as many breeding pairs as were found […]
The Liberian Greenbul was an exceptionally rare songbird. So rare, indeed, that there was just one deceased specimen for scientists to study. The bird was first spotted in a West African forest 25 years ago. It exhibited distinctive white spots across its plumage that distinguished it from its common cousin, the Icterine Greenbul. Greenbul Mystery […]
It must be incredibly frustrating when you are sure that a species exists but you can never manage to catch a glimpse of it. That’s exactly the problem which has plagued scientists in Australia who have been searching for the illusive night parrot. This bird had been considered extinct until a naturalist managed to photograph […]
Considered to be the ultimate delicacy or the caviar of birds in France, the Ortolan has been a controversial creature for more than two decades. In 1999 the Ortolan became a protected species but that hasn’t stopped poachers from seeking them out. The tiny buntings were once a feature of the menus in the finest […]
Sometimes dedicated birdwatchers who feed the birds in their garden get the reward they deserve! A very rare rose-coloured starling has been spotted in an Ipswich garden by keen twitcher Rosie Forest. So, Rosie spotted a rosy! Birdwatchers have been flocking to Rosie’s garden in the hope of seeing the unusual visitor.
New Zealand is a nation which is renowned for its birds and the distinctive native species were once the undisputed kings of the nation. The distinctive birds remained free of predators for millions of years. This meant that many species evolved to be flightless as they were safe living on the ground. but then humans […]
The vast majority of swans which you may see in the British countryside are white. The beautiful white mute swan is a common site but you may also stumble across a black swan. The black swan (Cygnus atratus) is a native of Australia but several of these striking birds are now living in the wild […]
We have talked about egg collecting previously on this blog. It is a hobby which is now illegal but unfortunately some people have no regard for the law or the effect that their activities have on wildlife populations. Indeed, it appears than some people will stop at nothing to get what they want. Recently a […]
Exotic birds and reptiles are fascinating creatures and many people across the globe love to keep and collect them. These animals have become valuable commodities as a result and so in spite of the laws in place to protect them, many species are being driven to the brink of extinction by the pet trade.