Helmeted hornbills, hummingbirds, hefty ancient birds, and more
A beautiful piece about why we should care about the birds around us.
The helmeted hornbill’s name spells its doom: The hornbill is hunted for its red helmet, which is smuggled into China. About 50 to 100 grams of it can fetch US$ 350 on the black market.
Fossils suggest that primitive birds of the dinosaur era were likely too heavy to incubate without fracturing their eggs, and that incubation may have evolved in modern birds.
The songs of this hummingbird species are so high-pitched they probably can’t be heard by other birds.
Two studies spanning two decades register catastrophic declines in bird numbers. All this thanks to a crash in insect population, which itself could be due to pesticide overuse.
The newly hatched bird was smaller than your pinkie and weighed only 10 grams.
Hint: Their poop gave them away.
Check out these bird figurines hand-sculpted by artist Katie Doka.
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