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Farmers hold key to survival of threatened bird species, says RSPB 

By WMNPBowern | Ocober 29, 2015 Farmers hold the key to saving the Westcountry’s most threatened bird species, Britain’s biggest conservation charity said today. The RSPB said farmers had stepped in before to make special efforts to ensure the survival of at-risk birds – and they could do so again. The charity’s spokesman in the South West, Tony Whitehead, was responding to a report from the government into the state of farmland birds – and to international research into UK species at …

Chernobyl’s lesson: Tell it to the birds

By Rupa Sengupta | October 16, 2015 It has flaming orange and blue feathers, a long orange beak and round dark eyes. It’s a thing of beauty, of grace, of plucky unselfconsciousness. Meet the male moustached kingfisher, long dubbed “ghost bird” for rarely, if ever, having been sighted. Sadly, what I’ve described is only an image recently circulating in the media. Reportedly, Christopher Filardi of the American Museum of Natural History captured this rare bird in Guadalcanal in the Solomon …

New Species of Ancient Shorebird Identified from New Zealand Fossils 

… bird that provides a key morphological link between the two groups,” Dr De Pietri said. “The discovery of Hakawai melvillei has confirmed our thinking that the ancestors of the Plains-wanderer and seedsnipes were wading birds, like most other shorebirds.” To continue reading this article, please click on the link below: Source: New Species of Ancient Shorebird Identified from New Zealand Fossils | Paleontology | Sci-News.com …

Bird poo spider fires up Hilton

By Chelsea Pieterse, The Witness | October 12, 2015 Pietermaritzburg – A new species of spider, cleverly ­disguised as a bird dropping, has been discovered by Hilton College Environmental Education and Conservation head John Roff. The spider, known as Hilton ­Pasilobus, was first discovered by Roff in 2006 when he noticed the species’s unusual looking egg case. “The spider has a very distinctive egg case. When I saw it, I knew I had found something unusual,” said Roff. “I went …