Hundreds of bird species are on a track toward extinction. If these species blink out, we’ll have just one species to blame: ours — Marvelous Spatuletail — PLANET EARTH FLOWERS group

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The male Marvelous Spatuletail is a striking, high-energy spectacle, brandishing the purplish-blue spatules on its tail like a pair of castanets.

The birds wave these spatules around during communal courtship displays, which draw visiting females to observe and select a mate.

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BARBA AZUL NATURE RESERVE — BLUE THROATED MACAWS — PLANET EARTH FLOWERS group

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BLUE THROATED MACAWS

Record sighting of 155 Blue-throated Macaws confirms steady population growth at Barba Azul Nature Reserve.

On the 11 000 hectares (27 182 acres) of Barba Azul Nature reserve, Armonía successfully protects important roosting and feeding grounds for this species.

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BIRD OF THE WEEK — GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Regulus satrapa
POPULATION: 130 million
TREND: Decreasing
HABITAT: Breeds in boreal forest, winters in variety of forest habitats.

The tiny Golden-crowned Kinglet is one of the world’s smallest perching birds. At only five grams (about the weight of two pennies), it’s not much larger than a Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Its genus name, Regulus, means “little king,” and refers to the bright yellow and orange feathers that crown this bird’s black-and-white-striped head.

A Golden-crowned Kinglet needs to eat constantly to fuel a high body temperature and metabolic rate, both of which help combat the cold. If a kinglet goes without food for only a few hours during the day, it will starve and freeze to death.

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BIRD OF THE WEEK — CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Selasphorus calliope 
POPULATION: 4.5 million
TREND: Stable 
HABITAT: Breeds in open forest and edge, scrub, and meadows at higher elevations in the of western North America; winters in thorn and pine-oak forests and shrubby edges in western Mexico.

The Calliope Hummingbird is a tiny wonder – at only around 3 inches long, it’s the smallest breeding bird in Canada and the United States, and the smallest long-distance migratory bird in the world.

Female Calliope Hummingbird feeding on colombine_Robert Mutch, Shutterstock

When a female Calliope Hummingbird perches within his territory, the resident male swings into courtship mode, hovering in front of his potential mate with iridescent throat feathers spread into a shining starburst. He also makes a loud buzzing noise during this flashy display. If the female is suitably impressed, she leaves her perch and joins the male in an aerial dance, with both birds circling each other, sometimes even clasping bills.

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BIRD OF THE WEEK — PERUVIAN PLANTCUTTER — BOSQUE de POMAC NATIONAL SANCTUARY — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD has over 1,500 members and over 109,000.

BIRD OF THE WEEK

PERUVIAN PLANTCUTTER

The Peruvian Plantcutter is a cotinga, part of a diverse group of Neotropical birds that includes the Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Palkachupa Cotinga, and Andean Cock-of-the-rock.

Female-Peruvian-Plantcutter-in-Tumbesian-habitat_Photo-by-Jean-Paul-Perret-and-Dan-Lebbin

The Peruvian Plantcutter has a short, conical bill like a Northern Cardinal’s, but with an important addition — serrated edges. These tooth-like ridges allow the plantcutter to chew vegetation into a pulp before swallowing, which is something quite rare in the bird world. Plus, this bird has extra-efficient intestines that process large amounts (for a songbird) of plant material in a short time.

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