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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Les perruques vertes - The Green wigs

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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

PLANET EARTH FLOWERS has over 2,000 members and over 83,000 photos and videos.

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

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BIRD OF THE WEEK

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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RISE OF THE INTERIOR LEAST TERN — PLANET EARTH LANDSCAPES group

PLANET EARTH LANDSCAPES has over 7,700 members and over 283,000 photos and videos.

Contest — Bridges over Water

The Interior Least Tern, once considered rare, may soon be taken off the Endangered Species list, thanks to a partnership of ABC, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

The success is in part due to management techniques that keep predators off nesting sandbars on the Lower Mississippi River.

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BIRD CONSERVATION — Will Federal Policies Doom the Sage-Grouse to Extinction? — PLANET EARTH URBAN LANDSCAPES group

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Greenpeace * United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) * American Bird Conservancy

PLANET EARTH URBAN LANDSCAPES has 1,000 members and over 41,000 photos and videos.

Wildlife experts concluded in 2015 that the Greater Sage-Grouse, an iconic bird of the West, did not require listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), thanks to then-new federal management plans with added conservation requirements. Many conservation groups, including American Bird Conservancy, supported the monumental process leading up to these plansand the decision not to list this species under these circumstances.

Greater Sage-Grouse. Photo by Pat Gaines/Flickr

As it turned out, had the beleaguered bird been listed in 2015, we wouldn’t now be watching years of effort to save the Greater Sage-Grouse be washed away almost overnight. The many promises to conserve the grouse and its habitat are now purposefully being abandoned as the federal agencies are on the verge of finalizing new plans that remove essential safeguards.

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