BIRD OF THE WEEK — INDIGO BUNTING — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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BIRD OF THE WEEK

INDIGO BUNTING

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Passerina cyanea

POPULATION: 78 million

TREND: Decreasing

HABITAT: Shrubby areas such as old fields, hedgerows, and forest edges.

A male Indigo Bunting in breeding plumage is a glorious symphony of shimmering blues, turquoises, and purples. But these beautiful colors are illusory.

Bunting owes its glorious appearance to an optical trick — the diffraction of light through its feathers. In poor lighting, the bunting’s glorious colors disappear and it becomes a plain, dark-colored finch.

But Indigo Buntings are more than a treat for the eyes — this species also helped reveal some important secrets about how birds migrate.

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) — Nansen Award finalist gives girls in Jordan a sporting chance — PLANET EARTH OUR HOME group

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Reclaim Childhood, a non-profit sports programme for refugee and local girls in Jordan. The programme’s aims are threefold: to provide a safe space for girls to play, to connect different refugee and local communities that may not otherwise interact, and to empower women and girls through participation in sport.

 

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GREENPEACE

What could possibly go wrong?

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