Bird Banding Program Manager, Annie Lindsay, shows off a very special bird, a juvenal cedar waxwing, which was the 800,000th bird banded at Powdermill Nature Reserve in Pennsylvania. (Image courtesy of Powdermill Nature Reserve.)

Wild grey parrots taking flight (Credit: Andrew Bernard, USFWS / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)


Glossy black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami) fly in for a drink of water during the devastating Australian bush fires of 2020. The glossy black cockatoo is one of is one of Australia’s rarest cockatoo species. The red tail panels reveal these are two males. (Credit: Bowerbirdaus / CC BY-SA 4.0 International)


A bluebird of happiness. Adult male mountain bluebird (Sialia currucoides). (Credit: Sunny / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)


Adult male Iberá seedeater (Sporophila iberaensis) (left; image credit Abel Fleita) and adult male tawny-bellied seedeater (Sporophila hypoxantha) (right; image credit Sheela Turbek) live alongside each other without obvious ecological barriers to reproduction. They recognize their species by song and plumage colors. (Image composite created by GrrlScientist.)


A small flock of rosy-faced lovebirds (Agapornis roseicollis). These small parrots became established in Arizona after pet lovebirds were intentionally released or escaped. (Credit: Charles J. Sharp / CC BY-SA 4.0)


Fire ants (genus: Solenopsis) are annoying and sometimes dangerous pests throughout the southeastern United States. There are more than 200 species of ants that both sting and bite. (Credit: Stephen Ausmus, USDA / Public Domain)


An adult double-banded plover (Charadrius bicinctus), also known as known as the banded dotterel or pohowera in New Zealand, in nuptial plumage. This ground-nesting shorebird is one of the three bird species that could most benefit from scent deception of invasive mammalian predators. (Credit: Andrej Chudý / CC BY-ND 3.0)


Adult male cerulean warbler (Dendroica cerulea). This migratory songbird breeds in eastern North America and depends on shaded coffee plantations in Central and South America during the winter. This traditional farming technique is at risk as coffee prices fluctuate and as pressure to switch to higher-yield sun coffee or other crops intensifies. (Credit: Mdf / CC BY-SA 3.0)


A 4600 year old painting from a tomb in Egypt depicts an extinct and previously unknown species of goose

Meidum Geese (Detail), Tomb of Nefermaat and Itet. Is this an extinct goose species? (Credit: Anthony Romilio)

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