THE FLYING BABY

The World of Flying Baby Animals

Purple Martins

Posted on November 25, 2016 in Main

When Adult Purple Martins start their migration, their destination is the southern parts of the eastern US by mid-January. Those living in the area become “Martin landlords.”

This movement will continue going north with Martins building nests near the Rockies until early May. Sub-adults, those in their first reproduction year, arrive 3 to 6 weeks after the grownups.

If you’ve ever think about drawing in Purple Martins to build nest around you, you need to understand immediately what it takes to be a successful Purple Martin landlord. Unlike other birds you find in your outdoor area, it’s not as basic as placing a Martin house up and that’s it. The place of your home, height, environment, water, and numerous various other factors need to be taken into consideration.

Coming to be a landlord to Purple Martins should not be thought of as a fluke. If not done right, you could be triggering even more injury compared to the Martins you are trying to bring in. purple-martinSparrows and starlings compete for nesting sites with Purple Martins.

A Purple Martin must be attentive in the direction of these non-native varieties, eliminating any type of nesting product or eggs that these two varieties may bring or stock in the Martin nest.

This needs to be done two times a day and proceed until the Martins consider the housing theirs. The sparrow and the starling are more aggressive compared to Martins at declaring nesting sites.

When beginning a brand-new colony, it is very important to understand that sub-adults are the ones you’ll be trying to draw in. Existing nests will usually go back to the same homes yearly, one more way to draw in these insect-consuming birds to your house.

New Martin housing doesn’t have to increase before the expected arrival of the sub-adult Martins. racking arrival times could quickly be done by going to The Purple Martin website. This site does a wonderful work at offering all the details should you want to become a Martin landlord.

Types Of Real Estate

There are several sorts of Martin Homes available. The most usual types are made from wood, lightweight aluminum, and plastic. Warmth absorption is a key consideration when picking homes for Martins. Dark paint shades hold more warmth and must not be used. Doing routine monitoring checks must also be thought about. If you have a fireplace, the heat from this must also be considered.

I favor the telescoping poles. These are made to move into each other, maintaining the house level at all times. Wheel systems could be much more expensive, and any type that turns the house could cause eggs and birds to glide out.

Gourds could also be utilized. These could be natural or commercially made.

When choosing to buy a Martin home, purchase from those that recognize with birds(very musical animals by the way). At the very least, look at the professionals first, and after that, purchase the most affordable. Begin tiny and build up as you establish your colony.

Flying Capuchin Monkey

Posted on November 20, 2016 in Main

Flying Capuchin monkeys are named after F. Capuchin whose cowl is basically the same color as the monkeys. They come from the Cebinae and Cebus family. These monkeys are found in Central capuchinAmerica and in South America. Likewise referred to as sapajou, these species of monkeys are thought about to be the most intelligent of all present varieties of monkeys.

The face, neck and upper body of capuchins are white colored, where as the remainder of the body is either brownish or black colored. Their body matures to 12 to 22 inches in elevation and their hairy tails are also normally the very same length as the body. Their typical body weight is two pounds. The males weigh more than the ladies. When they are held in bondage, it could be up to 45 years, yet in the wild environment they could live just for 15 to 25 years. They remain awake during the day and rest in the evening, besides the noontime nap they take. Throughout the day, they invest the majority of the time searching for food and during the night, they rest on the branches of the trees.

Capuchins are extremely social and reside in a team of 8 to 40 men, women and kids. The location where the entire team cohabits is noted with the odor of pee and intruders are not welcomed. A solid male controls the entire team and companions with the rest of the women in the team to generate offspring. Male and female capuchins scent each other to recognize whether the various other is sexually fully grown or otherwise. A female capuchin monkey has the capability of reproducing after every two years. Their maternity duration lasts from five to six months.

The children stick onto the breast of the mom and when they grow big enough, they move to their back. They expect their moms to babysit till they are three months old. Male capuchins have no participation in the training of their babies.

Baby Animals in the Rainforest

Posted on November 17, 2016 in Main

The exotic jungle is a special ecological community that is the home of numerous plants and pets. As a matter of fact, a lot more plants and animals than we even learn about. The plants discovered in the tropical rain forest create much of the oxygen that is important for our planet. Additionally, a number of the plants have special healing properties against illnesses and health conditions.

11111856275_ea5f42a925_bThe exotic jungle is the home of numerous rare pet varieties, such as the Brazilian tapir found just in some areas south of the US. The Brazilian tapir is a mammal which prefers to live near water to swim, dive, as well as eat fallen leaves and tiny branches. Being normally scared of anything larger compared to itself, it is safe to humans. It likes to live primarily near the lakes and fish ponds that are present in the exotic rain forest. Besides this, there are several various other unique animals that have made this beautiful rainforest their home.

There are additionally numerous varieties of birds to be found in the rain forest. One such bird is the Crested Guan, which could be located on the northern part of South America. This bird lives in the high trees of the jungle and lives off of the seeds and fruits that are available on the flooring of the exotic rainforest.

After pets and birds, it is the turn of the reptiles. One uncommon reptile type is the reptile called “Flying Dragon” located in the woodlands of Indonesia and the Philippines. It acquires its name from that it could fly from one tree to another with its skin flaps. It eats insects and ants. This woodland additionally has an additional usage for these reptiles. At breeding time, these reptiles bury their eggs in the fertile soil of the rainforest to reproduce.

The Slow Loris is another pet that is one-of-a-kind to the exotic rainforest. This animal will certainly spend most of his day in the tops of trees sleeping silently. During the night, you’ll locate him eating shoots and leaves, tiny birds, bird’s eggs, and pests that he discovers on the ground.

Take a Baby Bird Watching Vacation

Posted on November 15, 2016 in Main

Bird watching has rapidly turned into one of one of the most prominent pastimes (along with Little Rock landscape lighting of course) in the world. What was at one time a simple backyard interest has currently become extensive bird watching vacations. When seeking a bird watching getaway, you can choose from a weekend break escape or you can elect to take one as long as a 14-day extravaganza loaded with unusual and intriguing birds to see.

bird-watchingThere are more than 1000 different species of birds in the USA alone, all which are special in their own means. Each types of bird has their very own call pattern, noise, form, and even various beaks. As a bird watcher, you have a very short window of time to determine a bird by seeing how it relocates through the trees or by the shape of its wings.

For the amateur bird watcher, it can be irritating out there alone, not knowing just what to seek or what sort of bird you have located. That is why a bird watching trip can be fairly an adventure for you, along with a time for you to find out a hobby that you could soon fall in love with. Usually bird watching trips are guided trips with a huge team of people that enjoy assisting others find the love of bird watching.

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Baby Birdies

Posted on November 12, 2016 in Main

baby-birdiesA couple of years ago while resting on a bench outside my office, I observed 2 birds running around making all kinds of sound. One was a lot bigger compared to the other, so I thought that she was the mother aiming to feed her young. I couldn’t help to think that the bird, a beautiful little sparrow, was jumping up and down trying to put food in the mouth of this unappreciative baby bird who did nothing, yet keep his mouth open and moved around as if he had not been obtaining enough to eat. The mom was exhausted from all this leaping about. I assumed I would certainly give the mom a break and throw some breadcrumbs available for them to share. Do you assume the ‘child’ bird would feed itself – NO! It still waited for Mom to jump and place the morsels in its mouth. If this were the actual mommy of this monster bird, after that I would certainly despise to see the daddy! I have actually come across birds laying their eggs in nests, yet the least they might do is pick a surrogate mommy their very own dimension.

Since then I have been reading up on “brood bloodsuckers.” This is just what they call these deadbeat mommies that leave other birds to raise their children. The one most prominent in the US seems to be the brown-headed cowbird, which is a quite large bird in comparison to the sparrow. To help out the sparrow, I decided to enter into real estate that included bird homes and feeders, plus bathrooms and water fountains. By doing this, the sparrow could relocate to a tiny birdhouse and not bother with a larger bird finding her and laying eggs for her to raise. She could raise her own little sparrows the way nature meant.

Baby Sugar Gliders as a Family Pet

Posted on July 8, 2016 in Main

Sugar gliders, over the past many years, have become quite popular as family pets.  They are a type of marsupial, just as a koala bear and a kangaroo are.  This means that they carry their young in a pouch.

Many people tend to think that sugar gliders are rodents.  This is far from the truth.  They have numerous advantages over family pets from the rodent family, such as ferrets, hamsters, and gerbils.  One advantage is their life span.  A sugar glider can live up to fifteen years when properly cared for, similar to a lot of cats and dogs.

baby sugar glider - CopySugar gliders are known to be an intelligent animal, much on the level of a dog.  When they are properly trained, they can learn their name, do tricks, and come to you when they are called.  They are great at keeping themselves clean, too, without needing to be bathed, and have no noticeable small when they are fed a proper diet.

Rodents, such as gerbils and hamsters, have a very destructive nature, always wanting to chew on things.  The problem with rodents is that their teeth are constantly growing, so they must chew on things to help keep their teeth worn down.  With sugar gliders being marsupials and not rodents, this is not a problem with them as a pet.  It’s not in their instincts to chew on things, and they are not naturally destructive.

Many people think that one of the best parts of having a sugar glider as a pet is the way the bond with their human families.  The bond is a strong, permanent one.  After they are fully bonded with your family, they will not need to be caged when you take them into public because they will not want to leave you.  Their instincts cause them to want to be close to their family more than anything else, unlike a rodent that constantly wants to get away from human contact.  And, unlike a bird that may fly from you if you take it outside, you will never have to call for tree service in fort smith to get your sugar glider down from a tree!

 

 

 

The Flamingo and Their Young

Posted on June 28, 2016 in Main

The flamingo is an animal that is well known for their long, stilt-like legs, their bright pink plumes, and their long, S-shaped necks.  Their beautiful colors, as well as their unique features, tends to make the flamingo a popular animal at both the zoo and in rescues.  The favored foods of the flamingo are snails, shrimp, and algae (a plantlike water microorganism).  When the flamingo sees it’s potential dinner, it sticks its head all the way into the water, turns it upside down, and then will use its top beak like a scoop to pick up the fish.  Thanks to their webbed feet, they are also able to “run” on top of the water so they can get up to top speed before lifting off in flight.

755f3ea756b8d82d1d97883d2dfebc9cWhen a flamingo builds a next, it looks like a mound of mud on the side of the river.  Within a shallow hole on top of the mound, the female will lay a single egg.  The egg is kept warm by both parents, taking turns sitting on it.  After almost a month of sitting, the egg will finally hatch.  The baby flamingo will hatch out with a bill that is straight and soft, white downy feathers.  As the baby flamingo grows older, the color of the feathers will change and the bill will begin to contour downward slowly. The male and female will both take care of the young flamingo.  They feed the young one by providing a fluid that their digestive system produces

After about five days, the young flamingo will wander from the nest to join many other baby flamingos in small teams.  They will only return to their parents when they want food.  The parents use the chicks voice to identify which one belongs to them.  At around three weeks of age, the adult flamingos will herd their young ones into large groups called creches where the young ones start learning how to find food on their own.

 

 

 

The Communication of Baby Barn Owls

Posted on June 25, 2016 in Main

A young barn owl is known for calling out to negotiate for its food rather than boldly contending for it.  In Switzerland, a group of researchers have discovered that each owlet has their very own individual sounding call.  The researchers believe that this is a way for the owlets to confirm their identity within the nest and to connect to each bird’s needs.

Barn owls are found on every continent other than Antarctica and are considered to be one of the most prevalent kinds of birds.  Their nest will typically contain a clutch of around four to six eggs, but, on some occasions, have been known to have as many as twelve.

p1306563122-3Past research of the nestlings, also know as owlets, have highlighted just how they bargain for the food within the nest rather than fighting.  The owlets will share their hunger with their siblings through calling out while their parents are out looking for food for them.  Doing so will keep their siblings from competing for the food once the parents return with it.  The vocalizations will rise in intensity little by little, but with no physical aggression, if their is a disagreement, until other owlets that are not as hungry withdraw from the match.

Scientists began examining wild owls that resided in Switzerland in nest boxes to learn more about this interaction between owlets.  They recorded the interactions of the owlets at night while the parents were out of the nest and determined that a single owlet makes up to five thousand calls in one night.  Since the calls take so much energy from the owlets, the probability that incorrect signals are made by the chick is greatly reduced.

Some studies have further shown that the owlets will not interrupt the calls of the other owlets.  Through paying attention to the recorded calls of the owlets, some have been able to discriminate between individual owlet’s calls, thus suggesting that their individual voices help them to be recognized by their nest mates.  Researchers have also noted that their voices and calls were different based on their sex, their age, their family, and just how hungry they are.

 

 

Baby Bats and Language

Posted on June 23, 2016 in Main

Doing research on vocal learning animals, such as elephants, whales, and sea lions, is not an easy task, so zoologists began studying the Egyptian fruit bat, a species that is vocal learning and that makes babbling noises before they master communication, in the same way a human child does. This study basically put the bats in a vocal “vacuum” to show just how their communication develops.

6a010535647bf3970b01b8d0a1caff970c-800wiThe researchers put the five bat pups in an isolated environment where they were not able to hear any conversations from the adult bats. Once the five were weaned, they were subjected to adult bat babble by using a speaker system. A separate group of five bats were raised within a colony with adult bats present, allowing them to hear vocalizations with others from birth. The bats in the colony switched over to more grown up interactions from their babbling early in their development, where the ones that were isolated continued to babble way into their adolescence. The isolated ones were able to figure out how to make adult noises, but they could not separate the adult noises from the adolescent babble. Researchers then put both groups of bats together. When that happened, the bats that were originally isolated overtook their peers. The researchers discovered that the interaction between bats is more closely related to human language than it is the songs of birds because the fruit bats seemed to “talk” in conversations rather than singing about their condition in the way birds do.

Researchers hope that their studies on the language of the fruit bats will be able to reveal more information on how humans acquire language. In the meantime, though, the researchers are hoping to learn more about what the bats are actually conversing about, both in the wild and in the lab.

Robin Eggs

Posted on June 15, 2016 in Main

It is well known that most birds will lay their eggs with the sunrise, but this is not the case for robins.  A robin will lay her egg in the middle of the morning instead.  There is a good reason, though.  A robin will eat a whole lot of earthworms when it is the season for breeding, and they will hunt for them in the early hours when the worms are mostly available.  Only after their worm feast will they lay an egg. After a nice hearty breakfast, laying an egg is easier for the robin, whereas other types of birds seem to need a long, quiet period of time in order to lay.

Robins can only lay one egg a day, and that is hard work!  A female bird only has one working ovary.  Mammals, on the other hand, have two.  The ovaries are part of the reproductive organs where the eggs are created.  When looking at a bird’s ovary, it looks like a bunch of grapes that are different sizes.  The “grapes” are the bird’s ova, or the yolks.  The egg that is next in line to be laid is the largest.  The others are smaller, based on when they will be laid.  Once a day, the one that is the largest is ovulated.  That means that it will pop off of the ovary and begin going down a tube, called the oviduct, that goes throughout the robin’s body.

The egg will be fertile if the robin has mated.  If not, it will still go down the oviduct and be laid like any other egg, but it will not become a baby bird.  As the egg makes its way through the oviduct, the surfaces of the wall produce albumen to surround the yolk.  Albumen is a healthy protein that is watery.  As the yolk nears the end over the oviduct, it is surrounded by calcium compounds, thus creating the shell of the egg.  This entire process is very draining on the body of the robin!

Below is a video of hatching robin eggs.  Such a beautiful display of nature at its finest!