Friday, May 27, 2005

ENV: Not-Really-a-Cat-Friday

Well, it's that time again. Last week i was out of town and so did not get a pic posted in time, but added it later. Last week's is HERE, of a Filigree Skimmer, Pseudoleon superbus.

This week the special critterette is a bird that i've admired for decades. I once saw a pair as a kid in Houston but never thought i'd see the day i might have some in the aviary. But last week while gathering critters for this summer's program i stumbled across four pair of these phenomenal birds and got every one of them. They are a parasitic bird from east Africa, and are now introduced and wild in several Caribbean island countries. They are being trapped there now and imported -- two birds, one stone, i guess. The objective is to rid those islands of the birds, which are impacting native species, and to provide them to aviculturists.

I have no other species to serve as hosts, so though they'll go through display rituals they will not replicate on my watch. Still they are fantastic little birds to watch.

And be sure to check out The Friday Ark at The Modulator


Paradise Whydah, Vidua paradisaea


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