Bird 210 – Taiwan Blue Magpie

Today I’m going to introduce you to a Magpie, but it isn’t the Magpie you have in mind. This is the Taiwan Blue Magpie (Urocissa caerulea). Now, these Magpies aren’t related to the Australian Magpie. The humble Australian Magpie is actually a misnamed bird. They are so-call because they reminded early European settlers of theirContinue reading “Bird 210 – Taiwan Blue Magpie”

Bird 208 – Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher

Alright guys, if you want something to brighten your day, look no further than the Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx melanurus). This is the itsy-est, bitsy-est Kingfisher that ever did live. And you just don’t get colours like that. I mean, for God’s sake, it’s a lilac bird! And look at its little head, it hasContinue reading “Bird 208 – Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher”

Bird 207 – Silver and Copper Pheasant

Lockdown rolls on, and we’re still here and totally not going crazy. In fact, today we’re so sane we thought we’d share our latest brilliant bird-related idea. Follow me on this one: So, this week we met the Golden Pheasant, and that was pretty fun. But that got me thinking about the Olympics and howContinue reading “Bird 207 – Silver and Copper Pheasant”

Bird 206 – Golden Pheasant

This week we wanted to bring a little colour to your inbox, but which colour? There are so many to choose from. Then we thought, to hell with it, let’s go with all of them. Behold the Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus). These outrageous birds originally hailed from mountainous western China, but people thought they lookedContinue reading “Bird 206 – Golden Pheasant”

Bird 205 – Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot

Lockdown getting you … down? Worry not, Bird of the Week is here to bring a little joy. First, exciting news, the latest avian audio story is out. If you ever looked at a map and thought, hey what’s the go is with the birds of Guam and Mauritius (I know I have) then boyContinue reading “Bird 205 – Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot”

Bird 204 – Carunculated Fruit Dove

Somehow we’ve made it all the way to August without featuring a pigeon this year. Subscribers who have been with me for a while know how unacceptable this is; because pigeons are ultimate, pigeons are life. So, to make amends, I am dishing up one hellava fancy pigeon, the Carunculated Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus granulifrons). LikeContinue reading “Bird 204 – Carunculated Fruit Dove”

Bird 203 – Great Egret

So, Bird of the Week is in lockdown, but you know what they say: you can’t cage a bird (that’s not true, all variety of birds are caged with varying levels of success). If you lockdown a bird, more will fly away. So please enjoy something a little different. One of my all-time favourite poemsContinue reading “Bird 203 – Great Egret”

Bird 202 – Wedge-tailed Shearwater

Anyone who’s visited Coffs Harbour would be aware of the city’s famous landmark, Muttonbird Island … although given you can walk to it without getting your feet wet, I guess it’s less of an island these days. But what is a Muttonbird? Well… it kinda depends on where you’re standing, but if you’re on thatContinue reading “Bird 202 – Wedge-tailed Shearwater”

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