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Birding Shanghai in Could 2023 – Half 2 – 10,000 Birds

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It’s type of uncommon to see a Fairy Pitta throughout Shanghai’s spring migration as these passing by means of are all adults fairly than inexperienced chicks, and they’re in a rush attending to their breeding grounds – however I used to be fortunate.

The Fairy Pitta is listed as Weak, with the HBW that the species is “uncommon; world inhabitants in all probability no various thousand people”.

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Whereas the sexes are alike, my guess is that the Fairy Pitta within the picture is a male given its early arrival date in Shanghai.

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For as soon as, the Latin species title nympha matches properly – “a mythological spirit of nature imagined as a lovely maiden inhabiting rivers, woods, or different areas” (Oxford Languages).

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Very similar to a mom slicing spaghetti into small items earlier than feeding her child, Fairy Pittas lower mealworms into small items earlier than feeding them to their youthful chicks – which resulted in a research paper with the considerably grandiose title “Sundering of earthworms by the Fairy Pitta (Pitta nympha): an unexplored technique of prey preparation for brood provisioning by avian vermivores”. Why slicing mealworms into items known as a technique is a little bit of a thriller to me, however then I’m not an ornithologist.

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And the way do Fairy Pittas get injured and probably die? One study in Korea discovered that 37% of accidents and deaths had been attributable to predation by pure enemies, one other 37% (a worryingly excessive quantity) by window strikes, 10% by site visitors accidents, 7% every by flooding and dehydration, and three% by human disturbance.

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The Giant-billed Crow (video) is without doubt one of the pure enemies – within the examine above, it predated 19 eggs from 4 pitta nests. This shouldn’t be an issue in Shanghai because the pitta has not been reported to breed right here.

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Is it value a scientific paper if a Giant-billed Crow eats a fish? Effectively, sure, in the event you phrase it as whether it is, resembling in this paper titled “Marine and terrestrial meals chain hyperlinks”.

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In another paper, Giant-billed Crows in Japan had been made to take heed to both the Japanese language or the Dutch language. It appears they’ll make some distinction between the 2: “The crows confirmed considerably extra responses to the Dutch than to the Japanese, which means that they discriminate two languages with distinctive linguistic options and that they could even be extra attentive to an unfamiliar language, Dutch, in comparison with a well-known one, Japanese.”

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Swinhoe’s Minivet was beforehand categorized as Close to Threatened however is now listed as Least Concern – a downgrade, or is it an improve actually?

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The HBW has comprehensively nothing on its breeding: “Breeding – No Info”. I assume birds should not their principal focus.

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I feel the picture reveals a male fowl, as sure elements of the pinnacle appear extra black than gray.

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The Asian Koel is a parasitic cuckoo that’s not quite common in Shanghai. Totally different from many different parasitic cuckoos, the chick sometimes doesn’t kill all its nest mates, although one or two of them might die from hunger. I assume the hosts (which embody the Donald Trump of the fowl world, the Lengthy-tailed Shrike) must be grateful, form of.

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The male Asian Koel has a fairly distinctive name which for me is sort of the sound of Singapore. In fact, what’s proven right here (and within the video) is a feminine – type of typical for this weblog. Please state your dismay and disappointment clearly within the feedback part.

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Two researchers from Pakistan analyzed the male calls, claiming that “up to now, the outline of vocal repertoire of the male Asian Koel has been missing” (which sounds a bit unlikely to me, significantly provided that the HBW has an entire paragraph on the vocalizations of the male, with a quotation going again to 1999) and concluding with the fairly preposterous assertion that “Our findings enrich the organic information about vocalizations of the grownup male Asian Koel and supply a basis for future acoustic monitoring of the species”. Possibly I also needs to embody such claims in my posts: “This weblog challenges the self-importance of worldwide ornithological analysis and thus establishes a agency conceptual foundation for additional growth of irony and sarcasm within the universe of avian-themed internet entries”.

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Internet hosting a Frequent Cuckoo is even worse for the hosts, because the cuckoo chick kills all its nest mates by kicking out the eggs (it hatches a bit earlier than them).

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It is a rufous morph Frequent Cuckoo, which suggests it must be a feminine.

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The Thick-billed Warbler is without doubt one of the principal host species for the Frequent Cuckoo within the center Amur River basin (source).

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In distinction to the Oriental Reed Warbler, which is a horrible singer, this warbler sounds pretty good. In truth, the Latin species title is aedon, “nightingale”.

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(Helpfully for individuals who lack nightmares, the HBW explains additional that in Greek mythology, Aedon, the spouse of Zethus, was become a nightingale when, in making an attempt to homicide the eldest son of her fecund sister Niobe, she killed her personal son Itylus.)

The Lesser Coucal resents the comparability with parasitic cuckoos – it admits that as a fellow cuckoo species, it’s associated to them however takes care to deliver up its chicks by itself. Considered one of them advised me “How would you’re feeling being continuously in contrast with Donald Trump simply since you are additionally a human?” Good level, I feel.

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The Lesser Coucal has a attribute vocalization that may be heard on this video (together with the same old China-typical background noise – China just isn’t a quiet place typically).

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I used to be a bit anxious concerning the fowl within the video however a good friend assured me that birds don’t get seasick. I hope he’s proper.

I’m wondering what Barn Swallows did earlier than people began constructing homes. In locations like Shanghai, there are just about no vertical rocks that may enable the development of nests as proven right here.

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Sadly, the home this nest is constructed on is about to be destroyed – no tenant rights for birds in China, I’m afraid. However a minimum of for this season, the chicks must be okay.

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Happily for an unskilled videographer like me, swallow nests enable the seize of motion with out having to maneuver the digital camera. See the outcomes here and here.

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A number of days later, the chicks have grown greater …

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… and discovered use the bathroom (video).

As talked about earlier than, the Blue Rock Thrush advantages from increasingly more elements of Nanhui turning into concrete. Each cloud has its silver lining, mentioned he despairingly …

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(video)

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Nonetheless, it will possible additionally imply extra individuals sooner or later, one thing that is probably not appreciated by a fowl species with the Latin title of solitarius.

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It appears that evidently the Black-crowned Evening Heron is type of the workhorse (workbird?) of researchers searching for chemical contaminants within the surroundings. There are papers about Black-crowned Evening Herons and …

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DDE

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heavy metals (not of the music sort, although that might be damaging as properly) …

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trace elements

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organochlorine compounds

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PCBs

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lead (with the fairly unhappy comment “Nestlings had been euthanized at 15 d of age” – I’m glad I’m not doing this sort of analysis) …

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… and mercury.

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In addition they function in some beginner movies, resembling this one or that one.

Chinese language Pond Herons look pretty innocent to you and me however some frogs would in all probability have a distinct opinion. If you wish to know why, watch the video – in case you are in a rush, begin at concerning the 0.40 mark.

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This appears to be one other fowl that draws pollution resembling heavy metals, selenium, and PCBs. Poor fowl.

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eBird calls the Chestnut Bulbul an “engaging songbird of forested lowlands and foothills”. The HBW is a bit much less optimistic: “Medium-sized, noisy, conspicuous bulbul”, until you assume that noisy and conspicuous are positives (I actually don’t).

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Getting close to the top of the publish, some birds which were proven in these posts ceaselessly earlier than, however are too engaging to not present once more – particularly, the Rufous-faced Warbler

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Black-winged Cuckooshrike

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Black-naped Oriole

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Mugimaki Flycatcher (video) …

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Black Drongo

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Tiger Shrike

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Hair-crested Drongo

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Black-winged Stilt (additionally as a video and one other very related video) …

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Cattle Egret (additionally as a video and one other very related video) …

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… and the Siberian Rubythroat.

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Lastly, within the “Different” part of this publish, the picture beneath illustrates a significant scientific breakthrough. Whereas it was historically believed that bugs can not learn, the concept that the pose taken up by the dragonflies within the picture may have been struck with out an intimate information of the Kamasutra is fairly preposterous.

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