31 Cool Bird Facts #25 – Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks [Dendrocygna autumnalis] are one of the oddest North American ducks. These “tree ducks” do nest in trees and will use nest boxes much like the more common Wood Ducks. However, these ducks share similarities with geese and swans with “their lack of sexual dimorphism, relatively long-term pair bonds, and lack of complex pair-forming

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31 Cool Bird Facts #22 – Turkey Vulture

Graceful in the sky, Turkey Vultures are far from ugly The Turkey Vulture is often unappreciated even with their important role on the carrion clean-up crew. Although they will also sometimes eat crops and other vegetation, carrion comprises most of their diet. Turkey Vultures have a well-developed sense of smell (more than most other birds)

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31 Cool Bird Facts #21 – Orchard Oriole

Orchard Orioles [Icterus spurius] are a burnt orange color and are often under-appreciated when compared to their more flamboyant cousins, the Baltimore Oriole. But these important pollinators are a great joy to have visit your yard, and can be attracted to nectar feeders like other orioles. Only loosely territorial, the Orchard Oriole is often described

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