Category: Birds

Golden Eagle or Immature Bald Eagle? Here’s How to Tell

It can be hard to tell. Here are some tips to help you get the right ID.

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Pelicans Are Pretty Fly

How do Pelican beaks work? How much can they fit in their pouch? How do Pelicans hunt? I’ve got the answers to those and more!

#RandomActOfNaturalism Woodpeckers and Football

Woodpeckers are a peculiar bird, and using their head to solve tricky situations like getting food from hard to reach places is quite literal for them. For a long time, scientists have believed that somehow, woodpeckers are immune to the effects of banging their faces into a tree at 15 miles per hour—repeatedly—-day-after-day, year-after-year for 20 to 30 years. Yet a new report may suggest otherwise, to an extent.

Ask TWL: The Crested Caracara

The Northern Crested Caracara is a medium-sized raptor, smaller than a goose, but bigger than other birds in the Falcon family like the Peregrine Falcon.

The envy of the Bald Eagle, the Crested Caracara is, well, crested—which is sort of a way of describing a bird faux-hawk (pun-intended).

The Yellow-Crowned Night Heron

Chrissy Bowker of Texas asks, “What’s this animal?” COMMON NAME: Yellow-crowned Night Heron SCIENTIFIC NAME: Nyctanassa violacea; ORDER, Pelecaniformes DIET: Mainly crustaceans, insects, and some types of fish. Occasionally, it may feed on small lizards, rodents, or other small birds. SIZE: Average height, 25 inches; Wingspan, 44 inches WEIGHT: Average…