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Swamp Harrier : Females are larger than males. Adults have a light grey head, cheek, nape and hood. The upperparts all the way to the tail is presents different hues of brown. However the scapulars and the mantle tend toward a rufous-orange colour. The underparts are white with fine brown streaks. The feathers covering the thighs are orange or ...

New Zealand Falcon : A large falcon species (larger than a Peregrine) with similar sexes - although the female is clearly larger than the male. The back and wing are a blueish black, more or less dark depending on regions, and littered with white spots. Birds from the east of the South Island are larger and paler than their North Island counterparts...

Stitchbird : The Stitchbird (Hihi in Māori) is a mid-sized passerine (slightly larger than a Yellowhammer and larger than a House Sparrow). When the male is in breeding plumage, its front half is jet black, with a white spot behind the eye. This spot is a tuft of erectile feathers that are used during mating displays. The black is bordered ...

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Le regard vers les cieux par Patrick Fichter : Tout un chacun connaît les fabuleuses aptitudes visuelles des oiseaux qui permettent, par exemple, aux rapaces de déceler à des distances incroyables une proie même de petite taille. La perception des ultraviolets donne à la mésange bleue la capacité de reconnaître son mâle ou sa femelle, et elle n’est pas la s...

Joyaux de la nature. par Gilbert Blaising : Parmi les oiseaux observables en France, les mâles de Gorgebleues à miroir font partie des plus spectaculaires par leur plumage nuptial à la coloration harmonieuses et rare. Hélas, en France, ces oiseaux sont peu abondants et très localisés qu'ils soient migrateurs de passage ou nicheurs. En conséquence, ils sont peu conn...

Séductions de printemps par Gilbert Blaising : La période la plus faste pour l'observation des passereaux vient de commencer. Elle durera environ deux mois et demi au bout desquels la plupart des oiseaux se seront arrêtés de chanter rendant leur repérage beaucoup plus difficile. Les toutes prochaines semaines voient l'apparition progressive des oiseaux migrateurs revenan...


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