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Pied-billed Grebe

An adult Pied-billed Grebe attends to its young. read more »

© Tom Sanders

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon on the prowl! read more »

© Tom Sanders

Great Horned Owl nest, Reno

Great Horned Owl nest

Two young Great Horned Owls on a nest ledge in Reno, Nevada.

Why Is My Robin Half White?

If you see a bird with abnormal white feathers — like this American Robin — that bird may have a genetic condition called leucism. Leucistic birds, like all-white birds bred in captivity, have a genetic condition preventing pigments from reaching some — or sometimes all — of a bird’s feathers.... read more »

Topics & Themes:  plumage

Listen for Tapping

Woodpeckers are our most familiar bird carpenters, but other birds also chip out nests in trees and wood structures. Nuthatches — like this Red-breasted Nuthatch — are exceptional wood carvers, with their chisel-like bills. Chickadees will peck into less dense wood, carrying out wood chips by the... read more »

Topics & Themes:  nesting

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Great Horned Owl nestcam - Reno

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Video credit: 
Nevada Dep't. of Wildlife

Great Egret's Lacy Courtship

Male Great Egrets have special long feather plumes called aigrettes, which they use in courtship displays in the spring. These beautiful big birds were nearly hunted to extinction for these special feathers, which were used to adorn ladies’ hats. The plight of the egret spurred people to organize... read more »

Topics & Themes:  breeding display, plumage