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The Eurasian Crane, Hula Valley Migration, House Sparrows, and Poisonous Birds | WBW Week 46

Another round-up of all the week’s best bird news from across the world! This weekly bird wrap covers four amaze-wing bird stories. 

You can also check out last week’s edition here.

This week, I cover the following stories;

1. How High does the Eurasian Crane fly?

Do you know how high does the Eurasian Crane flies? Watch the video and find out how shockingly high these birds can fly! 

Here’s some bad and good news: Eurasian Cranes were once found widely across the UK. Typically, they consider wetland as their ideal habitat. But due to forestation and hunting, their habitats were destroyed. As a consequence of habitat loss, their population has decreased by the late 1500s.

A conservation project hopes to reintroduce Eurasian Cranes to wetlands in the UK. I shall be providing you updates next year on how this goes.


2. Hula Valley Migration

Over 500 million birds of different sorts and species stopover on their flights between Europe and Africa in Hula Valley.

Fun Fact: This place is described by people as “A paradise for migrating birds” and “an experience of a lifetime”.


3. Where Have All the House Sparrows Gone?

The most common bird is declining in population in some cities.

House sparrows are capable of thriving amongst farms, suburbs, and cities. The curious story of their spread and decline is a bit more complex, and may have been a consequence for urban conservation.


4. Did you know about Poisonous birds?

Who would have thought that poisonous birds exist?

Yes, they do! Poisonous birds were almost unknown until the 1990s. Pitohui and Ifrita from Papua New Guinea and European quail are the most well-known poisonous birds.

The skin and feathers of these birds are poisonous to touch though not as deadly as the golden poison frog of South America.


Beginners Bird Watching Walk

I would like to invite you to my Beginners Bird Watching Walk – these are bird walking tours in Canberra on the first Sunday of every month. The pace is easy and slow and the total distance covered is a few kilometres at the most. We take time to learn how to bird watch as well as see and understand how to identify lots of birds.

On an average morning, we might expect to see over 30 different species. This is an ideal activity for novices, those new to bird watching, and children over the age of 10.

The first tour will be happening on the 5th of December, 2021. For booking, head over to this page and click on the “Book Now” button.

I’ll see you on this tour!

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