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Yellowthroats, Song Sparrows, and Buff-breasted Buttonquails | WBW S2 E7

Welcome back to another episode of The Weekly Bird Wrap by Neil Hermes where I recap some of the most amazing stories and facts about birds across the nation and from all over the world!

It’s our episode 7 and I’ve got three great stories;

If you missed episode 05, head over to this page.


The Story of Yellowthroats and Why Females are Being Selective on their Male Counterparts

For female yellowthroats, there’s more than one way to spot a winning mate.

New research provides evidence that large or showy physical features of males attract females because they signal high-quality male genes, such as those linked with robust immunity or stress resistance.


Is the Buff-breasted buttonquail still alive?

Some 60 years in 1985, it was “rediscovered” west of Cairns, and this launched dozens of new sightings by birdwatchers and several research projects over the next few decades.

Unfortunately, none of these reports or research endeavours produced anything more than brief sightings of the bird, typically only split-second views as it flew off from under their feet. No photos, no specimens, nor any other verifiable evidence has been produced.


Song Sparrows

An interesting fact on Song Sparrow: Song sparrows shuffle and repeat to keep their audience listening.


Norfolk Island Tour on September 02-09, 2022

Join Us in Norfolk Island Tour

Loved my bird tour content? Well, Nothing beats being there on the spot, watching the birds!

Join me and my brother, Michael Hermes on a personalised journey through Norfolk Island’s history, amazing wildlife, and stunning scenery drawing on the knowledge and memories from my time as a Norfolk Island National Parks Officer and Michael’s background as an archaeologist working in places such as the Northern Territory, Tasmania, and Queensland. You can book through this page.

I am very excited to see you all on this tour!

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