|Figure 1. A male black-throated mango (Anthracothorax nigricollis), |
very common in Southamerica
Bird watching allows us to know better the birds and learn more about nature and wildlife. The idea is, first, to identify the species that has been found according to the audio and visual features that are detected. It can be done with the naked eye, with the aid of binoculars or listening to the sounds they produce. It is an activity that can be done with the family and you do not need to go far from where you live.
The park located near your home or even your own garden will probably provide excellent opportunities for that. All it takes is time and patience. While the most seasoned observers try to find rarest birds in more complex habitats, using cameras or audio devices to watch birds, the general idea is the same in our case. You have to consider that over 10,000 species of birds have been identified in the world, so there are plenty of opportunities out there.
|Figure 2. A male red-necked tanager (Tangara cyanocephala). |
It can be found in the south and east part of Brazil, north of Argentina and Paraguay.
It is very similar to how we identify our neighbors. At the beginning everyone may seem strange, but after a while we detect certain particular characteristics such as size, shape, habits, etc. Birds are like little treasures that are ready to reveal. Once we put our attention on them, we begin to know them better and to admire its beauty. Many of these animals are colorful. Think of a color, and there is probably at least some birds that have that color. But its appearance is not the only feature that attracts our attention, there are its singing and all the details of his life, mobility and environment . Actually bird watching is a bird's study.
Birds are vertebrate animals having beaks. Although not all fly, they have always wings, they are hatched from eggs (egg-laying) and have feathers, which makes these animals unique. It is interesting to note how each type of bird has adapted to a specific environment and can be found from the southern end to the northern end of our planet.
|Figure 3. A female burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) |
found throughout North and South America.
There is also another division according to the type of habitat or environment in which they live as jungle, mountains, wetlands, sea, etc.
The best way to identify them is to start getting to know the different groups of birds that share similar characteristics like the silhouette, posture, behavior, etc. For this there are books that have all the detail and help.
|Figure 4. A male violaceous euphonia (Euphonia violacea) is a small |
passerine bird found in Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina.
This is the purpose of this article, to put more attention to birds and nature and motivate you to study them and to preserve and spread this to more people.
Our future as humanity and consequently our survival depends on preserving nature. To do this, we must shift our focus from just thinking about us, and start paying attention to our surroundings and their people and animals.
Feel free to share this message with your friends.