Hornbills
The Science of Birds
by Ivan Phillipsen
1w ago
Today’s episode is number 68. It’s all about the family of birds called Bucerotidae. These are the hornbills. Maybe you’ve heard about hornbills and know a few facts about them. Or maybe you’ve never even heard about these birds. Either way, I think you’ll enjoy today’s podcast episode. Hornbills are just so cool! The family Bucerotidae includes several dozen hornbill species. But there’s a second, much smaller avian family that contains birds we also call hornbills. The name of that family is Bucorvidae, the ‘ground-hornbills.’ There are only 2 species of ground-hornbills. I’ll be including ..read more
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Awesome Things We Learned About Birds in 2022
The Science of Birds
by Ivan Phillipsen
1M ago
This is Episode Number 67. It’s the last episode of 2022, so that means it’s the Annual Review! We’re going to look back at 2022, at some of the most interesting scientific studies of birds that were published this year.  Will this be a painstakingly thorough review of everything that scientists learned about birds in 2022?  No. Not so much. The studies I’m telling you about today—while they did make it into the newsfeed—are just the ones that I found most exciting. Or at least interesting. I decided they’re worth yapping about. ~~ Leave me a review using Podchaser ~~ Links of In ..read more
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15 Simple (and Several Complicated) Ways You Can Help Birds
The Science of Birds
by Ivan Phillipsen
1M ago
This episode—which is Number 66—is all about the ways you can help birds. How you can make a difference in their conservation. It’s one thing to enjoy learning about birds in an objective, scientific way. They’re fascinating organisms. But does our interest in the biology of birds also come bundled with a care and concern for them? With warm and fuzzy feelings?  I’d say heck yes, it does! For most of us, anyway, including yours truly. We want birds out there in the wide world to survive and thrive. For their own intrinsic worth as living beings.  But also because of our selfish ..read more
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Waxwings
The Science of Birds
by Ivan Phillipsen
2M ago
This is Episode 65, and it’s all about waxwings—birds in the family Bombycillidae. The Cedar Waxwing is one species, and there are two others that we’ll talk about. These beautiful, elegant songbirds are loved by people across the Northern Hemisphere. Waxwings are easy on the eyes, for sure, and that’s great. I mean, personally, I think they’re just about the most gorgeous songbirds we have in North America. But their biology is also really interesting. So much of how waxwings live and behave is dictated by what they eat… By their specialized diet. What is that special diet? Is it maybe s ..read more
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The Common Raven
The Science of Birds
by Ivan Phillipsen
2M ago
This episode—which is Number 63—is about the Common Raven, Corvus corax. This species is also known as the Northern Raven. Few bird species in the world are as geographically widespread as the Common Raven. And few are as familiar and iconic. This is a really amazing bird. Ornithologists and other scientists have studied ravens extensively, so we know quite a lot about this species. Today, we’ll look at the basic traits of the Common Raven as well as its behavior, habitats, diet, reproduction, and more. ~~ Leave me a review using Podchaser ~~ Link to this episode on the Science of Birds we ..read more
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Biogeographic Realms and their Unique Birds
The Science of Birds
by Ivan Phillipsen
3M ago
This episode—which is Number 62—is all about the major geographic divisions among birds across the planet. Why are bowerbirds found only in Australia and on the islands of New Guinea? Why are the birds you see in India so different from those in China? Does North America have any unique, endemic bird families? Questions like these fall within the domain of biogeography. Biogeography is the study of where living things are found and why they’re found there—both in the present and the past. Today, we’ll be sketching out the big picture of what types of birds are found where across the world m ..read more
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Ostriches
The Science of Birds
by Ivan Phillipsen
4M ago
This is Episode 61, and it’s all about Ostriches. These are the birds in the avian family Struthionidae. Ostriches are among the most recognizable and charismatic birds. No living bird is bigger than an ostrich. If you’ve ever seen one up close, you know how impressive these giants can be. They’re amazing. So I’m excited to dig into their biology with you today. You probably know a thing or two about Ostriches already, but let’s see if we can get a deeper understanding of them. We’ll look at their basic traits, their distribution, habitat, diet, and more. ~~ Leave me a review using Podchase ..read more
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Feeding Wild Birds: Pros and Cons
The Science of Birds
by Ivan Phillipsen
4M ago
This episode—which is Number 60—is about Feeding Wild Birds. As in, humans providing supplemental food for wild birds. This typically involves a contraption called a birdfeeder. When you or I hang up a birdfeeder, we’re feeding wild birds intentionally. This intentional feeding is what today’s episode is about. Millions and millions of people all around the world feed wild birds intentionally. At such a massive scale, you have to imagine this would affect birds significantly, and in many ways. And it absolutely does. Which brings us to the big question: should we or shouldn’t we feed wild b ..read more
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Ask Me Anything About Birds - Aug 2022
The Science of Birds
by Ivan Phillipsen
5M ago
This episode—which is Number 59—is a bit different. Today, I’m going to be answering questions from my listeners. More specifically, these questions come from my supporters on Patreon. I have several “tiers” or “membership levels” on my Patreon page. Each level comes with perks. One perk for the “Helpful Hornbill” and “Awesome Osprey” tiers is getting to submit questions for episodes like this. So, today, we’ve got a fun grab-bag of questions to ponder. ~~ Leave me a review using Podchaser ~~ Links of Interest Northern Mockingbird Wing Flashing Behavior [VIDEO] Link to this episode on th ..read more
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Wrens (Family: Troglodytidae)
The Science of Birds
by Ivan Phillipsen
5M ago
Today’s episode—which is Episode 58—is all about birds in the family Troglodytidae. These are the wrens. Wrens are small, perky songbirds, most of which are some shade of brown. All the species in this family of birds are found in the New World—In North, Central, and South America. All of them, that is, except for one species found in the Old World. In this episode, we'll cover many aspects of wren biology: their behavior, voices, diversity, evolution, conservation, and breeding. ~~ Leave me a review using Podchaser ~~ Link to this episode on the Science of Birds website Support the show ..read more
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