Category Archives: Conservation Biology

Marvelous Spatuletail via American Bird Conservancy

Marvelous Spatuletail: This hummingbird—like so many of South America’s hundreds of hummingbird species—has a name that is both charming and descriptive. The male’s unique tail features two long, wire-like outer feathers ending in bluish-purple disks. The birds wave these spatules around during communal courtship displays, which females visit to select a mate. Continue reading

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Hell-bent on Hellbender DNA

Conservation scientist Stephen Spear, for example, has been sampling water to study one of the oddest creatures in American streams: the hellbender salamander. Continue reading

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