I keep having dreams about birding. I guess I need to get out of the house more.

Tags: birdnerd

"I am constantly torn between wanting to improve myself and wanting to destroy myself."

— (via bl-ossomed)

(Source: beautyinthebellejar, via lagarza)

"Evolution isn’t just a story about where we came from. It’s an epic at the center of life itself. Far from robbing our lives of meaning, it instills an appreciation for the beautiful, enduring, and ultimately triumphant fabric of life that covers our planet. Understanding that doesn’t demean human life - it enhances it."

Kenneth Miller, biologist (via whats-out-there)

From America’s Darwin Problem (2012).

(via dendroica)

(via dendroica)

Tags: evolution

libutron:

Ruby Topaz - Chrysolampis mosquitus

A well achieved photo stream of the splendid Ruby Topaz in flight.

Photo credit: ©Eleanor Briccetti | Locality: Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago (2011) | [Top] - [Middle] - [Bottom]

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a discussion on sexual orientation

  • me: *explaining various sexual orientations to a classmate*
  • classmate: wait, what's polyamory?
  • me: well, it's when someone has more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.
  • professor: *overhears from front of class*
  • professor: that is d i s g u s t i n g
  • me: *defensively* um, actually, no it's--
  • professor: how DARE they put a greek prefix on a latin root like that?! What right do they have to decimate my beautiful antiquated languages?!?! GREEK AND LATIN DO NOT FRATERNIZE THIS IS LIKE THAT STUPID ROMANTIC SUBPLOT BETWEEN THAT DWARF AND THAT ELF IN THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!
  • me: ....
  • me: ....
  • me: ....
  • professor: it should be polyerosy

pianodream:

manticoreimaginary:

Laetitia Casta, Cannes Film Festival (May 26, 2013)

wow holy fuck

This is my new everything

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frijoliz:

"La Dora, El Paul, La Lupe, El Chubby." (image taken from Murder at the Sleepy Lagoon: Zoot Suits, Race, and Riot in Wartime L.A., Eduardo Obregon )  Now, take a good at those sandalias with socks and that pachuco suit with huaraches and tell me you are not about that life.

Hell yes

frijoliz:

"La Dora, El Paul, La Lupe, El Chubby." (image taken from Murder at the Sleepy Lagoon: Zoot Suits, Race, and Riot in Wartime L.A., Eduardo Obregon )  Now, take a good at those sandalias with socks and that pachuco suit with huaraches and tell me you are not about that life.

Hell yes

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Hand chain. Saw something like this online the other day and liked it so i made one #crafty

Hand chain. Saw something like this online the other day and liked it so i made one #crafty

Tags: crafty

charliedayquotes:

I specialize in bird law.

charliedayquotes:

I specialize in bird law.

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astronomy-to-zoology:

Wire-crested Thorntail (Discosura popelairii)
…a  rare and striking species of hummingbird which occurs in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Where it inhabits solely inhabits lowland forests, and is not tolerant of secondary habitats. Like most striking plumaged birds wire-crested thorntails are sexually dimorphic with lacking the long “wire” crests and “thorn” tails of males. In typical humming bird fashion wire-crested thorntails feed on nectar from flowers, but will occasionally take insects as well. 
Currently Discosura popelairii is listed as near threatened by the IUCN, as it faces accelerating threats from deforestation in the Amazon Basin. 
Classification
Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Apodiformes-Trochilidae-Discosura-D. popelairii
Image: Bill Bouton

astronomy-to-zoology:

Wire-crested Thorntail (Discosura popelairii)

…a  rare and striking species of hummingbird which occurs in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Where it inhabits solely inhabits lowland forests, and is not tolerant of secondary habitats. Like most striking plumaged birds wire-crested thorntails are sexually dimorphic with lacking the long “wire” crests and “thorn” tails of males. In typical humming bird fashion wire-crested thorntails feed on nectar from flowers, but will occasionally take insects as well. 

Currently Discosura popelairii is listed as near threatened by the IUCN, as it faces accelerating threats from deforestation in the Amazon Basin. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Apodiformes-Trochilidae-Discosura-D. popelairii

Image: Bill Bouton

Tags: amaze

DuckTales Theme Song With Real Ducks!!!
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

(Source: youtube.com)

Tags: amazing

theboneroomberkeley:

A large selection of complete A2 animal skulls, loose and split mandibles, and various bones-from raccoons to horses! Always available for purchase at a discounted price #A2 #skulls #mandibles #animalskulls #bonesforsale #berkeley

This place is like all of my weirdo dreams became reality

theboneroomberkeley:

A large selection of complete A2 animal skulls, loose and split mandibles, and various bones-from raccoons to horses! Always available for purchase at a discounted price #A2 #skulls #mandibles #animalskulls #bonesforsale #berkeley

This place is like all of my weirdo dreams became reality

Me, on all trains/buses ever.

Me, on all trains/buses ever.

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copperbadge:

veteratorianvillainy:

pardonmewhileipanic:

red3blog:

pardonmewhileipanic:

notcuddles:

nesft:

Crow: CROW YES!

It’s actually impossible to measure how many fucks a corvid give because there is no device sensitive enough to register such a tiny amount.

science/animal side of tumblr… explain to me the birb thing

Tail Pulling is a behavior noted in many corvids. The practical application is to create a distraction that will allow the birb to make off with the target’s food. Imagine being in the lunch room and a large fellow has a Twinkie you covet. You can’t just take it from him because he’ll defend his Twinkie. But if you thwap him on the back of his neck and then dash around to snag the Twinkie while he investigates, you stand a decent chance of enjoying spongey goodness. This is basically that in birb form.

Except corvids don’t only do this as a distraction. Sometimes they seem to just being doing it to mess with other animals/birbs. But to use my lunch room analogy, there are times you might thwap someone sneakily on the back of the neck just for amusement. Primates exhibit behavior that appears to be just be annoying other animals for amusement. Given how intelligent crows are, its not unlikely that this is a manifestation of an innate desire to just fuck with someone else for the fun of it. Such as this from the link above:

THANK YOU FOR THE BIRB KNOWLEDGE

copperbadge, I don’t know why but I thought this might amuse.

I fucking love corvids, you guys.

Also tail-pulling. 

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