Any film buffs out there? Not that I’m one, but I do know the 1994 movie of this name which garnered a number of awards such as best Canadian Film. I’m not thinking of film, though. I am thinking “foreign.” And, as you’d expect, I’m thinking of birds. Exotic birds! I have been lucky enough to visit Central and South America nearly twenty times. The marvelous diversity of the American tropics has brought us some amazing creatures.
How about a falcon that laughs—and dines almost exclusively on snakes? Here is a laughing falcon. It has a loud call that to some sounds like Haa Ha.
Or maybe a bird whose digestion system is more like a cow—and smells like one (http://www.discoverwildlife.com/animals/hoatzin-meet-stink-bird). And, it has a punk haircut. That would be a hoatzin. Or a bird that lives for 50 years and mates for life, like this scarlet macaw.
Or this bird in the cuckoo family (a smooth-billed ani) that may have invented the commune. (All the females in a group lay their eggs in a single nest. The entire group feeds and cares for the young.)
There are more remarkable stories, such as the sungrebe, where the male bird has special pockets. He can stuff a chick under each arm—and fly away with them. If you would like to see more photos—many from better photographers than I am, and hear me tell a few more of these stories, please attend the Grand Valley Audubon Society’s next membership meeting. The meeting is free to all. The next meeting, with the topic, “What’s Up with Tropical Birds?” will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 ½ Road at 7PM, October 21. This post provided by Nic Korte, Grand Valley Audubon Society. Send questions/comments to firstname.lastname@example.org]To learn more and to participate in the activities of Grand Valley Audubon, send an email to email@example.com and “like” us on Facebook!]