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 Sooty Tern | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Sooty Terns have long been called "wide-awakes" because of their calls. But it may describe their sleeping habits, too. When young terns leave their breeding grounds, they don't return for several years. They do not rest on the water, and only rarely land on floating objects.

 Saving Hawaii's Birds - With American Bird Conservancy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

American Bird Conservancy and other organizations are working to make Hawaiian birds a top national priority for conservation. Of all the endangered bird species in the United States, more than one-third are found only in Hawaii.

 Sounds of the Amazon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

It's winter and time for a vacation. Let's head to the Amazon! With names like the Screaming Piha, the Blue-crowned Motmot, and the Black-necked Red-Cotinga, these are not your average birds. Insects are the background chorus for the Cuvier's Toucan and the Musician Wren.

 Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

National Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is birdy at any time of year. But in winter, this mixture of cypress swamp and pineland comes alive with migratory songbirds.

 Jaywalking | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

In 1917, cars had only recently become common, and stepping out into traffic was dangerous. Back then, the term "jay" was slang for a hick, a country bumpkin.

 Blackbird, by Paul McCartney | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

January 15, the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Paul McCartney and the rest of the Beatles most certainly grew up hearing Eurasian Blackbirds. Their song is beautiful, so it's no wonder the Beatles chose to weave it into one of their songs.

 Blackpoll Warbler Migration | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Blackpoll Warblers make the longest migration of any North American songbird, an annual round trip of eleven to twelve thousand miles. In August, the warblers leave Western Alaska and head east across Canada to the Maritime Provinces and the coast of New England.

 Trogons Nest with Wasps | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The Violaceous Trogon, which nests in Mexico, Central America, and northern South America, often excavates its dwelling within a large, active wasp or termite nest. It begins by devouring some of the insects, then digs a cavity large enough to accommodate the birds and their eggs.

 A Crossbill's Beak Does the Job | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

A close look at this Red Crossbill reveals a curious adaptation. The long tips of the upper and lower bill don't meet, but instead cross over each other. The bills of young birds are not crossed at hatching, but cross as they grow.

 Seabirds in Decline | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Scoter populations in South Puget Sound have declined by 69% since 1995. Other seabirds -- like this Barrow's Goldeneye -- have not fared well, either. Suspects include heavy metal contamination, a drop in herring populations, derelict fishing gear, and the destruction of shoreline habitat.

 Migration Routes Evolve | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Why do birds consistently follow certain routes in their migrations? Pathways of migration evolved, shaped by the wind. During the height of the last ice age, ice-free breeding habitat for songbirds remained in what is now Alaska and parts of Western Canada.

 Lame Duck | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

"Lame duck" is probably a very old term, from before there even was a Congress of the United States.

 Ben and Alexa Freeman - In Jared Diamond's Footsteps | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

In the remote Central Highlands of Papua New Guinea, tropical biologists Ben and Alexandra Freeman are inventorying birds on Mount Karimui. The Freemans want to know which birds are living where, and why -- birds like the Raggiana Bird of Paradise and the King of Saxony Bird of Paradise.

 Northern Goshawk - Esteemed Bird of Prey | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The Northern Goshawk is one of the most fearsome and admired of all birds of prey. The elegant goshawk is the largest hawk of the northern forest. Since at least medieval times, falconers have regarded the goshawk as a bird of great distinction. Attila the Hun even wore its image on his helmet.

 A Northern Gannet Meets Superstorm Sandy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Here's a remarkable story about a bird that survived Superstorm Sandy. A Northern Gannet was flying over the Atlantic Ocean near New Jersey’s south shore, just as Sandy reached the coast there.

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