Top Posts of 2017 at Animal Perspectives

Here are the top posts of 2017 at Animal Perspectives™.

Here are the top posts of 2017 at Animal Perspectives ™.

Why I Dumped My Bird Bath This Week and Why You Should Too

Offering a bird bath to wild birds is a great way to attract them to your yard. Making a water source available, year round, can definitely increase the potential for more backyard activity.

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Giving wild birds extra resources, like a bird bath, comes with responsibility. First and foremost, the bird bath must be clean.

I clean my bird bath daily (and my feeders at every refill). So when my family faced multiple illnesses this week, on top of an urgently scheduled surgery, I knew what I had to do — I had to dump my bird bath.

Read the full post and get more tips here.

How to Approach an Active Bird Nest

It’s important to know how to approach an active bird nest because if done improperly the tenants could be harmed. Here are suggestions on how to do it.


#1. Don’t be Sneaky

Do not sneak up on the nesting box. Make your presence known as you approach by saying something aloud. My go to is, “Sorry to disturb you friends. I’m here to check your nest.” Whatever works — avoid pishing.

#2. TapTapTap

Next, give a gentle taptaptap on the box. This will give a brooding parent time to flee if it chooses to do so.

Read the rest and get more tips here.

“Rare” Black-crowned Night Herons Breed in UK

Via photographic evidence Black-crowned Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) are breeding in the UK for the first time — ever.

Black-crowned Night Heron. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

The remarkable proof was captured by photographer Graham Hall in Somerset, South West England.

Two adults and two juveniles have taken up residence at Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Westhay Moore National Nature Reserve. You can see pictures of the Black-crowned Night Herons on the Trust’s Flickr Page.

Get the rest of the story here.

Sexual Dimorphism in Birds

Feathers set birds apart from any other animal on Earth. Plumage has a variety of important biological functions, including social signaling and survival.


Differences in size, color, weight, and over all appearance are examples of dimorphism in birds. Birds that do not exhibit key differences in size, color, and over all appearance are considered monomorphic.

Monomorphism in Birds


An example of a monomorphic bird species is the American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos). These corivds look almost exactly alike. Mallards (Anas platyrynchus), however, look so different that they were once considered to be a different species of bird.

Read on here!

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