Bird On A WireSD [WORK]
The twelve-wired bird-of-paradise (Seleucidis melanoleucus) is a medium-sized, approximately 33 cm (13 in) long, velvet black and yellow bird-of-paradise. The male has a red iris, long black bill and rich yellow plumes along his flanks. From the rear of these plumes emerge twelve blackish, wire-like filaments, which bend back near their bases to sweep forward over the bird's hindquarters. The female is a brown bird with black-barred buffy underparts. Their feet are strong, large-clawed and pink in color.
Bird On A WireSD
The display dance of the twelve-wired bird of paradise is called a wire-wipe display and it is performed by males to attract females by showing their flank plumes and bare pigmented thighs. Males use their 12 flank plume "wires" to make contact with the female by brushing across the female's face and foreparts. 
The sole representative of the monotypic genus Seleucidis, the twelve-wired bird-of-paradise is a bird of lowland forests. The male displays on an exposed vertical perch with his breast-shield flared. Their diet consists mainly of fruits and arthropods in addition to frogs, insects, and nectar.
They are found in flat lowlands and swamp forests, particularly throughout New Guinea and Salawati Island, Indonesia. The twelve-wired bird-of-paradise is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and is listed on Appendix II of CITES. It has not been easy to breed them in captivity. The first successful captive breeding program was at Singapore's Jurong Bird Park, in 2001.
I've always been an animal person more than a people person, and I have a particular fondness for birds. A few years ago, I found an embarrassing childhood diary entry recounting the time I whistled at the birds on the tree outside my bedroom window. They whistled! Back! I felt like Snow White. Now I have my two cats and all the birds who visit my balcony bird feeder every day.
Since WIRED declared Bird Buddy to be one of the Best of CES in 2022, I've thought about little else. While waiting for the feeder to be shipped, I tested another smart feeder, the Netvue Birdfy, which I also loved. While the two are very similar, Bird Buddy has one important feature: It doesn't just tell you what species are visiting, it teaches you about the birds you're spotting.
When connected to the app, you'll be notified when new visitors arrive, and you can cycle through photos and videos, saving whatever ones you like best. The output quality is surprisingly good, despite how quickly some of these birds drop in and take off. You can opt to view the live feed whenever the desire hits, but that disables automatic photos and videos. It takes about two minutes for the app to open the live view, which is slightly inconvenient, but at least the Bird Buddy didn't take pictures of me when I went out to refill the seed.
One thing I like is that the app includes a list of birds the subject might also be, so you can easily figure out which one is right. If that doesn't help, you can submit it for the experts to decipher. (I recently submitted some mystery visitors but have yet to hear back.)
Bird Buddy makes birding from home a joy. Not only can I figure out exactly what species is frolicking away on my balcony, but I can learn about them right there in the app. I learned that those mourning doves often snack on snails (yuck) and hoard their food (same); dark-eyed juncos aren't very friendly (sad); and house finches have excellent memories (I hope they love me).
No one needs to spend $200 on a bird feeder. I've gotten the same number of visitors for less than $30. But getting to know the friends that come for mealtime makes my childhood self smile. If only she knew this day would come when she was whistling away at birds from her window! If birding is also your hobby, it could make your life a lot more fun.
IT may be interesting to many of your readers to know that a specimen of the rare and beautiful twelve-wired Paradise Bird (Seleucides alba) is now alive in the Royal Zoological Gardens at Florence. Signor G. E. Cerruti, who has recently returned from an official tour in the Moluccas and New Guinea, writes me that he obtained it from the Rajah of Salwatty, and that although very wild at first, it soon became tame and quiet; and that he had very little trouble in bringing it home. Here is another proof that these wonderful birds can be brought to Europe without difficulty, and once here, with proper care and ample space, there is little doubt they would be long-lived.
It takes the male twelve-wired bird-of-paradise (Seleucidis melanoleucus) seven years to develop that incredible plumage, but with all the gorgeous velvety black, iridescent purple, and yellow underneath, the effort was entirely worth it.
Based on the size we can eliminate the larger pigeon, and the smaller House Finch and swallows. The long tail rules out starling, bluebird and robin. The color is wrong for a blackbird. That leaves American Kestrel and Mourning Dove. You noted the body was round and the head small (like a dove) rather than slender and blocky headed (like a falcon). Though you may not be able to be 100 percent certain, Mourning Dove is looking more and more likely.
You are kind of correct. Birds on powerlines don't get shocked because there is no potential difference between any two spots on the bird, meaning no electricity would want or need to flow. But yeah the website here is wrong.
It is a fact that the bird does not sits upon high-tension wire i.e. wire carrying 20,000 V. At this very high voltage, electrons rips off from the surface of the wire creating a cloud of electrons and charged ions around the high-tension wire. If bird try to perch upon this wire, it would get a nice-tingling shock in form of sparks from the electron-ion cloud. This is called "Corona discharge". There are several instances where a person comes accidentally close to high-tension overhead wires over train, this person would get electrostatically attracted to this wire and baked alive.This happens in overpopulated areas of Africa and India where due to lack of space, passengers climb up on the roof of the train.
A bird sitting on 35,000V wire has a potential of 35000V but no potential difference. When the bird touches Earth/neutral object it would then have a potential difference of 35,000 V.Current flows in presence of potential difference, not on potential itself.So it first case as there is almost no potential difference so almost no current would flow through it. In the second case as the bird have a potential difference of 35,000V : huge amount of current would flow through it and be roasted alive.
Both of your statements (1st and 2nd) are true. I will clarify your doubts. It is true that bird is poor conductor but its a relative term.It is very poor conductor when its compared to metals,graphite but it is an appreciable conductor when compared to plastic articles, PVC pipes(polyvinyl chloride) and Bakelite( used in switches for insulation). Bird does have some electrolytes present in the body to allow some conduction.Second clarification, Volt is used to measure electric potential and Voltage is used to measure potential difference and both are measured in SI units V,Volts. Current flow in presence of potential difference not on potential itself. A bird sitting on 35,000 V wire have an electric potential of 35000V but no
Thanks for your feedback, Grant! We value your additional information. In the Wonder Text above, we actually state that birds are not good conductors, not insulators. We recently had an engineer review the information and found that it is still accurate. Thanks, Wonder Friend! :)
It's called Corona, and yes they can feel it. It feels like your skin is catching fire. Excites your nerve endings. This is why you don't see birds on extra high voltage lines... Lineman work on the lines from helicopters or climbing out on the line using a Faraday suit to keep the burning sensation at Bay.
Thanks for visiting us today, Mrs. Utter's Kindergarten Class! We sure have had fun WONDERing with you! You learned so much and you have a great connection, too! Smaller birds are usually found on electrical wires because they can balance better. Ostriches are actually the largest living birds on Earth, can you believe it?! You can learn even more about them here: :)
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Thanks for WONDERing with us today, Jayla and Edgar! Birds are great at balancing on wires high in the sky. Humans are much larger than birds, so it would be very very difficult to balance like the birds do. We Wonder if the birds in your neighborhoods sit on wires, too? :)
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