Is it a meerkat? An owl? No, no, it’s a Drongo!

Welcome to the wonderful world of mimicry! Where animals take on the appearance, sound, smell, or behaviour of another animal or its surroundings as a form of defence or tactical attacking technique to fool potential prey. Any of you Australians out there who thought I might go on about the origins of  dim-witted clumsy people have to look elsewhere I’m afraid.

There are a few main species of Drongo; the Black Drongo, the Spangled Drongo and the Fork-Tailed Drongo. The Black Drongo is native to Asia, the Spangled Drongo is native to Australia and the Fork-Tailed Drongo is found in Africa. These tweeting twitterers are actually quite aggressive and confident birds, often known to attack or invade larger birds’ territory and nests.

Fork Tailed Drongo

Master of the Mimic: the Fork Tailed Drongo

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Where can I see… Penguins

Penguins, very cool customers! These guys are birds, but they don’t fly. Well, not in the air anyway. Their wings have evolved to help them fly through water instead. You will only see these chaps in the southern hemisphere, i.e. to the south of the equator, unless of course you visit a zoo! All of the 17 species of penguin populations live near or on the coast, with most living on the Antarctic or the Subantarctic islands. The most northern penguin is the Galapagos Penguin (who does occasionally sneak north of the equator).


So, where are some great places to spot them? Here we list the major breeding locations for each species.
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Southern Cassowary

Today’s photo fact is about the Cassowary, the Australasian member of the Ratite group, which include other notable flightless fowls such as the Ostrich, Emu and the Kiwi.

With a distinct blue head and a bizarre cask on their head, they are usually shy and rarely spotted in the wild. This young one obviously hadn’t yet realised it was supposed to be shy and was found ambling across the road!

They are quite aggressive, and have been known to attack people with their powerful legs and sharp claws, so best stay out of their way and take pictures from a distance…

For more birds and facts, visit our Birds gallery on Flickr.

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Where can I see… Beautiful Birds

Yes some women are Crazy Creatures, however anyone looking for pretty ladies may want to head somewhere else. This article is more of an ornithologists fantasy!Azure Kingfisher

We have made an arbitrary selection of birds that we think are some of the best looking and added some hints on where to find them. Please do add any other pretty birds you can recommend to the comments.
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