Help us to make the Canada Jay our national bird by ordering this colourful, informative book at the incredibly low price of CA$9.95 from Hancock House Publishers, Amazon.ca or better book and nature stores.
The book makes an argument as to why Canada needs a national bird, why it should be the Canada Jay (AKA Whiskeyjack), and offers many cool facts about this iconic Canadian bird.
Finally, it provides a list of things Canadians can do to convince our federal government to take action.
Aidez-nous à faire du Mésangeai du Canada notre oiseau national en commandant cet ouvrage attrayant et informatif auprès de Hancock House Publishers, Amazon.ca, ou de votre librairie ou boutique-nature préférée, et ce, au prix incroyablement bas de 9,95 $ CA.
Le livre explique pourquoi le Canada a besoin d'un oiseau national et pourquoi ce devrait être le Mésangeai du Canada, et il présente de nombreux faits captivants sur cet oiseau canadien emblématique.
De plus, il fournit une liste de choses que les Canadiens peuvent faire pour exhorter notre gouvernement fédéral à agir en ce sens.
POCKET BIRDS OF CANADA
2020 EDITION RELEASE
“Of the dozen or so books that feature my name on the cover, Pocket Birds of Canada
is surely my favourite!
This easy-to-use, affordable book represents the only
bird guide that includes
all of Canada’s bird species from coast to coast to coast, and actually fits into one’s
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HOW DO BIRDS KNOW WHEN TO MIGRATE?
Overall, the birds respond to changing daylength, but weather conditions, e.g. prevailing winds, can modify the timing; ultimately the bird’s hormones drive it to eat lots of food to accumulate enough body fat to migrate.
DO ALL BIRDS MIGRATE?
Most but not all bird species engage in north-south movements each spring and fall; grouse-like birds, owls, woodpeckers less likely to migrate; even within migratory species, some individuals stay north in winter, especially in mild winter with lots of food and cover.
WHY DO BIRDS FLYING IN TIGHT, LARGE FLOCKS NOT BUMP INTO ONE ANOTHER?
This is very difficult to study; possibly a combination of highly developed visual abilities, sensory receptors in the skin to detect vibrations from neighbouring birds’ wings, excellent motor coordinaton, and strong reflexes are responsible.
CAN BIRDS FLY BACKWARD?
Hummingbirds are masters at it, but other small songbirds, and even large herons, can flutter backwards if pressed to do so.
WHY DO SOME BIRDS FLY IN V-FORMATIONS
Some species like geese, cormorants and pelicans gain lift from the rising eddies of air currents whirling off the bird immediately ahead of them. This saves energy in the long run. Formation flying also prevents mid-air collisions among large birds.
WHAT HAPPENS TO EGGSHELLS AFTER BIRDS HATCH?
For precocial birds, they are left in the nest; for altricial birds, they are removed or eaten by the parents for calcium or crushed by the young.
DO BIRDS RECOGNIZE THEIR OWN EGGS AND YOUNG?
Most birds cannot recognize their own eggs. Parasitic layers like cowbirds and European cuckoos count on this inability. Gulls sometimes even choose large, fake eggs to incubate over their own. Most birds accept any birds that hatch in their nests and raptors will accept fostered babies of another raptor species. Strange-looking young are often rejected by pheasants and ducks.
DO BIRDS HAVE A PENIS?
Only 3 percent of all birds have a penis, flightless birds and waterfowl among them; most have a grooved papilla-like organ down which the semen flows.
DO BIRDS EVER LAY UNFERTILIZED EGGS?
Chickens without access to sperm do; occasionally but rarely, members of a wild pair of birds are not synchronized, leading to infertile eggs.
ARE ONLY THE MALES MORE BRIGHTLY COLOURED?
In most species, the male is brightly coloured to attract mates and defend the territory, but in a few species such as phalaropes, the males which incubate the eggs and raise the young are less brightly coloured.
WHY ARE BIRD SPECIES NOT LISTED ALPHABETICALLY IN FIELD GUIDES?
They are listed taxonomically with the most primitive first, e.g. ostriches, loons, and the most developed last, e.g. sparrows