PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD has over 1,600 members and over 124,000 photos and videos.
BIRD OF THE WEEK
Juan Fernández Firecrown
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Sephanoides fernandensis
IUCN STATUS: Critically Endangered
HABITAT: Native scrub, forest, and gardens.
The beautiful Juan Fernández Firecrown is surely one of the world’s most isolated hummingbird species. Unlike mainland birds such as the Chilean Woodstar, this hummingbird is found on just one far-flung Pacific island in Chile’s remote Juan Fernández Archipelago, more than 370 miles west of the South American mainland. That island, Isla Robinson Crusoe, has been designated an Alliance for Zero Extinction site because it contains this species’ entire global population.
The female Juan Fernández Firecrown may not be quite as flashy as the male, but she is still a brilliant dark green above and white below, spangled with iridescent green spots, and topped with an iridescent blue-green crown. (See photo below.) In contrast, the male is a uniform rufous-orange, with a fiery reddish-yellow crown.
PLANET EARTH IN BLACK AND WHITE has over 3,800 members and over 170,000 photos and videos.
Recently, the Cerulean Warbler has become even harder to find. Its population has declined by about 70 percent in the past 40 years, making it one of North America’s most threatened migratory songbirds. More resources are needed to reverse this alarming trend.
All along its migratory path, the bird faces problems: habitat destruction on both breeding and wintering grounds, and nest parasites like Brown-headed Cowbirds in the fragmented forests that remain.
Sign up for ABC’s eNews to learn how you can help protect birds
PLANET EARTH IN SILHOUETTES has over 1,400 members and over 24,000 photos and videos.
Refugee nurse on the front line against coronavirus in Iran:
Moheyman Alkhatavi, 24, uses a long, cotton-tipped swab to collect cell samples from the nose of a frail, elderly man
Doctors and nurses wearing surgical masks and gloves dash in and out of hospital rooms, working around the clock to register and check the symptoms of anxious patients filling up every available space in the hospital’s hallways.
Additionally, UNHCR continues to work closely with its government counterpart the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants’ Affairs, the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, other UN agencies including the World Health Organization, and national and international NGO partners to raise awareness of key prevention measures amongst refugees and host communities.
PLANET EARTH OUR HOME is our flagship group with over 12,000 members and over 854,000 photos and videos.