This is one for the upcoming Valentine's Day. This male Iago Sparrow (pic 1) seems to be looking up to his young beloved (pic 2), holding an hibiscus flower to try to impress her. I found these birds during my trip to Cape Verde where they can be found. Females and young birds have brown plumage with black marks above, and a dull grey underside, and are distinguished from other species of sparrow by their large, distinct supercilium. Males have a brighter underside and bold black and chestnut stripes on their head. It is a smaller species of sparrow.
The Buffy-tufted-ear marmoset - scientific name: Callithrix aurita - is an specie endemic of Brazilian Atlantic Forest, that have conservation status Vulnerable (IUCN 3.1). It is a New World primate, of subfamily Callitrichinae, measuring from 19 to 24.8 cm (head-body), and having a not prehensile tail, with lenght from 27 to 35 cm. Inhabits the mountain forests of Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and east and northeast of São Paulo.
Antonio this is a great spotting however, given that this has a Vulnerable status, could you please edit and remove photos and notes indicating the exact location as quickly as possible. Also please move the pin on the map.
This advice is to discourage poachers and those in the pet trade.
This spotting will be monitored for amendments. Thank you.
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.