Tue. May 17th, 2022

The poll in The Guardian / BirdLife Australia 2021 of the year 2021 ended with the fantastic adventures coming to the fore.

Although the victory initially made me cry “beauty contest!”, It speaks to our desire for small moments of joy in our daily lives as we are limited to the limits of our own home.

Fantastic adventures with their glorious blue plumage can be seen jumping between the dense shrubbery of the gardens and parks of almost every Australian capital.

And the winner is ... amazing adventure announced as the Australian Bird of the Year in 2021 - video
And the winner is … amazing adventure announced as the Australian Bird of the Year in 2021 – video

For the supreme adventure voter and urban ecologist Kylie Soanes, they have been a consolation throughout the pandemic.

“I’ve seen many of the posts on Twitter that say ‘Oh, this is a common bird. Why couldn’t something more special win? They are not even the best adventures, “says Soanes. “But it is these tiny little balls of pure joy that have managed to hang out in our cities and joy when they flutter past you on the way to work or you see them bouncing around at a train station. They are always busy. ”

For Birdlife Australia’s Sean Dooley, it was not only their color that secured the victory, but also their behavior. “The blue is dazzling. It shines, it’s not just blue, it’s different shades of blue that shine in the light. And although females do not have that brightness, they hold themselves in a certain way. The way they jump around with their tails gives it an attitude and makes them seem cheeky. ”

Early in the days of the pandemic, the hashtag #BirdingFromHome gained momentum and prompted more people to seek a connection to nature in their backyard. “For a large number of us, it has really made us look around and ask who we share these spaces with, and I think that is why adventure has emerged,” Soanes says.

There is also much more to these birds than their insanely beautiful appearance. They are really good fathers. Research released in 2017 found amazingly superior males that sang for their chickens while still in the egg, producing more attentive offspring. They have been known to listen to other birds to detect danger calls, which shows a high awareness. And there is their “scandalous” love life.

“At the time, we thought they had this supreme marital bliss,” Soanes says. “The male and female partner for life and it’s all wonderful. But then researchers found out from genetic research that a single fairy’s nest can consist of eggs from several different fathers. It turns out that the females, just before dawn, sneak out for what is called a ‘pre-dawn attack’, and have a small sexy encounter with the nearby male fairy tale. They’re pretty outrageous. ”

In September, Soanes launched the Super City Wren’s civic science project, urging the public to record observations of amazing adventures around Melbourne. This came after data published by BirdLife Australia found a decline in observations of fairy tales around Australia’s capitals.

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“In Melbourne and Perth, the reporting rate for fairies has almost halved during this time,” Dooley says. “It says that there are changes in our urban areas and on the outskirts of our big cities, and it is associated with adventure losing habitat.

Although you may still ask why an “ordinary” bird should win, Soanes says that it is also important to notice these birds.

“What happens to these ordinary city birds is that we take them for granted and we think, ‘oh yes, they get well, there are plenty of them’. Then suddenly they are not and they are gone and we stand scratching our heads. That’s what we’re trying to prevent from happening. ”

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