Monday, 20 September 2010

Birds of Iceland.

The Graylag is a bird with a wide range in the Old World. The Graylag Goose is one of the species of the genus Anser to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies. The Greylag is the largest and bulkiest of the grey Anser geese. It has a rotund, bulky body, a thick and long neck, and a large head and bill. It has pink legs and feet, and an orange or pink bill. The plumage of the Greylag Goose is greyish-brown, with a darker head and paler belly with variable black spots. Its plumage is patterned by the pale fringes of its feathers. It has a white line bordering its upper flanks. This species is found throughout the Old World, apparently breeding where suitable localities are to be found in many European countries, although it no longer breeds in southwestern Europe and extends across Asia to China . Graylag (Anser anser) lays its eggs on lowland all around Iceland and is the most common species of geese in the country.

Starlings are small to medium-sized passerine birds in the family Sturnidae. Starlings occur naturally in the Old World, from Europe, Asia and Africa, to northern Australia and the islands of the tropical Pacific..The starling species familiar to most people in Europe and North America is the European Starling. Starlings (sturnus vulgaris) are relatively new in Iceland .Starlings have strong feet, their flight is strong and direct, and they are very gregarious. Their preferred habitat is fairly open country, and they eat insects and fruit. Plumage is typically dark with a metallic sheen .Starlings arrived in the capital area around 1960 and are now some of the most common birds in the area. The stock numbers 5000-15.000 individuals in winter. Around 1.000- 2.000 pairs breed in summer.Most species nest in holes, laying blue or white eggs. The birds can recognize particular individuals by their calls, and are currently the subject of research into the evolution of human language.

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