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Funny & smart facts about the birds at Cristaland (part 1)

  • Azure winged magpie - Azurelster:

The Azure winged magpie occurs from sea level up to an altitude of 1600 meters. Like almost all corvids, the Azure magpie is an omnivore. The food spectrum includes insects and their larvae as well as nuts and fruits. The Azure magpie reaches a total length of 33-38 centimeters with a weight of 76-118 grams and a wingspan of 38-40 centimeters.

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Known for its striking azure wings, the Azure winged magpie is truly a sight to behold in the avian world. With its elegant demeanor, one might imagine this bird engaging in sophisticated activities like sipping tea with its pinky up, adding a touch of whimsy to its already charming presence.

  • Bee-eaters - Bienenfresser:

The bee-eater prefers warm climates. Its distribution area extends from southwest and western Asia, northwest Africa and southern and southeast Europe northwards to southeast Poland. It is one of the most colorful, hard-to-mistake birds in Europe. In flight, the bee-eater primarily preys on the hymenoptera bees, wasps, bumblebees, hornets, but also dragonflies, cicadas and flying beetles. Bee-eaters have a body length of 25-29 cm and a wingspan of 36-40 cm.

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The Bee-eaters are like the trendsetters of the bird community, always flaunting their vibrant and stylish plumage. Their fashion-forward approach to bird attire makes them stand out as the runway models of nature, effortlessly impressing onlookers with their colorful and chic appearance.

  • Blackbirds - Amsel:

The blackbird's typical concert is simply part of a warm summer evening, as is its warning call when a cat sneaks up on you. The males are black and have a yellow beak; the females' plumage is mostly dark brown. Blackbirds are flexible and adaptable omnivores, but rely on small amounts of animal food throughout the year. When this becomes scarce they feed on berries and other fruits. The body length is between 24 and 27 centimeters. The wing length is between 128-133 mm, which roughly corresponds to a wingspan of between 34-38.5 centimeters. The weight is between 70-150 grams.

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As the sun sets, the melodious evening concert of the blackbirds begins, filling the air with a symphony of sounds reminiscent of a summer concert. Their music is not only a delight to the ears but also serves as a natural alarm system, warning other creatures of lurking dangers like prowling cats, adding a touch of drama to their performances.

  • Blue tit - Blaumeise:

Blue tits usually breed in tree hollows, and nesting boxes are also often used. The main competitor for breeding holes and foraging is the much larger great tit. The blue tit prefers animal food, especially insects and spiders. Weather influences have the greatest effect on breeding success; It is noteworthy that above-average temperatures also results in reduced breeding success. Only about a quarter of the fledged young birds breed in the following year. the blade length is between 62-71 millimeters and the weight is around 11 grams.

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The Blue tit may be small in size, but it carries itself with a regal air that suggests a level of sophistication uncommon in the avian world. These birds are so particular about the weather that one might imagine them consulting a personal meteorologist to ensure their comfort, showcasing their finicky yet endearing nature.

  • Collared dove – Türkentaube:

Collared doves originally come from Asia, but as they also found an increasingly better supply of food through agricultural and household waste in more northern areas of Europe, they expanded their habitat throughout Europe in the course of the 20th century. The most striking feature is a deep black neck stripe in the adult plumage, which is also framed by a narrow white stripe. Collared doves feed mainly on plants, seeds, grains and fruits, less often on leaves and young shoots. Occasionally the birds also eat insects or nuts. The collared dove is 31-33 cm long and is therefore about the same size as the city pigeon. However, it is lighter and longer-tailed, making it appear slimmer and more delicate. Its wingspan is 47-55 cm and it weighs 150-200 grams.

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Graceful and charming, the Collared dove exudes elegance in its every movement, resembling a delicate ballerina gracefully pirouetting in the bird kingdom. Their refined dining habits, delicately pecking at seeds and grains, further accentuate their graceful presence, making them a true symbol of poise and sophistication among birds.




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