We can't express how thankful we are to have built this community of dedicated photographers from Kern County. Unfortunately, the time has come for the site to close down. Please head over to the site news page for more information.
Firstly, I apologize if most of the images are of my own work. I know this seems self serving. My intent is to have a gallery that is instructive about the birds of Kern Co.. I assure you I'm going through other photographers work, and am going to include them in the gallery, there are some images of other photographers already, and intend to add more. This gallery will be a constant work in progress. Again the purpose is to expose the people of Kern Co. to the extensive avian life of our county. Please be patient ;-)
A Guide to some of the more common endemic and migratory birds that frequent Kern Co., A little biology into the classification: Passerines are the perching birds -- technically members of the order Passeriformes. Birds in this order are characterized by having four toes, three directed forward and one backward, all joining the foot at the same level. Orders are primary taxonomic subdivisions of classes. Birds compose the class Aves (we are in the class Mammalia; bees are in the class Insecta). Roughly 60 percent of all bird species are passerines, but only about 40 percent of the families. Thus, this order makes up an extremely large fraction of bird diversity, and the families within it have a disproportionately high average number of species. Both facts indicate the great success of the passerine way of life: not only have a great many passerine species evolved, but the existence of so many similar species within families suggests a relatively low rate of extinctions, a high rate of speciation, or both. Because the diversity of passerine species is so extensive, and perhaps because they are the most familiar of birds, the class Aves is often conveniently divided simply into passerines and nonpasserines. Within the Passeriformes, two suborders which differ in the structure of the vocal apparatus are usually recognized: the Oscines and the Suboscines. Only one of eighteen passerine families represented in North America are Suboscines: the Tyrannidae (tyrant flycatchers -- flycatchers, kingbirds, phoebes, etc.). The Oscines, divided into about 70 families, are the "songbirds." This is the group of birds in which singing is most highly developed. The calls of some birds in other groups are quite musical, but it is in the Oscines that we perceive songs to reach their full beauty and complexity. Linnaeus System of Classification: Kingdom : Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order : Passeriformes
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