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April 21, 1989 | Clipboard researched by Kathie Bozanich and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times. Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
Description: Bills are long and slightly curved. The breeding male is orange-yellow with a black upper back, wings and tail. A black patch extends over throat area, and there are two whitish bars on the wings. Female lacks black throat and back. Habitat: Riparian woodland, palm groves, arid scrub, deciduous woodland, around human habitation. Diet: Insects, nectar, fruit. Displays: In courtship, on elevated perch, male performs series of exaggerated bows toward female as he approaches, then hops around her singing softly with head pointed skyward; female may respond with similar posture.
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June 26, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
After being named the NBA Executive of the Year this season, Larry Bird will reportedly step down as president of the Indiana Pacers. Bird took over as president of the team in 2008 and helped transform it into a contender in the East. The Pacers made their deepest playoff run in seven years this season, reaching the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat. Bird is “100% sure” he will not return as president of the team, according to the Indianapolis Star, which cited an anonymous source it said had direct knowledge of the situation.
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June 16, 1989 | Clipboard researched by Susan Davis Greene and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times; Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus) Description: Male in breeding plumage has gray crown, chestnut nape, black bib and black bill. Female has streaked back, buffy eye stripe and unstreaked breast. Habitat: Cultivated lands, woodland and edge, around human habitation. Diet: Seeds, insects and fruit. Displays: Courting male hops around female, back flattened, head up, tail down, wings extended with tips nearly touching the ground. Nest: In artificial or natural cavity.
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July 10, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A bird once thought by some to be extinct has been discovered on the island of Cozumel off Mexico's Caribbean coast, conservationists announced Friday. The Cozumel thrasher, a 9-inch brown and white bird found only on Cozumel, once numbered about 10,000. Most died after Hurricane Gilbert in 1988.
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April 28, 1989
Description: Male's head and throat are deep rose red. Female's throat usually shows red flecks, often forming a patch of color. Underparts are grayish in both sexes, mixed with varying amounts of green. Back is an irridescent green in both sexes. Habitat: Open woodland, chaparral, gardens. Diet: Primarily nectar, also spiders and tree sap. Displays: Male flight traces arc of vertical circle before female; rising very high, plummets downward making chirp sound at lowest point, then rises straight above female, hovers and faces her at top of ascent, delivering brief squeaky song.
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June 2, 1989 | Clipboard researched by Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times; Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
(Psaltriparus minimus) Description: Tiny, acrobatic, long-tailed bird that usually feeds in large, active, twittering flocks. Gray-brown above, paler below, brownish cap. Habitat: Woodlands, scrub, chapparal. Diet: Insects (including spiders), seeds, fruit. Displays: Courtship of calls, trills, posturing. Nest: Distinctive gourd-shaped hanging pocket, woven around and supported by twigs. Made of moss, lichen, leaves, cocoons, grass and flowers, secured by spider web and lined with plant down, hair and feathers.
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May 26, 1989 | Clipboard researched by Kathie Bozanich and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times; Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
Description: Male's brown head contrasts with metallic green-black body. Female is gray-brown above, paler below. Habit of feeding with tail cocked up distinguishes species in mixed blackbird flocks. Habitat: Open woodlands, farmlands, suburbs. Diet: Insects, spiders and seeds. Displays: On ground, courting male ruffles feathers of upper body, bows toward female and calls. Nest: The brown-headed cowbird does not build a nest of its own; it is a nest parasite, laying eggs in nests of other species, including flycatchers, warblers, finches and vireos.
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March 16, 1992 | Rick VanderKnyff
THEY'RE BAAAACK: Of more than 100 bird species breeding in Orange County, the one that draws the most attention each year is the cliff swallow, thanks to the enduring myth that it returns to Mission San Juan Capistrano each year on March 19. . . . The bird isn't that punctual and doesn't flock to the mission in the numbers of old, but it's still "our major tourist attraction," says Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Mary Lou Bonsague.
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April 22, 1997 | From Associated Press
M.L. Carr coached the Boston Celtics to the worst record in their 51 seasons. Now his job appears done. He is expected to give up one or both of his positions, coach and director of basketball operations, although General Manager Jan Volk said Monday no decisions have been made after a 15-67 season. "That doesn't mean discussions haven't been undertaken," Volk said. "Obviously, we've not been dealing in a vacuum."
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March 16, 1992 | Rick VanderKnyff
THEY'RE BAAAACK: Of more than 100 bird species breeding in Orange County, the one that draws the most attention each year is the cliff swallow, thanks to the enduring myth that it returns to Mission San Juan Capistrano each year on March 19. . . . The bird isn't that punctual and doesn't flock to the mission in the numbers of old, but it's still "our major tourist attraction," says Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Mary Lou Bonsague.
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June 16, 1989 | Clipboard researched by Susan Davis Greene and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times; Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus) Description: Male in breeding plumage has gray crown, chestnut nape, black bib and black bill. Female has streaked back, buffy eye stripe and unstreaked breast. Habitat: Cultivated lands, woodland and edge, around human habitation. Diet: Seeds, insects and fruit. Displays: Courting male hops around female, back flattened, head up, tail down, wings extended with tips nearly touching the ground. Nest: In artificial or natural cavity.
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