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Little Swift
2008-11-29 19:24:45

The Little Swift (Apus affinis), also known as House Swift, is a small bird similar in appearance to a barn swallow or house martin. It is, however, unrelated to these passerine species, as swift's are in the separate order Apodiformes. The resemblance between the two orders are due to close life styles brought on through evolution. They are found from Africa eastwards through southern tropical...

African Harrier Hawk
2008-11-25 22:23:36

The African Harrier Hawk (Polyboroides typus), or Gymnogene, is a bird of prey found in Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Its natural habitat is woodland with palm trees and often near water. Adults are about 23.5 to 26 inches in length. The upperparts, head and breast are pale gray. The belly is white with fine dark barring. The broad wings are pale gray with a black trailing edge fringed...

Tawny Pipit
2008-09-13 15:42:04

The Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris), is a passerine bird that breeds in much of temperate Europe, Asia and northwest Africa. It migrates in winter to tropical Africa and the Indian subcontinent. In south Asia it can be difficult to distinguish this species from other species of Pipits that winter or are residents in that area. The Tawny Pipit is 6.5 to 7 inches long and is mainly sandy brown...

Migratory Locust
2008-08-06 17:53:40

The Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria), is the most widespread species of locust. It occurs throughout Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It was once very common in Europe but has now become rare there. Because of the vast geographic area it occupies, which comprises many different ecological zones, numerous subspecies have been described. However, not all experts agree on the validity...

Scrub Hare
2008-06-16 16:02:21

The Scrub Hare (Lepus saxatilis), is a species of hare found in South Africa, parts of central Africa, and Namibia. It is found at about 3200 to 6500 feet above sea level. Its dorsal fur is gray and black, while its ventral fur is white. It has a black and white tail, while it has lighter fur around its face. Its length varies from 17.5 to 25 inches, and it weighs 3.5 to 10 pounds. Females...

Chinese Crested Dog
2008-05-21 10:54:32

The Chinese Crested Dog is an unusual looking toy breed of dog. A Chinese Crested dog was dubbed the "World's Ugliest Dog". It is speculated that the breed was originally used as a rat-catcher on ships and farmland. There are two types of Chinese Crested Dog: the Hairless, created by a dominant gene, and the Powderpuff. The Hairless variety can have various amounts of body hair. A true...

Cape Sparrow
2008-05-12 14:41:50

The Cape Sparrow (Passer melanurus), also called the Mossie, is a species of sparrow that lives in dry areas of southern Africa. Photo Copyright and Credit

Rock Bunting
2008-05-12 10:49:03

The Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia), is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae. It breeds in northwest Africa, southern Europe east to central Asia, and the Himalayas. It is partially migratory, with northern populations wintering further south, mainly within the breeding range of the resident southern populations. It is a rare wanderer to western Europe. This bird is 6.25 inches in...

Old World Climbing Fern Lygodium microphyllum
2008-04-30 22:52:26

The Old World Climbing Fern (Lygodium microphyllum), is a climbing fern originating in tropical Africa, South East Asia, Melanesia and Australia. It is an invasive weed in the US States of Florida and Alabama where it invades open forest and wetland areas. It is also commonly known as the Small Leaf Climbing Fern, climbing Maidenhair, Snake Fern and Gribbly Wib after the Old English.

Southern Adders-tongue Ophioglossum vulgatum
2008-04-30 22:46:47

The Southern Adder's-tongue (Ophioglossum vulgatum), is a species of the plant genus Ophioglossum. It is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, with a scattered distribution in Europe, Asia, northwestern Africa, and eastern North America. This small, hard-to-spot plant occurs singly in un-improved pastures, rock crevices and grassy path-sides but also occurs in colonies of...

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.