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Little Bittern
2008-02-05 15:52:33

The Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus), is a wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae. It is native to the Old World, breeding in Africa, central and southern Europe, western and southern Asia, and Australasia. Birds from temperate regions in Europe and western Asia are migratory, wintering in Africa and further south in Asia, while those nesting in the tropics are sedentary. It is rare north...

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse
2008-02-05 14:32:04

The Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles exustus), is found in sparse, bushy, arid land throughout central and northern Africa, and southern Asia. Though they prefer hot, arid climates, they rely highly on water as well. The diet of the Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse consists mostly of seeds, grasses, herbs, and mustard leaves. They are capable of traveling up to 50 miles in one day in...

Waterbuck
2007-12-21 11:12:26

The Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus), is an antelope found throughout Africa, except in the northern regions. Their habitat is scrub savanna areas near water where they eat grass. Despite its name, the waterbuck does not spend much time in the water, but will take refuge there to escape predators. Waterbuck stand 39 to 51 inches at the shoulder and weigh from 350 to 530 pounds. Their coats...

Zebu
2007-12-21 10:51:40

The Zebu (Bos primigenius indicus), also known as "˜humped cattle' or "˜indicus cattle', is native to Asia. They have been imported elsewhere such as Africa and Brazil for breeding purposes. There are around 75 known breeds of zebu spread throughout Asia and Africa. Zebus are thought to be derived from the Asian subspecies of aurochs. Zebus have humps on their shoulders, large dewlaps...

Bokmakierie
2007-10-24 16:32:18

The Bokmakierie (Telophorus zeylonus), is a bushshrike and a passerine bird closely related to the true shrikes in the family Laniidae. This species is endemic to southern Africa, mainly in South Africa and Namibia, with an isolated population in the mountains of eastern Zimbabwe and western Mozambique. It is a species of open habitats, including karoo scrub, fynbos and parks and gardens in...

Blue-naped Mousebird
2007-10-24 13:32:16

The Blue-naped Mousebird (Urocolius macrourus), is a bird found in the drier regions of eastern Africa. It is sometimes called the "Blue-naped Coly". The Blue-naped Mousebird is about 13-14 inches in length. It has a crested head, turquoise-blue nape patch and black-and-red bill, and slender tail. The young lack the blue on the nape, and have pink facial skin and greenish bills.

Small Buttonquail
2007-10-24 12:54:07

The Small Buttonquail (Turnix sylvatica), also known as the Andalusian Hemipode is a buttonquail and one of a small family of birds which resemble, but are unrelated to, true quails. The species is resident from Southern Spain and Africa through India and tropical Asia to Indonesia. It avoids thick forest and hilly country. It lives preferably in cornfields and stretches of grassy plain as well...

Ground Pangolin
2007-10-23 16:39:46

The Ground Pangolin (Manis temminckii), also known as Temminck's Pangolin or the Cape Pangolin, is one of four species of pangolin which can be found in Africa. They are the only one found in southern and eastern Africa. Although it is present over quite a large area, it is rare throughout it and notoriously difficult to spot. Its scarcity is partly because it is hunted by humans for its...

Eastern Fork-marked Lemur
2007-10-22 16:02:08

The Eastern Fork-marked Lemur (Phaner furcifer), is found in the coastal forests of northern and western Madagascar. Its diet consists mainly of the gum of trees in temperate deciduous forests. It has become specialized for harvesting this substance. It has a dental comb-like filling that is used to scrape the gum that oozes out of holes in the tree's surface. The structure consists of a row of...

Gundis
2007-08-23 05:13:44

Gundis (family: Ctenodactylidae) are a group of small, stocky rodents found in Africa. Gundis were first noticed by western naturalists in 1774 and were given the name "˜Gundi mice'. According to DNA research, the Gundi is considered a descendant of the Laotian Rock Rat. There are 4 subspecies of Gundi recognized. They are: Val's Gundi (Ctenodactylus vali) Felou Gundi (Felovia vae)...

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  • A member of the swell-mob; a genteelly clad pickpocket. Sometimes mobsman.
Use of the word 'swell-mobsman' dates at least to the early 1800s.