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Keyaki Zelkova serrata
2009-04-17 15:01:27

Keyaki or Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata) is a species of plant native to Japan, Korea, eastern China, and Taiwan. It is also grown in Europe and North America. The first cultivation outside of its native Asia was by Philipp Franz von Siebold, who introduced it to the Netherlands in 1830. There are two different varieties. This plant is a medium to large deciduous tree that grows from 65...

Eurasian Wryneck
2009-04-07 16:02:40

The Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) is a species of bird that is part of the family of woodpeckers. It breeds in the temperate regions of Europe and Asia. It is a migratory species and winters in tropical Africa and southern Asia. Its habitat is open woodland and orchards. It can also be seen in sandy areas along its migration route as it forages for ants. The wryneck gets its name from...

Aaronsohn Aaron
2013-03-16 00:00:00

Aaron Aaronsohn (1876-May 15, 1919) was a renowned Romanian-born Jewish agronomist, botanist, traveler, entrepreneur, and Zionist politician. He was born in Bacău, Romania, and brought Palestine, then part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire, at the age of six, when his parents were among the founders of Zichron Yaakov, one of the pioneer Jewish agricultural settlements of the First Aliyah....

Wood Sandpiper
2009-02-28 22:28:58

The Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) is a species of wading bird that breeds in sub-Arctic wetlands from the Scottish Highlands across Europe and Asia. It is migratory and winters in Africa and southern Asia, including India. Its preferred winter habitat is fresh waters. This bird has a short fine bill, brown back and long yellowish legs. It has a small white rump patch. It is closely...

Greenshank
2009-02-28 22:12:04

The Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) is a species of wading bird of the family Scolopacidae. It is a sub-Arctic bird, breeding from northern Scotland east across northern Europe and Asia. It is migratory and winters in Africa, south Asia, and Australia. It is usually a bird of fresh water in the winter. It is closely related to the Greater Yellowlegs. Apart from the Willet, the Greenshank is...

Common Redshank
2009-02-28 22:10:27

The Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) is a species of wading bird of the family Scolopacidae. It is closely related to the Marsh Sandpiper and more closely related to the Wood Sandpiper. It is a widespread breeding bird across much of Europe and northern Asia. It is migratory and winters on the coasts around the Mediterranean, in south Asia, and on the Atlantic coast of Europe from Great Britain...

Blood Pheasant
2009-01-15 18:38:10

The Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus) is a species of pheasant that has 15 different subspecies. It is found in the mountains of Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet, northern Burma and northwest regions of China. Its habitat is mainly coniferous or mixed forests and scrub areas near the snowline. During the summer they are found at higher elevations and depending on the amount of snowfall in fall and...

Dwarf Loach
2009-01-15 18:15:49

The Dwarf Loach (Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki) also known as the Ladderback Loach, Pygmy Loach, Chain Loach or Chain Botia, is a freshwater species of fish commonly found in the pet trade. Its natural habitat is the Mae Klong River and the Khwae Noi River in western Thailand. It is an endangered species and is protected in Thailand. It was thought to be extinct until recently rediscovered in...

Pygmy Tarsier
2008-12-18 20:55:04

The Pygmy Tarsier (Tarsius pumilus), is a nocturnal primate that is found in central Sulawesi, Indonesia. It is also known as the Mountain Tarsier or Lesser Spectral Tarsier. It was thought to be extinct until 2000, when scientists accidentally killed one while trapping rats. The first Pygmy Tarsiers found alive since the 1920s was in August of 2008 by a research team from Texas A&M University....

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...

Word of the Day
tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.