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Cinnamon Sparrow
2008-05-12 14:38:23

The Cinnamon Sparrow (Passer rutilans), also known as the Russet Sparrow, is a species of sparrow found throughout Asia in woodlands and towns. Photo Copyright and Credit

Black-tailed Godwit
2008-05-02 01:25:42

The Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa), is a large shorebird that migrates in flocks to western Europe, Africa, south Asia and Australia. Interestingly, although this species occurs in Ireland and Great Britain all year round, they are not the same birds. The breeding birds depart in autumn, but are replaced in winter by the larger Icelandic race, L. l. islandica. These birds occasionally...

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...

Yellow Bittern
2008-02-05 15:54:07

The Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis), is a small bittern. It is from the Old World, breeding in tropical Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Japan and Indonesia. It is mainly resident, but some northern birds migrate short distances. Their breeding habitat is reed beds. This is a small species at 15 inches in length, with a short neck and longish bill. The male is uniformly dull...

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...

Black Bittern
2008-02-05 13:54:01

The Black Bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis), is a bird of Old World origins. It breeds in tropical Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to China, Indonesia and Australia. It is mainly resident, but some northern birds may migrate short distances. The Black Bittern is a fairly large species at nearly 23 inches in length, with a longish neck and long yellow bill. The adult is uniformly black...

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...

Bronzed Drongo
2007-10-26 13:20:28

The Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus), is a small Asian bird. They are restricted to the Old World tropics. It is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India east to southern China and Indonesia. It is usually found in moist broadleaved forest. These are aggressive and fearless birds, 9.44 inches in length, and will attack much larger species if their nest or young are...

2007-10-24 15:52:08

The Linnet (Carduelis cannabina), is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. The bird is found throughout Europe, western Asia and North Africa. It is mostly resident, but many eastern and northern birds migrate further south in the breeding range or move to the coastal regions. It prefers open land with thick bushes for breeding, including heathland*and garden. It is a...

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.