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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...

Saiga
2007-10-23 14:30:39

The Saiga (Saiga tatarica), is a species of antelope which originally inhabited a vast area of the Eurasian steppe zone from the foothills of the Carpathians and Caucasus into Dzungaria and Mongolia. Today they can only be found in a few areas in Russia, Kazakhstan, and western Mongolia. During the Ice Age they occurred from the British Isles through central Asia and the Bering Strait into...

Marco Polo Sheep
2007-08-14 04:03:55

The Marco Polo Sheep (Ovis ammon polii), is a subspecies of sheep, specifically the Argali. These sheep are found only in the Pamir Mountains in the border region of China, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. Some of the protected areas where the species occurs include the Khunjerab National Park and Central Karakoram National Park in northern Pakistan and the Taxkongau Nature Reserve in...

Nilgiri Tahr
2007-08-13 03:07:35

The Nilgiri Tahr (Nilgiritragus hylocrius), is an ungulate native to the Nilgiri Hills and the southwestern portion of the Western Ghats range in India. It is known locally as the Nilgiri Ibex or simply Ibex. The Nilgiri Tahr is more closely related to sheep than it is to other Tahrs. Its habitat is open mountain grassland within the mountain rain forests eco-region above 6500 feet generally....

Himalayan Tahr
2007-08-13 03:04:57

The Himalayan Tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus), is a large ungulate and a close relative to the wild goat. Its native habitat is in the rugged wooded hills and mountain slopes of the Himalaya from northern India to Tibet. They spend the summers grazing in high pastures, then come down the mountains and form mixed-sex herds in the winter. Feral Himalayan Tahrs are an introduced species in the South...

Chinese Goral
2007-07-17 11:33:40

The Chinese Goral (Nemorhaedus caudatus), is a species of wild goat found in the mountains of eastern and northern Asia. A population of this subspecies exists in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, near the tracks of the Donghae Bukbu Line. The species is classified as endangered in South Korea, with an estimated population of less than 250.

Bali Tiger
2007-07-16 16:24:33

The Bali Tiger (Panthera tigris balica), also called the Balinese Tiger, is an extinct species of tiger found only on the small Indonesian island of Bali. The tiger was one of three sub-species of tiger found in Indonesia along with the Javan tiger (also extinct) and Sumatran tiger (severely endangered). The Bali Tiger was the smallest of the species and weighed about 198 - 221 pounds....

Northern Pika
2007-06-25 11:02:41

The Northern Pika, Ochotona hyperborea, is a species of pika found across northern Asia, from the Ural Mountains to northern Japan and south through Mongolia, Manchuria, and northern Korea. There are several subspecies of this pika. An adult Northern Pika has a body length of 5 to 7.33 inches, and a tail less than a half inch. The pika sheds its fur twice annually, bearing a reddish-brown...

Harvest Mouse
2007-06-25 08:30:05

The Harvest Mouse, Micromys minutus, is a small rodent native to Europe and Asia. They are typically found in fields of cereal crops such as wheat and oats. They are also found in long grass and hedgerows. They have reddish-brown fur with white under parts and a naked tail. The tail is highly prehensile (good at grasping). An adult has a head and body between 2 and 2.8 inches, with a...

Asian Palm Civet
2007-06-25 07:51:11

The Asian Palm Civet, Paradoxurus hermaphroditus, also known as the Common Palm Civet or the Toddy Cat, is a cat-sized mammal in the Viverridae family. It is native to south-east Asia and southern China. It inhabits forests, parks and suburban gardens with mature fruit trees, fig trees and undisturbed vegetation. Most of its natural habitat is diminishing fast. The Asian Palm Civet is a...

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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.