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Bush Stone-curlew
2009-02-21 20:08:18

The Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius) is a species of ground-dwelling bird native to Australia. Although related to waders such as the oystercatchers, avocets and plovers, it is a more terrestrial predator and is more like the roadrunners of North America. It remains somewhat common in the northern Australia, but has become rare in the fertile south. Fox predation is considered to be one...

Asian Koel
2009-01-17 16:24:39

The Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea) or Common Koel, is a species of bird found in South Asia, China, and southeast Asia into Australia. It has several subspecies (most considered full species) that converge over a wide range. It is a member of the cuckoo order of Cuculiformes. The name koel means "nightingale" in India because of the Indian Koel's harmonious call. In eastern Australia the...

Black-tailed Native-hen
2008-12-26 19:34:28

The Black-tailed Native-hen (Gallinula ventralis)is a species of bird in the rail family, Rallidae. It is native to Australia and New Zealand. This species is nomadic, following seasonal water sources. It is found year round living near fresh and brackish water. It is very common in Australia and has a wide range. The Black-tailed Native-hen is a large dark bird, reaching about 15 inches in...

Spotted Harrier
2008-11-25 22:03:15

The Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis), also known as the Smoke Hawk, is a large bird of prey that is found in Sulawesi, the Lesser Sunda Islands and is sparsely distributed throughout mainland Australia. It inhabits open country, especially in arid and semiarid regions. The Spotted Harrier has gray upperparts, chestnut facial disc and a dark rump. The wingspan is 14.75 to 18.5 inches long....

Arafura File Snake
2008-11-21 15:37:06

The Arafura File Snake (Acrochordus arafurae), is an aquatic species of snake found in northern Australia and New guinea. This quite common snake is often hunted by the indigenous people of northern Australia. They simply catch a snake and toss it on the bank as the snake is quite immobilized without the support of the water. The skin of the Arafura file snake is used to make drums in New...

Barramundi
2008-10-16 17:43:44

The Barramundi (Lates calcarifer) is a species of fish that is native to Australia and New Guinea. It is commonly found from northern and eastern Australia through the Torres Strait to New Guinea. It is a salt and freshwater species. This species is also known as the Giant Perch, Giant Seaperch, Asian Seabass, Australian Seabass, White Seabass, and a variety of other names. Its nickname is the...

Atlantic Saury
2008-10-08 12:46:29

The Atlantic Saury (Scomberesox saurus) is found in the Atlantic Ocean, in the seas near Australia and the Mediterranean. These fish grow to about 13.75 inches long, although they can attain lengths of up to 20 inches long. They have beadlike jaws and a row of finlets behind the dorsal and anal fins. They feed on zooplankton and fish larvae. They are common prey to tuna, marlin, bluefish and...

Brown Thornbill
2008-08-14 12:26:51

The Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla), is a passerine bird usually found in eastern and south-eastern Australia, including Tasmania. It can grow up to 4 inches long, and feeds on insects. Photo Copyright and Credit

Spotted Pardalote
2008-08-14 11:58:49

The Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus), is a very small bird commonly found in all of the reasonably fertile parts of Australia (the east coast, the south-east, and the south-west corner). While very common, it is seldom seen up close enough to enable identification. This bird nests almost entirely in tunnels. It is one of Australia's smallest bird species at only 3.15 to 4 inches in...

White-eared Honeyeater
2008-08-11 19:09:26

The White-eared Honeyeater (Lichenostomus leucotis), is an Australian bird found in south east Australia, south west Australia an into south west of Queensland. It has a noticeable white splash behind the eyes, the 'ears', on a mainly black head, throat and beak. The top of the head is a dark grey color. The body is a green color, shading to a softer yellow underbelly.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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