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Topknot Pigeon
2009-04-07 18:54:51

he Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus) is a species of bird native to Australia. It is often spotted over rainforests and valleys, but can also be found around palm trees, figs, eucalyptus forests and other woodlands. They are completely arboreal. They mostly occur from Cape York in Queensland to the South Coast of New South Wales near the coast but have been seen as south as Tasmania and...

Blue Bonnet
2009-04-07 18:18:26

The Blue Bonnet (Northiella haematogaster) is a species of bird native to Australia. It is the only member of the genus Northiella. Its habitat includes open woodland, scrub, river forest, spinifex (a type of Australian grass), and farmlands. It is found throughout the eastern half of Australia, and a smaller race is found in the western Australian Nullarbor (flat, almost treeless, arid or...

Austrailan Painted-snipe
2009-02-27 16:05:50

The Australian Painted-snipe (Rostratula australis) is a species of wading bird native to Australia, though its distribution is scattered and any particular area is unpredictable. It was previously very common in the Riverina. Its habitat includes shallow, freshwater wetlands with thick cover of low vegetation. When conditions becomes unsuitable, it will wander elsewhere. The species has...

Inland Dotterel
2009-02-27 15:59:57

The Inland Dotterel (Charadrius australis) also known as the Australian Dotterel, is a species of plover native to southern and central Australia. Its habitat is open, arid country, and distribution of the species is bound to regions with equal rainfall (mostly about 4 inches of precipitation annually). The adult is 7.5 to 9 inches in length with a 17 to 18.5 inch wingspan. It weighs about...

Pied Oystercatcher
2009-02-21 22:05:31

The Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris) is a species of wading bird found commonly along the coastline of Australia. They prefer sandy coasts, where they feed on bivalve mollusks and other invertebrates. Despite its name, they rarely eat oysters, which are found mainly on rocky coastlines. This bird is easily identifiable by its characteristic 2 to 3 inch long orange-red beak,...

Beach Stone-curlew
2009-02-21 20:30:52

The Beach Stone-curlew (Esacus giganteus) also known as the Beach Thick-knee, is a species of bird found in Australia and the islands of South-east Asia. It is a resident of undisturbed open beaches, exposed reefs, mangroves, and tidal sand flats. Its large range includes coastal eastern Australia as far south as far eastern Victoria, the northern Australian coast and nearby islands, New...

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....

Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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