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Pacific Diver Gavia pacifica
2012-03-22 23:41:29

The Pacific Diver (Gavia pacifica), also known as the Pacific Loon, is a species of bird in the loon family Gaviidae. Its habitat is on deep lakes in the tundra region of Alaska and northern Canada as far east as Baffin Island, and in Russia east of the Lena River. Unlike most other loons/divers, the Pacific Diver may migrate in flocks, wintering at sea along the Pacific Coast, or on large...

Common Gallinule Gallinula chloropus
2009-07-09 16:44:55

The Common Gallinule (Gallinula chloropus) is a bird that is a member of the rail family. This bird can be found primarily scattered outside of Australasia as well as many tropical rain forests, deserts, and the polar regions. In other parts of the world this bird is known as the common moorhen. The Common Gallinule is an American term which also refers to the subspecies G. c. cachinnans. "Moor...

American Coot Fulica americana
2009-07-09 16:35:14

The American coot (Fulica americana) is a member of the Rallidae bird family. This bird makes its home in open bodies of waters and wetlands. The coot can grow to be about 16 inches in length and weight about 1.4 pounds. Adult coots have a white frontal shield that usually has a reddish-brown spot between the eyes by the top of the bill. Its bill is typically short, white, and thick. At the...

Coontie Zamia pumila
2009-06-17 12:42:42

The Coontie (Zamia pumila) is a species of woody plant native to the West Indies and Cuba. It was the first species described for the genus. It is found in a variety of habitats that has well-drained sands or loamy soils. It prefers filtered light to partial shade. It is now isolated to central Cuba and the Dominican Republic. It was once abundant in southern Puerto Rico and Haiti, but are now...

Chinese Prickly Ash Zanthoxylum simulans
2009-06-17 12:33:16

The Chinese Prickly Ash or Flatspine Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum simulans) is a species of flowering plant native to eastern China and Taiwan. It is one of several plants of Zanthoxylum from which Sichuan Pepper is produced. It is a small spreading tree that grows to 23 feet tall. Its leaves are 2.75 to 5 inches long and pinnate (having parts of a leaf arranged on both sides of the stem). Each...

Flame of the Forest Butea monosperma
2009-04-28 16:08:40

Butea monosperma, Flame of the Forest or Parrot Tree is indigenous to tropical areas of southern Asia. This deciduous tree grows to nearly 50 feet in height with leaves that feature 3 smaller leaflets that are approximately 4 - 8 inches in length growing symetrically along a center stem that is approximately 3 - 6 inches long. Small colorful reddish orange flowers less than an inch long,...

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...

Black-headed Gull
2009-04-01 14:11:15

The Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) is a species of bird that breeds in most of Europe and Asia, and coastal Canada. Most of the population is migratory and winters further south. There are some year round resident populations in westernmost Europe. Some birds will over-winter in northeastern North America, where it was formerly known as the Common Black-headed Gull. The...

Great Black-backed Gull
2009-04-01 13:58:56

The Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) is a species of bird that is found on the European and North American coasts and islands of the North Atlantic. It is mainly a resident species, but some birds may move further inland to large lakes and reservoirs. This species was first described by Linnaeus in his 18th century work, "Systema Naturae". The adult is 24 to 28 inches long with a 55...

Kelp Gull
2009-04-01 13:50:28

The Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) is a species of bird that is found on coasts and islands throughout much of the southern hemisphere. There are two subspecies: L. d. vetula occurs around southern Africa, and L. d. dominicanus is found around South America, parts of Australia (where it overlaps with Pacific Gull), and New Zealand (where it is known as the Southern Black-backed Gull). The...