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2009-01-17 19:13:34

The Smew (Mergellus albellus) is a species of duck that is intermediately placed between mergansers and goldeneyes. It is the only member in its genus Mergellus, which is sometimes grouped with the Mergus genus of mergansers. However, it is most likely closer related to the goldeneyes, and has interbred with the Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula). The Smew is found in the northern taiga...

Squirrel Cuckoo
2009-01-17 16:26:28

The Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana) is a species of bird ranging from northwestern Mexico to northern Argentina and Uruguay, and on Trinidad. The habitat is woodland canopy and edges, second growth, hedges and semi-open areas from sea level to as high as 8200 feet in altitude, though it is not common above 4000 feet. Its name is derived from its habit of running and jumping along branches much...

Greater Scaup
2009-01-17 14:55:32

The Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) or just Scaup in Europe, is a species diving duck found in northern Arctic and sub-Arctic North America and Asia. Its habitat is lakes and bogs on the tundra and at the northern limits of the boreal forest. These birds migrate further south to coastal waters in winter. In North America, Greater Scaup populations have been on a steady decline since the 1990's....

Common Pochard
2009-01-17 14:28:55

The Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) is a species of diving duck found in temperate and northern Europe into Asia. Their habitat is marshes and lakes that are more than 3 feet in depth. They are migratory, and winter in southern Europe and points west. In the British Isles, birds breed in eastern England and lowland Scotland, and in small numbers in Northern Ireland. Large numbers over-winter in...

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...

Dusky Moorhen
2008-12-26 19:23:43

The Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa) is a species of bird in the rail family Rallidae. It is found in Australia, New Guinea and Indonesia. Its habitat is wetlands with a preference for freshwater marshes. It will forage on rubbish tips, and is generally omnivorous, taking a wide variety of plant and animal food. In Indonesia, this species is declining due to competition from the closely...

Eurasian Coot
2008-12-26 19:15:31

The Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra), also known just as Coot, is a species of bird in the rail and crake family Rallidae. It is found across much of the Old World on freshwater lakes and ponds. In the mild parts of its range it is mainly resident. Cooler climate populations migrate further south and west as the waters in much of Asia freeze. It is not a secretive bird and can be seen swimming on...

Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata
2008-12-26 09:45:19

The Red-knobbed Coot (Fulica cristata), also known as the Crested Coot, is a species of bird in the rail and crake family Rallidae. It is resident across much of Africa and in southernmost Spain during the breeding season. Its habitat is freshwater lakes, ponds and waterside grasslands. It is aggressive and strongly territorial during the breeding season. The Red-knobbed Coot is mostly black...

Pomarine Skua
2008-12-26 09:38:56

The Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus), is a species of seabird that breeds in the far north of Eurasia and North America. Its nesting habitat is Arctic tundra and islands. It is migratory and winters at sea in the tropical oceans. In North America this bird is known as the Pomarine Jaeger. It is difficult to identify this species as it is similar to the Arctic Skua and it exists in...

South Polar Skua
2008-12-26 07:51:57

The South Polar Skua (Stercorarius maccormicki), is a species of seabird that is found on the Antarctic coasts. It is migratory and winters at sea in the Pacific Indian and Atlantic Oceans. In the eastern North Atlantic Ocean it is replaced by the Great Skua. It was formerly known as the MacCormick's Skua as its binomial was named after the naval surgeon Robert McCormick, who collected the type...