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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...

Australasian Gannet
2008-11-29 19:40:10

The Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator), also known as the Australian Gannet, or Tākapu, is a large seabird found along the coastal islands around Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand. These birds have been increasing in numbers since 1950, although some colonies have decreased in size, and others have disappeared all together. Adults have a white body with dark wing tips. The head is...

Northern Gannet
2008-11-29 19:35:41

The Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus, formerly Sula bassana), is a large seabird of the gannet family, Sulidae. They range through the North Atlantic. They are commonly found in large colonies, on cliffs overlooking the ocean or on small rocky islands. There is a one colony of this bird on Bonaventure island, Quebec with a total population of over 60,000 birds. More than half of the entire...

Little Swift
2008-11-29 19:24:45

The Little Swift (Apus affinis), also known as House Swift, is a small bird similar in appearance to a barn swallow or house martin. It is, however, unrelated to these passerine species, as swift's are in the separate order Apodiformes. The resemblance between the two orders are due to close life styles brought on through evolution. They are found from Africa eastwards through southern tropical...

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  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
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