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Kittlitzs Plover
2008-08-07 10:41:17

The Kittlitz's Plover (Charadrius pecuarius), is a small plover found in much of sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, and the Nile delta. Some birds, especially in coastal areas, are resident, other populations are migratory or nomadic. Its breeding habitat is open ground on beaches or dry mudflats, near water and with little or no plant growth. Kittlitz's Plover is gregarious outside the breeding...

St Helena Plover
2008-08-07 10:35:10

The St. Helena Plover (Charadrius sanctaehelenae), locally known as the Wirebird due to its thin legs, is a small wader endemic to the island of Saint Helena. Kittlitz's Plover is the St. Helena bird's closest relative. The bird was first mentioned in 1638, and is the national bird of Saint Helena, featured on the island's coat of arms. This plover is resident all year on the open areas of...

Common Toad
2008-06-16 14:46:32

The Common Toad (Bufo bufo), or European Toad is widespread throughout Europe, with the exception of Ireland and some Mediterranean islands. Its easterly range extends to Irkutsk in Siberia and its southerly range includes parts of northwestern Africa in the northern mountains of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Adults can grow 7 inches and their skin has a warty appearance and ranges from...

Japanese White-eye
2008-06-15 15:35:34

The Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus), is a small passerine bird in the white-eye family. Its native range includes much of east Asia, including Japan, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. It has been intentionally introduced to other parts of the world as a pet and as pest control, with mixed results. As one of the native species of the Japanese islands, it has been depicted in Japanese...

Red-billed Tropicbird
2008-06-15 14:34:18

The Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus), also known as the Boatswain Bird, is a species of tropicbird that occurs in the tropical Atlantic, eastern Pacific and Indian Oceans. It is one of three closely related seabirds of tropical waters. The adult is a slender mainly white bird, 19 inches long excluding the very long central tail feathers, which double the total length. The wingspan...

Sardinian Warbler
2008-06-15 14:31:08

The Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala), is a common and widespread typical warbler from the Mediterranean region. It breeds in the southernmost areas of Europe and just into Asia in Turkey and the eastern end of the Mediterranean. This small passerine bird, unlike most warblers, is not particularly migratory, but some birds winter in north Africa, and it occurs as a vagrant well away...

Barred Warbler
2008-06-15 14:29:37

The Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria), is a common and widespread typical warbler which breeds throughout eastern Europe and across much of temperate Asia. Lately it has declined in some areas (including Germany), due to habitat loss because of intensified agriculture. This small passerine bird is strongly migratory, and winters in eastern Africa. This is a large and robust species of typical...

Garden Warbler
2008-06-15 14:27:29

The Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin), is a common and widespread typical warbler which breeds throughout northern and temperate Europe into western Asia. This small passerine bird is strongly migratory, and winters in central and southern Africa. This is a nondescript bird, up to 5.75 inches long, mainly brown-gray above and whitish below. It has no obvious distinctive features. The Garden...

Icterine Warbler
2008-06-15 14:26:16

The Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina), is an Old World warbler in the tree warbler genus Hippolais . It breeds in mainland Europe except the southwest, where it is replaced by its western counterpart, Melodious Warbler. It is migratory, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa. This small passerine bird is found in open deciduous woodland with bushes and also parks and gardens, often near water....

Olivaceous Warbler
2008-06-15 14:23:04

The Olivaceous Warbler (Hippolais pallida), is a warbler formerly considered a single species. It is now recognized as two subspecies, Western Olivaceous Warbler, Hippolais opaca, and Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Hippolais pallida. Eastern Olivaceous Warbler breeds in south east Europe and the Middle East, and Western Olivaceous Warbler in Iberia and north Africa. Both species are migratory,...

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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