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Vernal Hanging Parrot
2009-04-07 18:56:27

The Vernal Hanging Parrot (Loriculus vernalis) is a species of bird that is found from India eastwards to Southeast Asia. In Sri Lanka, it is replaced by the very similar endemic Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, (L. beryllinus). It is not migratory, but does have some movement, depending on the availability of food. It is a bird of dry jungle and cultivation. This bird is small and mainly green....

Red Lory
2009-04-07 18:19:43

The Red Lory (Eos bornea) is a species of parrot that is native to Indonesia. Its natural habitats are tropical moist lowland forests and tropical mangrove forests. This bird is intelligent, playful and has a colorful plumage. The adult is mainly deep pomegranate-red with blue markings on the wings and face. The beak is orange. It is about 10 to 12 inches in length. It is one of the most...

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,...

Stone Curlew
2009-02-21 20:14:29

The Stone Curlew or Eurasian Stone-curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) is a species of bird that occurs throughout Europe, north Africa and southwestern Asia. In summer, it is found in the more temperate European and Asian regions, and in winter it migrates south into Africa. In Egypt, the melodic song of the Stone Curlew is often heard at night, although it is rarely seen. Its song is featured in...

Laughing Kookaburra
2009-02-16 17:47:13

The Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) is a species of bird of the Kingfisher family and is found in Australia. It is found throughout eastern Australia, and has been introduced into the southwest corner of Western Australia, Tasmania, Flinders Island, and Kangaroo Island. It was also introduced in New Zealand between 1866 and 1880, but only those that were set free on Kuwau island by...

Standard-winged Nightjar
2009-01-20 21:15:13

The Standard-winged Nightjar (Macrodipteryx longipennis) is a species of bird that is a resident breeder in Africa from Senegal east to Ethiopia. It is found in dry savannah habitats, with some scrub. This bird is 7.9 to 9 inches long. This nightjar is relatively short-tailed, and lacks white in the wings or tail. The song is a churring trill. The adult male has a bizarre wing ornament...

Great Blue Tauraco
2009-01-17 19:47:56

The Great Blue Tauraco (Corythaeola cristata) is a species of Turaco found in Africa. This bird is actively hunted for meat and its feathers in the Bandundu province of the D.R.C. (formerly Zaire). The tail feathers are prized for making good luck talismans. In the Bandundu town of Kitwit, this bird is commonly known as "Kolonvo". This is the largest Turaco species, ranging from 27.5 to...

Gray Go-away-bird
2009-01-17 19:31:10

The Gray Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides concolor) also known as the Gray Lourie, Gray Loerie, or Kwêvoël, is a species of bird found in southern Africa. Its habitat is dry open savanna woodlands, farms, parks, and suburban gardens. It is often found near water. This bird is uniformly gray in color with a black beak and noticeably pink gape. It has a unique loud booming quare call that...

Great Bustard
2009-01-17 17:27:50

The Great Bustard (Otis tarda) is a species of bird of the bustard family. It is found in southern and central Europe, where it is the largest species of bird. It is also found across much of temperate Asia. Populations in Europe are mainly resident, but the Asian population move further south for the winter months. It is declining due to habitat loss through much of its range. It is extinct on...

Hoopoe
2009-01-17 16:09:19

The Hoopoe (Upupa epops) is a species of bird found across Afro-Eurasia. It is part of a group of birds that also contain kingfishers, bee-eaters, rollers, and wood-hoopoes. It is the only non-extinct member of its family. The Hoopoe is widespread in Europe, Asia, and North Africa. It migrates to the tropics in winter from all but the southernmost area of its range. A relative of the Hoopoe,...

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