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Horned Screamer Anhima cornuta
2009-01-17 14:20:41

The Horned Screamer (Anhima cornuta) is a species of bird native to the wetlands of tropical South America. It is found in lowlands from Colombia and Venezuela south to Brazil and eastern Bolivia. It is now extinct in Trinidad. Despite having declined locally, it remains widespread and is overall fairly common. Its range in Brazil appears to have expanded in recent years. They are related to...

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...

Alpine Swift
2008-12-18 20:35:13

The Alpine Swift (Tachymarptis melba), is a species of bird found the mountains of southern Europe to the Himalayas. They are strongly migratory and winter much further south in southern Africa. They do tend to wander during migration and some birds are regularly seen in much of southern Europe and Asia. These birds spend much of their lives in the air, but will roost on rocky cliffs or walls....

Peruvian Booby
2008-11-29 19:45:05

The Peruvian Booby (Sula variegata), is a seabird endemic to the Peruvian current. It is distributed only along the coast of South America from Punta Pariñas in Peru to Concepción in Chile. It is one of the most abundant species of seabird that inhabits the Peruvian Coast. By the mid twentieth century this species had an estimated population of 3 million individuals. Peruvian Boobies...

Blue-footed Booby
2008-11-29 19:42:06

The Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii), is a seabird found along tropical and subtropical islands off the Pacific Ocean. Its most famous colony is on the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. They also occur along the coast of California, USA. These specimens are strictly marine birds. Their only need for land is to breed, which is done along rocky coasts. This bird is quite abundant in concentrated...

Masked Booby
2008-11-25 21:30:15

The masked Booby (Sula dactylatra), is a large seabird of the gannet family, Sulidae. This is a bird of tropical waters and breeds on islands in all tropical oceans except the eastern Atlantic. This is a fairly sedentary bird that winters at sea and is rarely seen far from its breeding grounds. Some Caribbean birds wander north to warm southern Gulf Stream waters off the eastern seaboard of the...

Lesser Nighthawk
2008-08-07 11:29:25

The Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis), is a nightjar found in open country from southwest United States through Central America to tropical South America. These birds are partial migrants. The Lesser Nighthawk retreats from the United States and northern Mexico during the winter months. Occasionally single birds may be found overwintering. The nighthawk is also occasionally found as a...

Australian Owlet-Nightjar
2008-08-07 11:27:23

The Australian Owlet-Nightjar (Aegotheles cristatus), is a nocturnal bird found in open woodland across Australia and in southern New Guinea. It is colloquially known as "Moth Owl". It is the most common of the owlet-nightjars, and the best known of this secretive family. It is the commonest nocturnal bird in Australia, and despite suffering from predation and competition by introduced species...

Black Mamo
2008-05-16 15:20:10

The Black Mamo (Drepanis funerea), was discovered in 1893 in the Pelekuna Valley, on the island of Molokai, where it was once found in the high forests of the peaks. There is fossil evidence of this species on the island of Maui. It was shot down many times for collections because of what the bird looked like. Being eight inches long from tail tip to the end of is bill, it was a large bird,...

Whip-poor-will
2008-05-02 10:27:57

The Whip-poor-will or whippoorwill (Caprimulgus vociferus), is a member of the nightjar bird family. It is found in North and Central America. The Whip-poor-will's breeding habitat is deciduous or mixed woods across southeastern Canada, eastern and southwestern United States, and Central America. Northern birds migrate to the southeastern United States and south to Central America. Central...

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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