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Pennant-winged Nightjar
2008-05-02 01:14:12

The Pennant-winged Nightjar (Macrodipteryx vexillaria), is an intra African migrant that occurs from Nigeria to northern South Africa. Their preferred habitat south of the equator is plateau woodlands, especially Miombo, where they are partial to stony or boulder-strewn hillsides. They are observed as bi-annual and social passage migrants along the Kenyan Rift Valley and Lake Victoria regions,...

Bobwhite Quail
2008-04-28 17:44:04

The Bobwhite Quail, Northern Bobwhite, or Virginia Quail (Colinus virginianus), is a ground-dwelling bird native to North America. The Bobwhite Quail is a member of the group of species known as New World quail. This quail primarily inhabits areas of early growth dominated by various species of pine, hardwood, woody, and herbaceous growth. However, quail habitat varies greatly throughout its...

Pallass Sandgrouse
2008-02-05 14:39:18

The Pallas's Sandgrouse (Syrrhaptes paradoxus), is a medium large bird in the sandgrouse family. This species breeds across middle latitudes of central Asia on dry steppes and similar habitats. It is a partial migrant, especially from the northern parts of its range in Kazakhstan and Mongolia, but the extent and distance of the southerly winter movement depends on the amount of snowfall....

Pinyon Jay
2007-10-26 12:30:07

The Pinyon Jay (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus), occurs in western North America from central Oregon to northern Baja California and east as far as western Oklahoma though it wanders further afield out of the breeding season. It lives in foothills where the pinyon pines (Pinus edulis and Pinus monophylla) occur. It was first collected and described along the Maria River in northern Montana in 1833....

Manx Shearwater
2007-10-24 13:53:09

The Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus), is a medium-sized seabird in the family of seabirds Procellariidae. Despite the scientific name, this species is completely unrelated to the puffins, which are auks, the only resemblance being that they are both burrow-nesting seabirds. The species originated from the Calf of Man, a small island just south of the Isle of Man. Its numbers declined there...

Golden-Headed Quetzal
2007-10-24 13:25:14

The Golden-Headed Quetzal (Pharomachrus auriceps), is a colorful bird native to South America. They occur in Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru. They live in moist, hilly, wooded areas and typically nest in hollow trees. Both males and females are about the same size, reaching up to 13.75 inches in length and 5.65 ounces in weight at adulthood. Adult males are...

Lace Monitor Lace Goanna
2007-01-02 11:39:59

The Lace Monitor or Lace Goanna, Varanus varius, is a lizard found in Australia. Their range extends from Cape Bedford on Cape York Peninsula to south-eastern South Australia. They frequent both open and closed forests and forage over long distances (up to 2 miles a day). They are mainly active from September to May and shelter during the cooler months. Lace Monitors grow to over 6.5 feet...

Dickcissel
2006-11-11 17:05:00

The Dickcissel, Spiza americana, is a small seed-eating bird in the family Cardinalidae. Their breeding habitat is fields in mid-western North America. These birds migrate in large flocks to southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. Although this bird was originally quite common along the Atlantic coast of the United States, only small numbers occur there now. These birds...

Montezuma Oropendola
2006-11-11 16:34:49

The Montezuma Oropendola, Psarocolius montezuma, is a New World tropical bird of the family Icteridae. It is a resident breeder in the Caribbean coastal lowlands from southeastern Mexico to central Panama, but is absent from El Salvador and southern Guatemala. It also occurs on the Pacific slope of Nicaragua and northwestern Costa Rica. It inhabits forest canopy, edges and old plantations....

Common Grackle
2006-11-06 13:01:01

The Common Grackle, Quiscalus quiscula, is a large blackbird. Their breeding habitat is open and semi-open areas across North America east of the Rocky Mountains. It is a permanent resident in much of its range. Northern birds migrate in flocks to the southeastern United States. The range of this bird expanded west as forests were cleared. In some areas, they are now considered a pest by...

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virgule
  • A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
  • A little rod; a twig.
This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.
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