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Emu
2006-09-25 15:26:54

The Emu, Dromaius novaehollandiae, is the largest bird native to Australia and the only existing member of the genus Dromaius. It is also the second largest bird in the world by height, after the ostrich. The Emu is common over most of mainland Australia, although it avoids heavily populated areas, dense forest and arid areas. There are three existing subspecies in Australia: In the...

Ostrich
2006-09-25 15:21:14

The Ostrich, Struthio camelus, is a flightless bird native to Africa. It is the only living species of its family, Struthionidae. Ostriches occur naturally on the savannas and Sahel of Africa, both north and south of the equatorial forest zone. Other members of this group include rheas, emus, cassowaries and the largest bird ever, the now-extinct Aepyornis. Six subspecies are recognized:...

Diamond Dove
2006-09-11 12:49:23

The Diamond Dove, Geopelia cuneata, is a resident bird of Central, West and Northern Australia. It predominantly exists in areas near water but which are lightly arid or semi-arid in nature. They can occasionally be spotted in Southern Australia in parks and gardens when their central habitat is very dry. They are one of Australia's smallest pigeons being 7.5 to 8.3 inches in length. They...

Turtle Dove
2006-09-04 13:20:01

The Turtle Dove, Streptopelia turtur, is a member of the bird family Columbidae, which includes doves and pigeons. It is a migratory species with a western Palearctic range, including Turkey and northern Africa, though it is rare in northern Scandinavia and Russia. It winters in southern Africa. In the British Isles, France, and elsewhere in northwestern Europe it is in severe population...

Crag Martin
2006-07-30 13:20:15

The Crag Martin, (Ptyonoprogne rupestris), is a small perching bird in the swallow family. It breeds in the mountains of southern Europe, the Mediterranean and south Asia. Many European birds are resident, but some northern breeders and most Asian birds are migratory. They winter in North Africa or India. The Crag Martin is 5.5 to 6 inches long and somewhat similar in habits and appearance...

Welcome Swallow
2006-07-30 13:13:46

The Welcome Swallow, Hirundo neoxena, is a small perching bird in the swallow family. It is a species native to Australia and nearby islands, and New Zealand, which has been colonized in the last half century. This species breeds in southern and eastern Australia in a variety of habitats, but not desert or dense forest. Eastern populations are largely migratory, wintering in northern Australia....

American Robin
2006-07-15 10:53:01

The American Robin, (Turdus migratorius), is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. The bird breeds throughout Canada and the United States. Though robins will occasionally overwinter in the northern U.S. and southern Canada, most migrate to the south, as far as Guatemala, in late August and return in late February and March. The American Robin is 25-28 cm (10-11 in) long. The...

Paradise Shelduck
2006-03-08 13:13:20

The Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegate) is a large goose-like duck commonly found in New Zealand. They are known to the Maori as Putangitangi but are now commonly referred to as the "Paradise duck", and were prized game birds. Both the male and female have striking plumage; the male has a black head and barred black body, the female a white head with a chestnut body. This species usually...

Snow Goose
2006-03-07 14:59:21

The Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) is a North American species, so named due to its typically white plumage. The American Ornithologists' Union places this species and the other two "white" geese in the genus Chen, while some other authorities place it in the more traditional "grey" goose genus Anser. This goose breeds in northern Canada and the northeastern tip of Siberia. It winters...

Black Swan
2006-03-06 17:02:19

The Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) is an Australian waterbird and a member of the duck, goose, and swan family, Anatidae. Black swans are found in throughout Australia. Prior to the arrival of the Māori a sub-species, the New Zealand Swan used to live in New Zealand. This was hunted to extinction. More recently however, both introductions by Europeans and probable natural migration have...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'