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Trumpeter Swan
2006-03-06 16:17:09

The Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) is the largest native North American swan - rivaled in size only by the introduced Mute Swan, which is actually native to Eurasia. The Trumpeter Swan is close relative the Eurasian Whooper Swan. These birds have white plumage with a long neck, a short black bill which extends back to the eyes, and short black legs. Their wingspan can be upwards of 3 m....

Ferruginous Hawk
2006-03-01 15:01:34

The Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) is a large hawk found on the prairies and open country in mid-western North America. In the central part of their range, they are permanent residents. Northern birds migrate to the southern United States and Mexico in winter. Adults have long broad wings and a broad grey, rusty or white tail. The legs are feathered to the talons, similar to the...

European Magpie
2006-02-24 11:04:20

The European Magpie (Pica pica) is a resident bird throughout Europe, much of Asia, and northwest Africa. It is one of several birds in the crow family named as magpies. There are numerous races. Recent research has indicated that the Korean race, P. pica sericea, is genetically very distinct from the other Eurasian forms, and may possibly be a separate species. The northwest African race P....

Tufted Puffin
2006-02-23 14:46:47

The Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) is a medium-sized pelagic seabird measuring about 30 cm in length and weighing roughly three quarters of a kilogram. It is mostly black with a white facial patch, and a very large bill. The yellow tufts for which it is named are on the side of the head when the bird is in breeding plumage. Tufted Puffins can be found throughout the northern Pacific...

Ancient Murrelet
2006-02-23 13:34:27

The Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus) is a bird of the auk family. It breeds in colonies principally on the Aleutian Islands and other Alaskan islands. They female lays one or two eggs directly amongst tree roots or in rock crevices. These small auks are nocturnal on the breeding grounds, presumably to reduce predation, and for the same reason the young are never fed at the nest,...

Kittlitzs Murrelet
2006-02-23 12:47:58

The Kittlitz's Murrelet (Brachyramphus brevirostris) is a small auk found in the waters off Alaska and Eastern Siberia. This critically endangered species is, like the closely related Marbled Murrelet, is not colonial. Instead it chooses to nest in isolated locations on mountain tops, where the nests were known to Native Americans for many years before skeptical ornithologists described and...

Great Auk
2006-02-23 12:15:07

At 30 inches (75 centimeters), the flightless Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis) was the largest of the auks. It was hunted for food, as well as for down for mattresses, from at least the 8th century. It is classified as the only species in the genus Pinguinus. It was also known as "garefowl", from the Old Norse geirfugl, or "penguin". Before hunted to extinction, the Great Auk could be found in...

Dalmatian Pelican
2006-02-21 17:19:07

The Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) is a member of the pelican family that can be found from southeastern Europe through Asia to China in swamps and shallow lakes. The nest is a crude heap of vegetation. This large pelican measures 170 cm length and has a 3 m wingspan. It differs from the White Pelican in that it has curly nape feathers, grey legs and grayish-white (rather than pure...

Lesser Flamingo
2006-02-20 13:55:20

The Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor) is a species of Flamingo which occurs in Africa (principally in the Great Rift Valley), across to northwest India. It is the smallest and most numerous flamingo, most likely numbering up to a million individual birds. Like all flamingos it lays a single chalky white egg on a mud mound. Most of the plumage is pinkish white. Its clearest difference...

Humboldt Penguin
2006-02-20 12:10:17

The Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) is a South American species which breeds in coastal Peru and Chile. Its nearest relatives are the African Penguin, the Magellanic Penguin and the Galápagos Penguin. Thise penguin is named after Alexander von Humboldt, a naturalist and explorer who first described the animal. Humboldt Penguins are medium-sized, black and white penguins, growing...

Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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