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Splendid Fairy-wren Malurus splendens
2009-07-07 16:25:36

The Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens) is also called the Splendid Wren or Blue Wren and is one of the 12 species from the genus Malurus, commonly known as fairy-wrens. These birds are small at 5.5 inches in length. The tail of the adult male Splendid Fairy-wren is a striking bright blue with black markings and is a somewhat long. Females and the young birds are brown mixed with some...

Variegated Fairy-wren Malurus lamberti
2009-07-07 16:07:34

The Variegated Fairy-wren (Malurus lamberti) lives in diverse habitats spread across 90% of continental Australia, which is a wider range than that of any other fairy-wren. Fairy-wrens were initially thought to be a member of the old world flycatcher family or warbler family. And like other fairy-wrens, the Variegated Fairy-wren is unrelated to the true wrens. There are four subspecies of the...

Tasmanian Native-hen Gallinula mortierii
2009-06-30 23:16:20

The Tasmanian Native-hen (Gallinula mortierii) is a flightless rail, one of twelve species of birds common to the Australian island of Tasmania. Other common names include Narkie, Native-hen, and Waterhen. Locally, the bird is often referred to as a 'turbo chook'. This species was originally described in 1840 as Tribonyx mortierii. The name mortierii is in honor of Barthélemy Charles...

Topknot Pigeon
2009-04-07 18:54:51

he Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus) is a species of bird native to Australia. It is often spotted over rainforests and valleys, but can also be found around palm trees, figs, eucalyptus forests and other woodlands. They are completely arboreal. They mostly occur from Cape York in Queensland to the South Coast of New South Wales near the coast but have been seen as south as Tasmania and...

Musk Lorikeet
2009-04-07 18:16:07

The Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna) is a species of bird that is found in south-central and eastern Australia. It was first described by ornithologist George Shaw in 1790 in the vicinity of Port Jackson in what is now Sydney. Common names for this species are Red-eared Lorikeet, and Green Keet. The Green Leek and King Parrot have been incorrectly applied to this species in the past....

Double-eyed Fig Parrot
2009-04-07 18:13:37

The Double-eyed Fig Parrot (Cyclopsitta diophthalma), also known as the Blue-faced Fig Parrot, Red-faced Fig Parrot, Dwarf Fig Parrot, and the Two-eyed Fig Parrot, is a species of bird found in the forests of New Guinea and nearby islands. It is also found in isolated regions along the tropical Australian coast, east of the Great Dividing Range. There are eight recognized subspecies of the...

Austrailan Painted-snipe
2009-02-27 16:05:50

The Australian Painted-snipe (Rostratula australis) is a species of wading bird native to Australia, though its distribution is scattered and any particular area is unpredictable. It was previously very common in the Riverina. Its habitat includes shallow, freshwater wetlands with thick cover of low vegetation. When conditions becomes unsuitable, it will wander elsewhere. The species has...

Black-faced Sheathbill
2009-02-21 20:39:41

The Black-faced Sheathbill (Chionis minor) also known as the Lesser Sheathbill or Paddy, is a species of bird that is restricted to the sub-Antarctic islands in the southern Indian Ocean. This includes the South African territory of the Prince Edward Islands, the French territories of the Crozet Islands and Kerguelen Islands, and the Australian territory of Heard Island. The birds on Heard...

Snowy Sheathbill
2009-02-21 20:36:35

The Snowy Sheathbill (Chionis alba) also known as the Pale-faced Sheathbill, is a species of bird that is mostly terrestrial (ground dwelling). It is Antarctica's only permanently land-based bird species. It occurs in Antarctica, the Scotia Arc, the South Orkneys and South Georgia. The extreme southern populations migrate northward in the winter. The adult is about 15 to 16 inches long with...

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...

Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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