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Green Pygmy Goose
2006-03-09 11:12:33

The Green Pygmy Goose (Nettapus pulchellus) is a small perching duck found in southern New Guinea and northern Australia. It is largely resident, apart from dispersion during the wet season. The habitat is well vegetated lowland lagoons and other permanent fresh waters.

Radjah Shelduck
2006-03-08 13:29:15

The Radjah Shelduck (Tadorna radjah) is a species of shelduck more commonly known as a Burdekin Duck. This species can be found throughout coastal tropical northern Australia, from central Queensland through northern Northern Territory (including Kakadu National Park) to the Kimberley in Western Australia. The species prefers the brackish waters of mangrove flats and paperbark tree swamps,...

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...

White Tern
2006-02-22 13:45:04

The White Tern (Gygis alba) is a small seabird found across the tropical oceans of the world. Often known as the Fairy Tern, this beautiful tern is famous for laying its egg on bare thin branches in a small fork or depression without a nest. They use this balancing act to avoid predation of the eggs as the branches they choose are too small for rats or even small lizards to climb. Safe from...

Snares Penguin
2006-02-20 10:50:24

The Snares Penguin (Eudyptes robustus) is a penguin that can be found in New Zealand. It is also known as the Snares Crested Penguin and the Snares Islands Penguin. It breeds on The Snares, a group of islands off the southern coast of the South Island. This is a medium-sized, yellow-crested penguin grows to approximately 60cm. It has dark blue-black upperparts and white underparts. It has a...

Rockhopper Penguin
2006-02-20 10:34:30

The Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) is a species of penguin which is closely related to the Macaroni Penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus). The Rockhopper is the smallest yellow-crested, black-and-white penguin, reaching a length of 55cm. Its upperparts are slate-grey and a straight, bright yellow eyebrow ending in long yellowish plumes projecting sideways behind a red eye. This penguin...

Chinstrap Penguin
2006-02-20 10:24:52

The Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) is a species of penguin which can be found in the South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica, the South Orkneys, South Shetland, South Georgia, Bouvet Island, Balleny and Peter I Island. The name derives from the thin black band under their heads. This band makes it appear as if they are wearing black helmets, making them one of the most easily identified...

Gentoo Penguin
2006-02-17 17:23:31

The Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) is easily identifiable by the wide white stripe extending like a bonnet across the top of its head. Chicks have grey backs with white fronts. Adult Gentoos reach a height of 75 to 90 cm. They are considered to be the fastest underwater swimming penguins and can reach speeds of up to 36 km/h. Two sub-species of this penguin are recognized Pygoscelis...

Buff-banded Rail
2009-03-27 17:45:48

The Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) is a species of bird in the rail family Rallidae. It comprises of several subspecies found throughout much of Australasia and the south-west Pacific region, including the Philippines, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, and numerous smaller islands, covering a range of latitudes from the tropics to the Subantarctic. About the size of a small...

Northern Pintail
2005-06-02 11:25:01

The Pintail or Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) is a common and widespread duck. It breeds in the northern areas of Europe and Asia and across most of Canada, Alaska and the midwestern United States. This dabbling duck is strongly migratory and winters further south than its breeding range, sometimes as far as the equator. It is highly sociable outside the breeding season and forms large mixed...

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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