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Sarus Crane
2009-03-28 14:08:37

The Sarus Crane (Grus antigone) is a species of bird found in northernPakistan and India, Nepal, Southeast Asia and Queensland, Australia. It is a permanent resident of freshwater marshes and plains with little seasonal movement. This species is classified as Vulnerable, as the total global population has drastically declined since about 1980. This decline is expected to continue until at least...

Red-tailed Tropicbird
2005-06-02 09:49:02

The Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) is a seabird that nests across the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Even though it is the rarest of the tropicbirds, it is widespread and not considered threatened. It nests in colonies on oceanic islands. Description The Red-tailed Tropicbird looks like a stout tern, and hence closely resembles the other two tropicbird species. It has generally...

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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