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Sharp Tailed Grouse Tympanuchus phasianellus
2013-10-07 11:50:53

The Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) is a prairie grouse of medium size. It has also known as the sharptail, and is known as “fire grouse” or “fire bird” by Native American Indians because of their reliance on brush fires to keep their habitat open. Six extant and one extinct subspecies of Sharp-tailed Grouse have been described. This grouse along with the Greater...

Hooded Crane Grus monacha
2013-04-24 12:13:58

The Hooded Crane (Grus monacha) is a small, dark colored crane. Its body is grey and the top of the head and neck is white, except for a patch of bare red skin above they eye. It’s one of the smallest cranes, but is still a fairly large bird, a 3.3 ft in length, weighing 8.2 pounds and a wingspan of 6.2 feet. It breeds in south-central and southeastern Siberia. Breeding is also assumed to...

Gunnison Grouse Centrocercus minimus
2013-04-23 23:18:44

The Gunnison Grouse (Centrocercus minimus) is a species of grouse endemic to the United States, where it is known as the Gunnison Sage-Grouse. It’s similar to the closely related Greater Sage-Grouse in its appearance but about a third smaller in size, with much thicker plumes behind its head; it also has a less complex courtship dance. It’s restricted in range to southwestern Colorado and...

Masked Duck Nomonyx dominicus
2013-04-23 13:09:51

The Masked Duck (Nomonyx dominicus) is a small stiff-tailed duck ranging through the tropical Americas. They’re found from Mexico to South America and also in the Caribbean. They are primarily non-migratory. Masked Ducks are reported as very uncommon vagrants in the southernmost part of the United States, along the Mexican border and in Florida. Being the only member of the genus Nomonyx,...

White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala
2013-04-22 14:37:37

The White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) is a petite stiff-tailed duck. The adult males have a reddish and grey body, a blue bill, and a largely white head with black cap and neck. The adult females have a brown-grey body with a white face and a darker bill, cheek stripe and cap. On average, its length is 17 to 19 inches and the weight is 1.3 to 1.7 lbs. This duck breeds in Spain and...

Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
2013-01-01 15:30:22

The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is a large wading bird belonging to the heron family called Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North and Central America as well as the Caribbean and Galapagos Islands. It’s a rare vagrant to Europe, with records from Spain, the Azores, England and the Netherlands. An all-white population found only in the...

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
2013-01-01 13:38:46

The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) is a wading bird belonging to the family Ardeidae. It is native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. It is resident in the milder south and west, but many birds move away during the winter away from the ice in colder regions. It has become common in the summer even inside the Arctic Circle along the Norwegian coast. It’s a large...

White-tailed Hawk Buteo albicaudatus
2012-12-28 13:03:49

White-tailed Hawks are found in tropical or subtropical environments across the Americas. This bird is a large bird of prey species. It is close to the size of the related Swainson’s and Red-tailed Hawks. The average measurements of this bird fall a little bit ahead of the first and a little bit behind the latter. It can be up to 17 to 24 inches in length, and its wingspan can be up to 46 to...

Black Turnstone Arenaria melanocephala
2012-04-02 19:06:21

The Black Turnstone, (Arenaria melanocephala), is a species of wading bird in the sandpiper family Scolopacidae. It was formerly placed in the plover family Charadriidae. It is one of two species in the genus Arenaria; the other being the Ruddy Turnstone (A. interpres). The Black Turnstone is native to western North America and breeds only in Alaska from the Alaskan Peninsula in the south to...

Grey Hawk
2012-04-02 18:20:18

The Grey Hawk, (Buteo nitidus), also known as the Grey-lined Hawk, is a species of bird of prey of the Accipitridae family of eagles, hawks and Old World vultures. It is sometimes placed in the genus Asturina as Asturina nitida. It is found in open country and forest edges in the southwestern United States and Mexico south to Bolivia, Brazil and central Argentina. It is also fairly common...

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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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