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Corn Bunting
2006-11-11 17:33:55

The Corn Bunting, Miliaria calandra, is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae. It breeds across southern and central Europe, north Africa and Asia across to Mongolia. It is mainly resident, but some birds from colder regions of central Europe and Asia migrate southwards in winter. The Corn Bunting is a bird of open country with trees, such as farmland and weedy wasteland. Sexes...

Ring Ouzel
2006-03-31 13:15:04

The Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) is a European member of the thrush family Turdidae. During times of breeding it is found in the higher regions of western and central Europe and also in the Caucasus. During winter it prefers the warmer south. Ring Ouzels are omnivorous, and prefer a wide range of insects, earthworms and berries. They nest in bushes or similar, laying several eggs in a neat...

Carrion Crow
2006-02-24 15:45:31

The Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) can be distinguished from the Common Raven by its size (48"“52 cm in length) and from the Hooded Crow by its black plumage. There is frequent confusion between it and the Rook. The beak is stouter and in consequence looks shorter, and whereas in the adult Rook the nostrils are bare, those of the crow are covered with bristle-like feathers, in both adults and...

Migrant Hawker
2005-08-25 10:57:06

The Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) is one of the smaller species of hawker dragonflies. It measures roughly 63 mm in length and prefers still or slow-flowing water and can tolerate brackish sites. The flight period is from July to the end of October. They can be found in North Africa, southern and central Europe to the Baltic.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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