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Chinese hamster
2006-12-13 15:46:05

The Chinese Hamster is a species of hamster, scientific names Cricetulus griseus, which originates in the deserts of northern China and Mongolia. These animals grow to between 2.95 to 3.54 in (7.5 and 9 cm) long and as adults can weigh 1.76 to 2.65 oz (50 to 75 g). They live two to three years on average. The Chinese hamster is often kept as a pet or as a laboratory animal. A Chinese...

Black-faced Bunting
2006-11-11 17:31:52

The Black-faced Bunting, Emberiza spodocephala, is a bird in the bunting family Emberizidae. It breeds in southern Siberia across to northern China and northern Japan. It is migratory, wintering in northeast India, southern China and northern southeast Asia. It winters close to water in agricultural or other open bushy habitats. This bird is about 6.3 inches long. The male has a dark gray...

Pre Davids Deer
2006-10-19 13:02:25

Père David's deer (Elaphurus davidianus, other names: Cerf du Père David( fr), Ciervo del Padre David (es), and Milu in Chinese (麋鹿)), is a species of deer known only in captivity. It prefers marshland, and is believed to be native to the subtropics. It grazes on a mixture of grass and water plants. Adults weigh 330-440 pounds (150-200 kg). They have a nine-month gestation...

Sika Deer
2006-10-19 12:56:20

The Sika Deer (Cervus nippon) is a typical member of the family Cervidae that is closely related to the Red Deer and Wapiti and inhabit mixed coniferous and deciduous forests to the north, and mixed subtropical evergreen forests to the south. It is native to much of East Asia (absent from Hainan Island and the Ussuri Region of Siberia (also known as the Russian Far East), ranging from The...

Hairy-fronted muntjac
2006-09-12 11:30:37

The Hairy-fronted muntjac or Black muntjac (Muntiacus crinifrons) is found in Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi and Fujian in South China, also reported in northern Myanmar. Although extremely difficult to study because of its shyness, it is considered to be endangered, possibly down to as few as 10,000 individuals spread over a wide area. It is a similar size to the common muntjac. This species was...

Brown Wood Owl
2006-08-17 16:21:46

The Brown Wood Owl (Strix leptogrammica) is an owl which is a resident breeder in south Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to western Indonesia and south China. It is a scarce resident of dense forests. It is a member of the typical owl family, Strigidae. The Brown Wood Owl is a medium large owl at 17.5 to 22.5 inches high. The upper parts are uniformly dark brown with faint white spotting...

Isabelline Shrike
2006-03-22 16:56:22

The Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) is a member of the shrike family Laniidae. It is the eastern equivalent of the Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio with which it used to be considered conspecific. The Isabelline Shrike breeds throughout south Siberia and central Asia (race L. i. phoenicuroides) as well as China (race L. i. Isabellinus. Both winter in the tropics. It breeds in...

Baikal Teal
2006-03-09 14:25:58

The Baikal Teal (Anas formosa) is a dabbling duck measuring on average 39 and 43 cm. It is slightly larger and longer-tailed than the Common Teal. Breeding habitat includes the forest zones of eastern Siberia from the Yenisey basin eastwards to Kamchatka. It is a migratory species, wintering in Japan, Korea and northern and eastern China. The breeding male is unmistakable, with a striking...

Red-billed Blue Magpie
2006-02-24 11:28:24

The Red-billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa erythrorhyncha) is a species of bird in the crow family, Corvidae. It is about the same size as the European Magpie but has a much longer tail. The head, neck and breast are black with bluish spotting on the crown. The shoulders and rump are a duller blue and the underparts are a grayish cream. The long tail is a brighter blue (as are the wing primaries)...

Chrysanthemum more commonly known as the mum
2005-07-12 18:53:31

The chrysanthemum (more commonly known as the mum) is a flowering perennial plant of the genus Chrysanthemum in the daisy family (Asteraceae). The genus has been split into several genera, such as Dendranthema, Leucanthemum and Tanacetum. But there is a growing consensus to merge back Dendranthema into Chrysanthemum. Historically, chrysanthemums were cultivated in China as a flowering...

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.