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Spectacled Cormorant, Phalacrocorax perspicillatus
2014-09-08 09:05:04

The Spectacled Cormorant or the Pallas’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax perspicillatus) is an extinct marine bird of belonging to the cormorant family of seabirds that lived on the Bering Island and possibly other places within the Komandorski Islands and the nearby coast of Kamchatka. It is the biggest species of cormorant known to have ever existed. It was initially identified by Georg Steller in 1741 on Vitus Bering’s disastrous second Kamchatka expedition. He explained the bird as large,...

Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo
2013-01-01 16:20:56

The Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), known as the Great Black Cormorant across the Northern Hemisphere, the Black Cormorant in Australia, the Large Cormorant in India and the Black Shag further south in New Zealand, is a widespread member of the cormorant family of seabirds. It breeds in much of the Old World and the Atlantic coast of North America. It’s a large black bird, but there is a wide variation in size in the species wide range. Weight is documented from 3.3 pounds to 11.7...

Guanay Cormorant, Phalacrocorax bougainvillii
2012-11-07 14:49:50

The Guanay Cormorant (Phalacrocorax bougainvillii ), also known as the Guanay Shag, is part of the cormorant family, and it usually resides on the Pacific coast of Peru and northern Chile, however, the Argentinean population on the Patagonian Atlantic coast seems to be extinct. The major habitats of this bird appear to be shallow seawater and rocky shores. This bird’s color is similar to the Rock Cormorant. It has a grayish bill with some red around the base and the face is red with a...

Brandt’s Cormorant, Phalacrocorax penicillatus
2012-03-22 22:57:32

Brandt's Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus), is a species of marine bird of the cormorant family of seabirds. It inhabits the Pacific coast of North America. Its summer range extends from Alaska to the Gulf of California. The populations north of Vancouver Island migrate south during the winter. The bird’s specific name, penicillatus, is Latin for ‘pencil of hairs,’ in reference to the white plumes on its neck and back during the early breeding season. The common name honors...

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2008-04-29 00:14:30

The African Darter (Anhinga rufa), sometimes called the snakebird, is a water bird of tropical sub-Saharan Africa. It is a cormorant-like fish-eating species that occurs in both saline and fresh water. It is a member of the darter family of birds, Anhingidae. It is 31.5 inches long. The male is mainly glossy black with white streaking, but females and immature birds are browner. The African Darter differs in appearance from the American Darter most recognizably by its thin white lateral...

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tourtiere
  • a meat pie that is usually eaten at Christmas in Quebec
The word 'tourtiere' comes from the French tourte, or passenger pigeon.
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