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Lake Duck Oxyura vittata
2013-04-21 09:18:40

The Lake Duck (Oxyura vittata) is a petite, South American stiff-tailed duck. It’s also known as the Argentine Blue-bill, Argentine Lake Duck, or Argentine Ruddy Duck. This duck lives in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Brazil in southern South America. These ducks are clumsy on land because their legs are placed so far back. They spend most of their time in water hunting mainly by diving and...

Great Northern Loon Gavia immer
2012-12-17 13:02:12

A large member of the loon, or diver, family of birds, this species is well-known as the Common Loon in North America and the Great Northern Diver in Eurasia; its current name is a compromise proposed by the International Ornithological Committee. There are 5 loon species that make up the genus Gavia, the only genus of the family Gavidae and order Gaviiformes. The Great Northern Loon is only...

Common Gallinule Gallinula chloropus
2009-07-09 16:44:55

The Common Gallinule (Gallinula chloropus) is a bird that is a member of the rail family. This bird can be found primarily scattered outside of Australasia as well as many tropical rain forests, deserts, and the polar regions. In other parts of the world this bird is known as the common moorhen. The Common Gallinule is an American term which also refers to the subspecies G. c. cachinnans. "Moor...

American Coot Fulica americana
2009-07-09 16:35:14

The American coot (Fulica americana) is a member of the Rallidae bird family. This bird makes its home in open bodies of waters and wetlands. The coot can grow to be about 16 inches in length and weight about 1.4 pounds. Adult coots have a white frontal shield that usually has a reddish-brown spot between the eyes by the top of the bill. Its bill is typically short, white, and thick. At the...

Muskellunge
2007-06-24 17:45:09

The Muskellunge or Muskie or Musky (Esox masquinongy) are large, relatively rare freshwater fish of North America. They are the largest member of the pike family, Esocidae. The name muskellunge comes from the Ojibwe word maashkinoozhe, meaning "ugly pike," by way of French masque allongé (modified from the Ojibwe word by folk etymology), "long mask." Overview Muskellunge are found in...

Northern pike
2007-06-24 17:40:07

The Northern pike, Esox lucius, is a carnivorous fish of brackish and freshwaters of the northern hemisphere. It is also known by the somewhat misleading folk-name, "water wolf". Geographic distribution E. lucius is found throughout the northern hemisphere, including Russia, Europe, the British Isles, and North America. Within North America, there are Northern pike populations in...

Mute Swan
2006-03-06 17:19:35

The Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) is a common Eurasian member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. Distribution This bird is found mainly in temperate areas of Europe and western Asia. It is not normally migratory, but some populations are forced to move in winter when waterways and lakes freeze. They are sometimes found at the coast, particularly in winter, rather than solely being...

Black Swan
2006-03-06 17:02:19

The Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) is an Australian waterbird and a member of the duck, goose, and swan family, Anatidae. Black swans are found in throughout Australia. Prior to the arrival of the Māori a sub-species, the New Zealand Swan used to live in New Zealand. This was hunted to extinction. More recently however, both introductions by Europeans and probable natural migration have...

Northern Pike
2005-06-09 13:06:35

The Northern Pike (Esox lucius) is a carnivorous fish found in brackish and freshwaters throughout the northern hemisphere. It eats mainly fish, but water voles and ducklings are also known to fall prey to pikes. Moreover, it is a cannibal. This trait serves in maintaining a stability in the pike population. Young pike have been photographed eating pike of a similar size. Pike grow to a...

Lesser Scaup
2005-06-08 11:41:04

The Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) is a small diving duck; smaller than the Greater Scaup. Adults have a blue bill and yellow eyes. Adult males have a dark head with a purple sheen, a black breast, a light back, a black tail and a white bottom. Adult females have a white band at the base of the bill and a brown head and body. They breed in marsh ponds throughout Alaska and western Canada....

Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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