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Tasmanian Native-hen Gallinula mortierii
2009-06-30 23:16:20

The Tasmanian Native-hen (Gallinula mortierii) is a flightless rail, one of twelve species of birds common to the Australian island of Tasmania. Other common names include Narkie, Native-hen, and Waterhen. Locally, the bird is often referred to as a 'turbo chook'. This species was originally described in 1840 as Tribonyx mortierii. The name mortierii is in honor of Barthélemy Charles...

Common Raven
2006-02-24 13:45:28

The Common Raven (Corvus corax) is a large black bird in the crow family. Its feathers are iridescent and the bill is large and slightly curved. At maturity, it is between 24 to 27 inches (60 to 78 cm) in length, with a wingspan twice that. Apart from its greater size, the Raven differs from its cousins the crows by having a larger and heavier beak, and a deeper and more varied barking...

Little Raven
2006-02-24 12:58:51

The Little Raven (Corvus mellori) was only separated in 1967 from the Australian Raven (C. coronoides) as a distinct species. The most significant difference is its voice. On average it is slightly smaller than the Australian Raven (48-50 cm in length), though sizes do overlap between both species. This bird is more sociable by comparison, often forming large flocks that roam freely over wide...

Word of the Day
coulisse
  • One of the side scenes of the stage in a theater, or the space included between the side scenes.
  • The outside stock exchange, or “curb market,” of Paris.
  • A flute or groove on the blade of a sword.
  • A section of stage scenery placed in a wing of a theatre.
The word 'coulisse' comes from a French word meaning "sliding door".
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