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2009-04-17 11:40:00

Bermuda's national bird, which is on the brink of extinction, has shown signs of mating after a baby bird was spotted on a secluded offshore sanctuary this week, the Associated Press reported. The evidence of a nesting baby Cahow could help researchers bring the rare creature back from the brink of extinction. Bermuda's Department of Conservation said on Thursday that scientists found the baby bird nestled in an artificial concrete burrow on protected Nonsuch Island. Witnesses say it is the...


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Kermadec Petrel, Pterdroma neglecta
2013-04-23 23:11:14

The Kermadec Petrel (Pterdroma neglecta) is a species of seabird belonging to the family Procellariidae. It’s found in Australia, Japan, Chile, Micronesia, Mexico, Norfolk Island, New Zealand, Pitcairn, and the United States. The Kermadec Petrel is rarely documented west of Lord Howe Island, where it maintains a small colony of less than 100 individuals on an offshore rock called Balls Pyramid. In the past, it also bred in some numbers on the main islands, however, it is seen as unlikely...

Great-Winged Petrel, Pterodroma macroptera
2013-04-23 12:41:43

The Great-winged Petrel or Grey-faced Petrel (Pterodroma macroptera) is a petrel. In New Zealand, it is also known by its Maori name oi and as a muttonbird. The following are the two recognized subspecies of P. macroptera. - P. m. macroptera and P. m gouldi, the latter of the two is endemic to New Zealand, and is often called the Grey-faced Petrel. It breeds in the Southern Hemisphere between 30 and 50 degrees south having colonies on Tristan da Cunha, Gough Island, the Crozet Islands,...

Zino’s Petrel, Pterodroma Madeira
2013-04-21 09:46:05

The Zino’s Petrel (Pterodroma madeira) is a little seabird in the gadfly petrel genus which is endemic to the island of Madeira. This long-winged petrel has a grey back and wings, with a dark “W” marking across the wings, and a grey upper tail. The undersides of the wings are blackish except for a white triangle at the front edge near the body, and the belly is white with grey flanks. It’s very similar in appearance to the slightly larger Fea’s Petrel, and separating these two...

Juan Fernandez Petrel, Pterodroma externa
2013-04-21 08:46:35

The Juan Fernandez Petrel (pterodroma externa) is a species of seabird in the family Procellariidae. It breeds only on one island in Chile, Isla Alejandro Selkirk. The breeding population was estimated at 1,000,000 pairs in 1985 to 1986, and there may be up to 3 to 5 million birds worldwide. It is threatened by predation from introduced species such as cats and rats and, to a lesser extent, habitat loss from introduced herbivores such as goats. The IUCN Red List lists this species as...

Galápagos Petrel, Pterodroma phaeopygia
2012-10-27 22:25:38

This large, long-winged seabird is found in the five islands of the Galapagos Archipelago. The local people of the islands often call them “patabegada”. This species was once known as The Dark-Rumped Petrel, although recent changes have eliminated that name from current use. This bird is an endemic marine bird and usually nests in highlands with high humidity. In the past, the petrel population was severely affected by introduced mammals that depredated and altered the nesting...

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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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