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Austrailan Painted-snipe
2009-02-27 16:05:50

The Australian Painted-snipe (Rostratula australis) is a species of wading bird native to Australia, though its distribution is scattered and any particular area is unpredictable. It was previously very common in the Riverina. Its habitat includes shallow, freshwater wetlands with thick cover of low vegetation. When conditions becomes unsuitable, it will wander elsewhere. The species has...

Common Snipe
2005-06-14 08:57:42

The Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) is a small, stocky shorebird. Adults are 23-28 cm in length with a 39-45 cm wingspan. They have short greenish-grey legs and a very long straight dark bill. The body is mottled brown on top and pale underneath. They have a dark stripe through the eye, with light stripes above and below it. The wings are pointed. They breed in marshes, bogs, tundra and...

Jack Snipe
2009-03-28 15:48:43

The Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) is a species of wading bird found in northern Europe and northern Russia. They are migratory and winter in Great Britain, Atlantic and Mediterranean coastal Europe, Africa, and India. Its breeding habitat is marshes, bogs, tundra, and wet meadows with short vegetation. It is well camouflaged in its habitat and very hard to spot. The adult is smaller...

Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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