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Pink Pigeon Columba mayeri
2009-06-04 23:10:27

The Pink Pigeon (Columba mayeri) is a species of bird of the Columbidae family, which includes doves and pigeons. It is endemic to Mauritius and is very rare. It is found only on the Mascarene Island of Mauritius. Once being found on the larger Reunion Island, it is now extinct there. It is found in patches of forest in the National Park area to the southwest, and in the nature reserve Ile aux...

Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
2009-05-14 17:45:56

The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is a U.S. research facility based at the South Pole, in Antarctica. It is the southernmost continually inhabited place on the planet. Its name honors Roald Amundsen who reached the South Pole in December 1911, and Robert F. Scott who reached the South Pole in January 1912. The station was constructed in 1956 to support the International Geophysical Year in...

Cerrado
2009-07-02 23:05:06

The Cerrado (English: "inaccessible") is an immense tropical savanna ecoregion located in Brazil. It is distinguished by its wide variety of plant and animal biodiversity. According to the World Wildlife Fund, it is the richest savanna in the world, known for its flora and fauna. The climate of the Cerrado is mostly hot to semi-humid in the summer with a dry winter season which lasts from May...

Blood Pheasant
2009-01-15 18:38:10

The Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus) is a species of pheasant that has 15 different subspecies. It is found in the mountains of Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet, northern Burma and northwest regions of China. Its habitat is mainly coniferous or mixed forests and scrub areas near the snowline. During the summer they are found at higher elevations and depending on the amount of snowfall in fall and...

Seychelles Sunbird
2008-08-15 21:54:54

The Seychelles Sunbird (Nectarinia dussumieri), is a small passerine from the family of sunbirds. It is named after the French explorer Jean-Jacques Dussumier. It is native to the Seychelles where it's called kolibri in Creole. This bird is variously placed in the Cinnyris genus. It occurs on most of the larger granitic islands of the Seychelles Bank. It belongs to the endemic land bird species...

Yellow-throated Marten
2008-05-05 23:33:38

The Yellow-throated Marten or Himalayan Marten (Martes flavigula), is a species of marten found in Asia. It ranges through the temperate mountainous forests of the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, and East Asia, including the Russian Far East and the Korean Peninsula. It is generally solitary. It is distinguished from the Stone Marten by its large size and long limbs and tail; its tail makes up...

Neotropical River Otter
2008-05-05 23:30:48

The Neotropical River Otter (Lontra longicaudis), is a species of otter found in Central America, South America and the island of Trinidad. It is found in many different riverine habitats, including deciduous and evergreen forests, savannas, llanos and pantanal. It is possible that this species prefers to live in clear, fast-flowing rivers and streams, and is probably rare in sluggish,...

Puerto Rican Nightjar
2008-05-02 01:12:08

The Puerto Rican Nightjar (Caprimulgus noctitherus), is a very rare bird found in the coastal dry scrub forests in localized areas of southwestern Puerto Rico. It was first described from bones found in cave deposits and a single specimen taken in 1888. Thought to be extinct, it was rediscovered in 1961. The current population is estimated to be between 1,400 and 2,000 mature birds and...

Red Rock Crab
2008-05-01 00:31:48

The Red Rock Crab (Grapsus grapsus), is one of the most common crabs along the western coast of South America. It can also be seen along the entire coast of Central America and Mexico, and nearby islands. It is one of the many charismatic species that inhabits the Galapagos Islands, and is often seen in photos of the archipelago, sometimes sharing the seaside rocks with the marine iguanas...

Chacoan Peccary
2007-10-22 16:24:24

The Chacoan Peccary (Catagonus wagneri), is the closest living relative to the extinct genus Platygonus. It is found in the dry shrub habitat or Chaco of Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina and southern Brazil. The Chacoan peccary has the unusual distinction of having been first described based on fossils and was originally thought to be only an extinct species. In 1975 the animal was discovered to...

Word of the Day
edulcoration
  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
The word 'edulcoration' comes from a Latin word meaning 'making sweet'.