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Mountain Stream Tree Frog Litoria barringtonensis
2014-09-25 09:47:45

The Mountain Stream Tree Frog (Litoria barringtonensis) is a species of tree frog that is endemic to highland areas of NSW, Australia extending from the Myall Lakes region, north to around Dorrigo National Park and west to Barrington Tops National Park. This frog is a rather small tree frog measuring to about 45 millimeters in length. It is a light green to dark olive green in color on the...

Norfolk Kaka Nestor productus
2014-09-11 10:58:16

The Norfolk Kaka (Nestor productus) is an extinct species of large parrot belonging to the parrot super family Strigopoidea. The bird was about 38 centimeters in long with mostly olive-brown upperparts, orange cheeks and throat, straw-colored breast and thighs, rump and lower abdomen dark orange and a prominent beak. It lived in the rocks and treetops of Norfolk Island and the adjacent Phillip...

Bonin Wood Pigeon Columbia versicolor
2014-09-10 10:35:09

The Bonin Wood Pigeon (Columbia versicolor) was a pigeon that was native to Nakado-jima and Chichi-jima in the Ogasawara Islands off of the coast of Japan. It’s known from four documented specimens, the first of 1827 and the last from 1889. They averaged a length of 45 centimeters. This bird died out late in the 19th century as a result of deforestation, hunting, and predation by the rats and...

Rouen Duck
2014-09-08 20:09:22

The Rouen duck is a breed of domestic duck that was developed in France during the nineteenth century. Although it had been developed earlier than the nineteenth century in France, it did not become the modern breed until it was brought to England. The original duck was similar to a mallard in appearance, but selective breeding increased its size and changed its coloration. It was mostly used...

Magpie Duck
2014-09-08 12:28:35

The magpie duck is a breed of domestic duck that originated in the United Kingdom during the nineteenth century. The breed was developed by Oliver Drake and M.C. Gower-Williams, who most likely used selective breeding techniques with the Belgian Huttegem, a breed that was highly similar to the magpie duck. Although it was brought to the United States in 1963 and accepted by the American...

Khaki Campbell
2014-09-08 12:05:02

The khaki Campbell duck, also known as the Campbell duck, is a breed of domestic duck that was developed in England by Mrs. Adah Campbell during the early nineteenth century. The development of this breed began when Campbell bought and Indian runner duck of an unknown type and bred them with the domestic Rouen duck and the wild Mallard. The result was known as the Campbell duck and it could lay...

Grice
2014-09-05 10:47:45

The grice, also known as the highland or Irish pig, is an extinct breed of domestic pig that once roamed the highland hills and islands of Scotland and Ireland. During the nineteenth century, this breed was described as being extremely hardy and aggressive, often known to wander from its own farmlands to forage for food. Because of this, it was recommended that farmers stop keeping the breed on...

Cayuga Duck
2014-09-04 13:29:20

The Cayuga duck is a breed of domestic duck that is thought to have been developed in the United States. Although its origins are unknown, it is widely accepted that the breed is either a descendant of the American black duck or that is was a hybrid produced by breeding the American black duck or another domestic breed with the wild mallard, although this theory is not held in high regard. The...

Aylesbury Duck
2014-09-04 13:11:59

The Aylesbury duck is a breed of domestic duck that was developed in England. Its exact origin is unknown, but it is known that duck breeds originating from England were rare before the eighteenth century. The common duck, although originating from England, was bred from wild mallards and the most prized members of this breed were white in color, although they only occurred randomly. During the...

Silver Appleyard Duck
2014-09-04 09:00:42

The silver Appleyard duck, also known as the Appleyard duck or the large Appleyard, is a breed of domestic duck that was developed in England. It was named after its first breeder, Reginald Appleyard, who developed the breed at the Priory Waterfowl Farm to provide an aesthetically pleasing duck that could also produce large white eggs. Although it was brought to the United States in the...

Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'