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White-winged Wood Duck
2006-03-09 10:39:39

The White-winged Wood Duck (Cairina scutulata) is a species of dabbling duck that belongs to the genus Cairina. Historically it was widely distributed from north-east India and Bangladesh, through South East Asia to Java and Sumatra. However, in 2002 it had a population of only 800, with about 200 in Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, 150 on Sumatra, notably in Way Kambas National Park,and...

Bar-headed Goose
2006-03-07 14:44:45

The Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus) is easily distinguished from any of the other grey geese of the genus Anser by the character implied by its English name. It is also much paler than the other geese in this genus. Its breeding habitat is in Central Asia and it migrates over the Himalayas to winter in the wetlands of India. It is believed to be the highest flying bird and has been seen at...

Chestnut-tailed Starling
2006-03-06 12:37:37

The Chestnut-tailed Starling (Sturnus malabaricus), also known as the Grey-headed Myna, is a member of the starling family found in India and southeast Asia. This bird prefers open woodland and cultivated areas. The Chestnut-tailed Starling builds a nest in hole and the normal clutch consists of an average of 3-5 eggs. The adults of these 20cm long birds have dark grey upperparts, rufous...

Hill Myna
2006-03-06 11:28:50

The Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa) is a member of the starling family found in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia and has been introduced to the USA. The smaller-billed race found in the Western Ghats of India and in Sri Lanka, G. (r.) indica, has been split off as a separate species known as the Southern Hill Myna. This species is typically found in forest...

Indian White-rumped Vulture
2006-03-01 09:08:25

The Indian White-rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis) is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae. It is closely related to the European Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus). It breeds on crags or in trees in mountains throughout India and southeast Asia, laying one egg. Birds sometimes form loose colonies. The population is mostly resident. This scavenger feeds mainly from carcasses of dead...

Brahminy Kite
2006-02-28 18:06:24

The Brahminy Kite (Haliastur Indus) is a medium-sized, attractive bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. This kite can be found in India and southeast Asia, even as far as tropical north Australia, where it is widespread. Its flight is typical, with wings angled, but its tail is rounded unlike the Milvus species, Red Kite and Black Kite, which have forked tails. The Brahminy Kite has...

Changeable Hawk Eagle
2006-02-26 15:18:47

The Changeable Hawk Eagle (Spizaetus cirrhatus) is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It can be found in southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka to Indonesia and the Philippines. This bird prefers open woodland, although island forms prefer a much higher tree density. It builds a stick nest in a tree and lays a single egg. Changeable Hawk Eagle is a medium to large raptor measuring...

Greater Flamingo
2006-02-20 13:48:18

The Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) is the most prevalent species of the Flamingo family. It is found in parts of Africa, southwest Asia (including Turkey), southern Asia (coastal regions of India) and southern Europe (including Spain and the Camargue region of France). Some populations are even short distance migrants. This rather large species averages 120 to 140 cm tall and is...

Atlas moth
2005-09-09 11:54:00

The Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is a large saturniid moth found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, and is common across the Malay archipelago to Indonesia. In India, Atlas moths are cultivated for their silk in a non-commercial capacity; unlike that produced by the related Silkworm moth (Bombyx mori), Atlas moth silk is secreted as broken strands. This brown, wool-like...

2005-06-23 09:04:50

Chameleons are small to mid-size reptiles that belong to one of the best known lizard families (Chamaeleonidae). They are famous for their ability to change their color also because of their elongated tongue and their eyes which can be moved independently of each other. The name "Chameleon" means "earth lion" and is derived from the Greek words chamai (on the ground, on the earth) and leon...

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.