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Indomalaya Ecozone
2009-07-01 12:56:43

The Indomalaya ecozone is one of Earth's eight ecosystems. It covers most of South and Southeast Asia and parts of East Asia. This area was originally known as the Oriental Region by most scientists (especially biogeographers). Indomalaya extends from Afghanistan to Pakistan through the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia to southern China, and through Indonesia toward Java, Bali, and...

Fishing Spider
2009-06-26 17:54:54

The Fishing Spider (Thalassius albocinctus) is a species of arachnid found in tropical Asia from India to the Philippines. It gets its name from the habit it has of catching small fish. It is found near water. This spider is easily identifiable by the presence of a black, glossy, broad band and white lateral band that runs along the cephalothorax (conjoined head and thorax) and abdomen. It...

Orchid Tree Bauhinia variegate
2009-04-23 11:25:46

The Orchid Tree (Bauhinia variegate) or Mountain-ebony, is a species of flowering plant native to southeastern Asia, from southern China to west India. It is categorized in the family Fabaceae. The small to medium-sized tree reaches heights between 10 to 12 yards and is deciduous in the dry season. The rounded leaves are double-lobed at the base and apex, and reach lengths and widths...

Vernal Hanging Parrot
2009-04-07 18:56:27

The Vernal Hanging Parrot (Loriculus vernalis) is a species of bird that is found from India eastwards to Southeast Asia. In Sri Lanka, it is replaced by the very similar endemic Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, (L. beryllinus). It is not migratory, but does have some movement, depending on the availability of food. It is a bird of dry jungle and cultivation. This bird is small and mainly green....

Greater Yellownape
2009-04-07 16:08:20

The Greater Yellownape (Picus flavinucha) is a species of bird found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical and tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist mountain regions. The adult is large and has a prominent yellow-crested nape and throat. It is mainly a...

Indian Pitta
2009-04-07 13:47:45

The Indian Pitta (Pitta brachyura) is a species of passerine bird that is found mainly in the sub-Himalayas. It is migratory and winters in southern India and Sri Lanka. It is not often found in drier parts of the country. Its breeding habitat is the foothills of the Himalayas from Islamabad to Central Nepal and in Central and Western India. Some records of breeding are noted from as far south...

Pheasant-tailed Jacana
2009-02-21 19:53:52

The Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus) is a species of bird of the jacana family Jacanidae. It is found in India, southeast Asia, and Indonesia. It is resident in much of its range, but northern populations from south China and the Himalayas migrate into peninsular India and southeast Asia. It also resides in Taiwan, where it is also considered endangered. Its preferred habitat...

Smooth-coated Otter
2009-02-16 19:34:01

The Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) is a species of otter, the last living representative of the genus Lutrogale. It is found from India east to southeast Asia, and a separate, small population in Iraq. It occurs throughout most of southern Asia, in the Indomalaya ecozone, from India eastward. Smooth-coated otters are found in areas where water is plentiful. Peat swamp forests,...

Malabar Flying Frog
2009-01-13 18:26:36

The Malabar Flying Frog (Rhacophorus malabaricus) is a species of moss frog found in the Western Ghats of India. The term "flying frog" refers to its ability to make gliding jumps out of treetops of up to 40 feet. It does this by expanding the webbing between its toes to break its fall as it glides down from above. The Malabar Flying Frog is about 4 inches long (males being smaller than...

Painted Bush Quail
2008-12-26 09:43:00

The Painted Bush Quail (Perdicula erythrorhyncha) is a species of quail found in India. It is found in hill forests and it moves along hillsides in small coveys of about 6-10 birds. It comes out from cover along open grassy patches or on forest roads to feed and dust-bathe in the morning and evening. It is a dark, brightly colored bird with a deep red bill and legs. The female has brick-red...

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  • a meat pie that is usually eaten at Christmas in Quebec
The word 'tourtiere' comes from the French tourte, or passenger pigeon.
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