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Imperial Woodpecker
2006-06-30 14:47:08

The Imperial Woodpecker, (Campephilus imperialis), was a member of the woodpecker family Piciformes. It was the world's largest woodpecker species. This 23 inch long bird is officially listed as critically endangered or possibly extinct. However, the last positive sighting was in Durango, Mexico in 1958 and it is probably now extinct. The primary reason for its decline was loss of...

Warbling Vireo
2006-03-31 11:57:45

The Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) is a small songbird found throughout most of North America, from Alaska to Mexico. In winter, this species migrates to Mexico and Central America Adults are mainly olive-grey on the head and upperparts with white underparts; they have brown eyes and the front of the face is light. There is a white stripe just over the eyes. They have thick blue-grey legs and...

Black-capped Vireo
2006-03-31 11:38:57

The Black-capped Vireo (Vireo atricapillus) is a small songbird native to the United States and Mexico. It has been listed as an endangered species in the United States since 1987 and the IUCN classifies this species as vulnerable. The Black-capped Vireo averages 4.5 inches (12 cm) in length. Males have olive green plumage above and white below with faint yellow flanks. The crown and upper...

Rosss Goose
2006-03-07 15:11:18

The Ross's Goose (Chen rossii) is a North American species of goose. It breeds in northern Canada and winters much further south in the continent in the southern USA and occasionally northern Mexico. The American Ornithologists' Union places this species and the other two "white" geese in the genus Chen rather than the more traditional "grey" goose genus Anser. Ross's Goose has white...

Ferruginous Hawk
2006-03-01 15:01:34

The Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) is a large hawk found on the prairies and open country in mid-western North America. In the central part of their range, they are permanent residents. Northern birds migrate to the southern United States and Mexico in winter. Adults have long broad wings and a broad grey, rusty or white tail. The legs are feathered to the talons, similar to the...

Coopers Hawk
2006-02-28 20:41:51

The Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) is a medium-sized hawk found in forested areas across southern Canada, the United States and northern Mexico. They are permanent residents in most of the United States, however northern birds migrate to the southern U.S. and Mexico in winter. As with other birds of prey, females of this species are larger than males. Adults have short broad wings and a...

Ashy Storm-petrel
2006-02-22 14:59:31

The Ashy Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma homochroa) is a small, scarce seabird of the storm-petrel family Hydrobatidae. Breeding colonies can be found on islands off the coasts of California and Mexico, and it is one of 6 species of storm petrel that live and feed in the rich California Current system. Both its common and scientific names come from its coloration; one authority has suggested naming...

Lark Sparrow
2006-02-21 05:08:51

The Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus) is a fairly large sparrow and is the sole member of the genus Chondestes. This passerine bird breeds in southern Canada, much of the USA, as well as northern Mexico. It is sometimes found in the east but is becoming much less common due to the contraction of its range. The populations in Mexico and adjacent USA states are resident, but other birds are...

Cicada killer wasp
2005-07-14 00:37:32

The Cicada Killer Wasp is a large, solitary wasp so named because is hunts cicadas and provisions its nest with them. In North America it is sometimes called the Sand Hornet, although it is not a hornet, which belong to the family Vespidae. Taxonomy The North American cicada killer wasps all belong to the genus Sphecius, of which there are 21 species worldwide. The four cicada-killing...

Arizona queen of the night Peniocereus greggii
2005-07-12 11:49:45

The Arizona Queen of the Night is a cactus originally from Arizona (USA) and Sonora (Mexico). It is also known as the night blooming cereus or Reina de la noche (Latin Peniocereus greggii, also called Cereus greggii) This cactus has stems about 1/2-1 inch wide with 6-9 edges. Its flowers are white, up to 30 centimetres in diameter with a scent redolent of vanilla. The flowers open after...

Word of the Day
zill
  • One of a pair of round metal cymbals attached to the fingers and struck together for rhythm and percussion in belly dancing.
The word 'zill' comes from a Turkish word meaning "cymbals".
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