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Zapata Rail Cyanolimnas cerverai
2012-11-27 00:03:03

The Zapata Rail is the only member of the monotypic genus Cyanolimnus. It is overall a dark-colored rail bird. It has grayish-blue underparts, a red-based yellow bill, brown upperparts, white under tail coverts, and red eyes and legs. Their short wings make it almost unable to fly. It is endemic to the wetlands of the Zapata Peninsula in southern Cuba, where its only known nest was discovered...

Galpagos Petrel Pterodroma phaeopygia
2012-10-27 22:25:38

This large, long-winged seabird is found in the five islands of the Galapagos Archipelago. The local people of the islands often call them “patabegada”. This species was once known as The Dark-Rumped Petrel, although recent changes have eliminated that name from current use. This bird is an endemic marine bird and usually nests in highlands with high humidity. In the past, the petrel...

Cooks Petrel Pterodroma cookii
2012-04-03 13:59:46

Cook’s Petrel, (Pterodroma cookii), is a species of seabird and a member of the gadfly petrels. The breeding habitat of this species is limited to three small islands in New Zealand: Little Barrier Island, Great Barrier Island, and Codfish Island. It migrates to the Pacific Ocean when it is not breeding. It can sometimes be seen well off the west coast of the United States and tropical South...

Black-capped Petrel Pterodroma hasitata
2012-04-02 15:15:29

The Black-capped Petrel, (Pterodroma hasitata), also known as the Diablotin, is a species of seabird native to the West Indies. Once widespread throughout this region, it is now far less common. It is an uncommon vagrant to the southeastern United States, and an extremely rare vagrant to western Europe. Habitat loss, introduced predators, and human activities are the main causes for the...

Highland Guan Penelopina nigra
2012-03-22 21:37:56

The Highland Guan (Penelopina nigra) is a species of bird in the Cracidae family. It is found in the highlands of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, southern Mexico, and Nicaragua. Its habitat includes subtropical or tropical moist mountain forests. Populations of this species have declined in recent times. It was originally listed as a species of Least Concern in 1994, but then up-listed to...

Tawny-faced Quail Rhynchortyx cinctus
2012-03-22 21:32:37

The Tawny-faced Quail (Rhynchortyx cinctus) is a species of bird in the Odontophoridae family. It is the only bird in its genus. It is found throughout Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Its habitat includes subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist mountain forests. Image Caption: Artistic Depiction of Male Tawny-faced...

Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
2012-03-22 19:46:47

The Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) also known as the dabchick, swan grebe, and swan-necked grebe, is a species of water bird found in western North America. They are commonly found in colonies numbering in the hundreds on large island lakes and sometimes along coastal marshes. Northern birds migrate west to coastal ocean in winter, while birds in the southwest and Mexico may be...

Band-rumped Storm Petrel Oceanodroma castro
2012-03-22 18:45:25

The Band-rumped Storm Petrel, (Oceanodroma castro), also known as the Madeiran Storm Petrel or Harcourt’s Storm Petrel, is a species of storm petrel in the family Hydrobatidae. It is found in the warmer parts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In the Atlantic, these include the Azores and Madeira; in the Pacific, the Galapagos Islands. This bird is about 7.5 to 8.25 inches long with a 17-...

Atitln Grebe Podilymbus gigas
2012-01-11 16:23:56

The Atitlan Grebe (Podilymbus gigas), also known as the Giant Grebe, Giant Pied-billed Grebe, and Poc, is an extinct species of water bird. It was endemic to Lago de Atitlan in Guatemala at an altitude of 5,600 feet above sea level. Before the bird became extinct, it was extensively studied by American ecologist Anne LaBastille for 25 years. Due to this, its decline is comprehensively known....

White-winged Fairy-wren Malurus leucopterus
2009-07-17 11:00:21

The White-winged Fairy-wren (Malurus leucopterus) is a unique species of passerine bird in the Maluridae family. This bird can be found from the middle of Queensland and South Australia to the other side of Western Australia. Similar to other fairy-wrens, males express a strong intensity of sexual dimorphism and feathers change to shining colors during breeding season. The female is the smaller...

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tourtiere
  • 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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