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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...

Red-backed Fairy-wren Malurus melanocephalus
2009-07-17 10:36:51

The Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus) is a passerine bird in the Maluridae family. It is found only in Australia along the coasts of rivers. These rivers are the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and the Kimberley which is the northern portion of Western Australia. This species is similar to other fairy-wrens which show apparent sexual dimorphism. During its breeding time, the...

Short-toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla
2009-07-15 14:23:59

The Short-toed Treecreeper, (Certhia brachydactyla), is a small bird found mainly in warmer regions of North Africa and Europe. This bird belongs to the largest order of perching songbirds, which includes more than half of all bird species. They encompass a massive range with a huge population estimated at approximately between 4-14 million birds. As one of a group of four very similar...

Hyacinth Macaw Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus
2009-06-16 17:47:50

The Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus), or Hyacinthine Macaw, is a species of parrot that is found in South America. It exists in three main colonies: the Pantanal region of Brazil, the Cerrado region of eastern Brazil, and around the Tocantins River, Xingu River, Tapajós River, and the Marajó island in the eastern Amazon Basin of Brazil. They are also found in eastern Bolivia...

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