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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...

Supurb Fairywren Malurus cyaneus
2009-07-17 10:52:12

The Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus), is an ordinary passerine bird of the fairy-wren family Maluridae. This bird is also known as the Superb Blue-wren or informally as Blue wren. It can be found throughout southeastern Australia, and is territorial and not migratory. This particular species presents a great level of sexual dimorphism. The breeding feathers of the male are a vibrant blue on...

Eurasian Nuthatch
2008-09-11 16:12:32

The Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea), is a small passerine bird found throughout temperate Europe and Asia, although not in Ireland. It belongs to the nuthatch family Sittidae. This bird is the most common and most widespread nuthatch, and is often referred to just as the Nuthatch. It is a resident bird of deciduous woods and parkland, with some old trees for nesting. The Eurasian Nuthatch...

Red Wattlebird
2008-06-13 22:48:03

The Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata), also known as Barkingbird or Gillbird, is a honeyeater found in SE Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and southwest Western Australia in open forest, woodland, and near human habitation. The Red Wattlebird is a large (13.75 inch) gray-brown honeyeater with red eyes, distinctive red wattles either side of the neck and white...

Blue Tit
2006-08-14 10:50:44

The Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common resident breeder throughout temperate and subarctic Europe and western Asia in deciduous or mixed woodlands. It is a resident bird and most birds do not migrate. The azure blue crown and dark blue line passing through the eye and encircling the white cheeks to the chin, give the Blue...

Sand Martin
2006-07-30 12:48:23

The Sand Martin, Riparia riparia, is a migratory passerine* bird in the swallow family. It has a wide range in summer, taking up practically the whole of Europe and the Mediterranean countries, part of northern Asia and also North America, where it is called Bank Swallow. It winters in eastern and southern Africa, southern Asia and South America. The Sand Martin is brown above, white below...

Black-crowned Tchagra
2006-03-25 11:28:10

Black-crowned Tchagra (Tchagra senegala) is a bushshrike in the family Malaconotidae. This family of passerine birds is closely related to the true shrikes in the family Laniidae, and were once included in that group. This species can be found in the Arabian Peninsula as well as most of Africa where it prefers scrub, open woodland, semi-desert and cultivated areas. It lays two or three eggs...

Word of the Day
coulisse
  • One of the side scenes of the stage in a theater, or the space included between the side scenes.
  • The outside stock exchange, or “curb market,” of Paris.
  • A flute or groove on the blade of a sword.
  • A section of stage scenery placed in a wing of a theatre.
The word 'coulisse' comes from a French word meaning "sliding door".
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