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2009-04-05 14:15:35

Wildlife officials in Florida say they have been unable to drive swamphens, an invasive exotic bird, from the state. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Sunday state officials went after the purple swamphens in 2006. Game wardens were ordered to shoot the slow-flying birds. In the course of 2 1/2 years, officials in airboats killed nearly 3,200 colorful birds. Officials said they were not able to contain the birds in South Florida, the newspaper reported. We got there late, said Scott...

2008-09-10 15:00:16

By MILNE, Amy SOME of Southland's unique locals are the large, flightless birds found in the wild only in the Murchison Mountains of Fiordland. Takahe were considered extinct until the late Dr Geoffery Orbell rediscovered them in 1948. Since 1983, the Department of Conservation has been involved in managing takahe that live within the Te Anau Wildlife Park in an attempt to boost the birds' recovery. The department's takahe programme manager Phil Tisch said to support breeding in...


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2009-03-28 13:38:57

The Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio), also known as the African Purple Swamphen, Purple Moorhen, Purple Gallinule, or Purple Coot, is a species of bird compromising of at least six subspecies: P. p. porphyrio in Europe, P. p. madagascariensis in Africa, P. p. poliocephalus in tropical Asia, P. p. melanotus in much of Australasia, P. p. indicus in Indonesia, and P. p. pulverulentis in the Philippines. The Purple Swamphen prefers wet areas with high rainfall, swamps, lake edges and damp...

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2009-03-28 13:27:45

The American Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica) is a species of bird of the family Rallidae. It is found in the southeastern states of the USA and the tropical regions of Central America and the Caribbean. In southern Florida and the tropics it is largely resident, but most American birds are migratory and winter in Argentina. Its habitat is warm swamps and marshes. This bird has purple-blue plumage with a green back and red and yellow bill. There is a pale blue forehead shield and...

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2009-03-28 13:25:06

The Takahē or South Island Takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri) is a species of flightless bird native to New Zealand. It was thought to be extinct after the last four known specimens were taken in 1898. However, the bird was rediscovered by Geoffrey Orbell near Lake Te Anau in the Murchison Mountains, South Island, on November 20, 1948. The species is still present there today and small populations have been successfully relocated to four predator-free offshore islands (Tiritiri Matangi,...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'