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African Harrier Hawk
2008-11-25 22:23:36

The African Harrier Hawk (Polyboroides typus), or Gymnogene, is a bird of prey found in Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Its natural habitat is woodland with palm trees and often near water. Adults are about 23.5 to 26 inches in length. The upperparts, head and breast are pale gray. The belly is white with fine dark barring. The broad wings are pale gray with a black trailing edge fringed...

Rhim Gazelle Slender-horned Gazelle or the Sand Gazelle
2007-10-23 14:00:57

The Rhim Gazelle (Gazella leptoceros), also known as the Slender-horned Gazelle or the Sand Gazelle, is a slender gazelle, most adapted to desert life. The Rhim Gazelle is found in isolated pockets across the central Sahara Desert. The extreme heat of this environment limits their feeding to the early morning and evening and it gains most of its water requirements from dew and plant moisture,...

Spotted Eagle Owl
2006-08-17 16:07:32

The Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus) is a species of horned owls. They inhabit most of Africa south to the Sahara Desert away from dense forests. They are nocturnal hunters spending the day concealed in trees, rock ledges or abandoned burrows. They are found in areas with rocky outcroppings, scrub land open woods and semi deserts. It is a medium sized owl and one of the smallest Eagle...

African Fish Eagle
2006-02-27 14:45:01

The African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) is a large species of eagle. They are quite common near freshwater lakes, reservoirs, or rivers, although they can sometimes be found near the coast at the mouths of rivers or lagoons. As their name implies African fish eagles are indigenous to Africa, ranging over most of continental Africa south of the southern-most edge of the Sahara Desert....

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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