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Africa
2013-02-18 11:10:17

As the world’s second-largest and second most populous continent, Africa is about 11.7 sq. miles including adjacent islands. It covers 6 percent of the Earth’s total surface area and 20.4 percent of the total land area. With 1 billion people, it accounts for about 15 percent of the world’s human population. It is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, both the Suez Canal and...

Sahara Mustard Brassica tournefortii
2009-04-28 15:40:33

Brassica tournefortii is a species of mustard plant that is more commonly known as Asian, African and Sahara mustard. It is very similar to other mustard species blooming annually with long stems reaching just over 3 feet in length, but the flowers are a duller yellow. Indigenous to North Africa and the Middle East, this species was transported accidentally to the United States by humans. It...

Spotted Sandgrouse
2008-02-05 14:33:28

The Spotted Sandgrouse (Pterocles senegallus), is a species of bird in the Pteroclididae family of birds. It is found in Afghanistan, Algeria, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Western Sahara.

Sand cat
2007-01-19 12:24:16

The sand Cat (Felis margarita) is a small wild cat 19.69 inches (50 cm) long, plus an 11.81 in (30 cm) tail. It is distributed over African and Asian deserts. The name "Desert Cat" is reserved for a subspecies of the true Wild Cat, but it would go better with this species. It lives in those dry areas that are even too hot and dry for the Desert Cat. These areas are the Sahara, the Arabian...

African Mourning Dove
2006-09-04 13:21:33

The African Mourning Dove, Streptopelia decipiens, is a pigeon which is a widespread resident breeding bird in Africa south of the Sahara. Despite its name, it is not a close relative of the American Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura. The African Mourning Dove is a largish, stocky pigeon, up to 12.2 inches in length. Its back, wings and tail are pale brown. The head is gray and the under parts...

African Collared Dove
2006-09-04 13:17:54

The African Collared Dove, Streptopelia roseogrisea, is a small dove found in Africa in the arid region south of the Sahara. Its range extends in a band right across the continent, and into southern Arabia. Although it lives in arid lands, it is found around water sources. This bird is typically around 10.25 inches in length. Its upper body, from shoulders to tail, is a pale grayish brown,...

Speckled Pigeon
2006-09-01 13:22:58

The Speckled Pigeon, Columba guinea, is a pigeon in the bird family Columbidae. It is a resident breeding bird in much of Africa south of the Sahara. It is a common and widespread species in open habitats over a good deal of its range, although there are sizeable gaps in its distribution. This is a large pigeon at 16 inches in length. Its back and wings are reddish-brown, the latter heavily...

Pearl-spotted Owlet
2006-08-17 19:00:07

The Pearl-spotted Owlet (Glaucidium perlatum) is a member of the typical owl family, Strigidae, which contains the most species of owl. It breeds in Africa south of the Sahara. It is common in open woodland and savannah. The owl is small and stocky, with a longish tail. The upper parts are rich brown and heavily spotted with white. The under parts are white and streaked with brown. The...

White-fronted Plover
2009-03-06 15:08:17

The White-fronted Plover (Charadrius marginatus) is a species of wading bird found in much of Africa south of the Sahara. Its habitat is rocky, sandy or muddy coasts and large inland rivers and lakes. The adult is 6.25 to 7 inches in length. It is paler than similar species. The breeding adult has medium brown upperparts, with a white hind neck collar and a radiant white forehead that...

Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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