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2013-01-16 10:34:55

Studies of migratory birds need to embrace a versatile mix of data - including geolocator technology, stable-isotope analysis , mark-recapture (banding) data along with citizen science data Animals move around the globe in billions, sometimes - like the snow bunting - one of the iconic Arctic-breeding species, covering huge distances and enduring the most extreme frigid weather conditions. In this conspicuously white sparrow-sized bird, animal migration epitomizes a stunning success of...


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2005-06-02 08:27:16

The Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae. Most modern authors now separate this family from the finches (Fringillidae). The snow bunting is an arctic specialist and it has a circumpolar arctic breeding range throughout the northern hemisphere. There is a small isolated population on the high mountaintops of Scotland. The breeding habitat is treeless moors, tundra and bare mountains. It is migratory, wintering in northern temperate...

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'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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