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Black Turnstone Arenaria melanocephala
2012-04-02 19:06:21

The Black Turnstone, (Arenaria melanocephala), is a species of wading bird in the sandpiper family Scolopacidae. It was formerly placed in the plover family Charadriidae. It is one of two species in the genus Arenaria; the other being the Ruddy Turnstone (A. interpres). The Black Turnstone is native to western North America and breeds only in Alaska from the Alaskan Peninsula in the south to...

Red Knot
2009-04-01 13:32:49

The Red Knot (Calidris canutus), or Knot in Europe, is a species of bird found in the tundra and Arctic mountains in the far north of Canada, Europe and Russia. North American birds migrate to coastal Europe and South America, while European birds migrate to Africa, Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand. This species has an extensive range and a large population of about 1.1 million...

Surfbird
2005-06-02 08:06:18

The Surfbird (Aphriza virgata) is a small stocky wader in the family Scolopacidae. It has a short dark bill, yellow legs and a black band at the end of the white rump. During breeding season the plumage takes on darker streaks on the head and breast with dark spots on its white underparts; the upperparts are dark with rust coloring on the wings. Birds in winter plumage and immature birds are...

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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