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Swallow-tailed Gull Creagrus furcatus
2009-06-04 22:59:50

The Swallow-tailed Gull (Creagrus furcatus) is a species of seabird of the gull family. It is found in the equatorial seas where it spends most of its time hunting on the open ocean. Its main breeding grounds is on the cliffs of the larger Galápagos Islands, and on some of the smaller islands. It is typically found along the eastern islands where the water is warmer. It is also found in...

Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
2009-01-17 15:45:21

The Swallow-tailed Bee-eater (Merops hirundineus) is a species of bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is found in savannah woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa. It prefers more wooded country than most bee-eaters. It is somewhat migratory depending on rainfall patterns. This is a richly colored, slender bird, like other bee-eater species. Its colors and easily seen forked tail make this...

Cliff Swallow
2006-07-30 13:28:28

The Cliff Swallow, Petrochelidon pyrrhonota, is a member of the perching bird family Hirundinidae. It breeds in North America and Mexico, and is migratory, wintering in southern South America. This species has always been plentiful in the west of North America, where there are many natural sites, but the abundance in the east has varied. These birds average 5 inches long with a tiny bill....

Red-rumped Swallow
2006-07-30 13:27:02

The Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica, or Hirundo daurica) is a small perching bird in the swallow family. It breeds in open hilly country of temperate southern Europe and Asia from Portugal and Spain to Japan, India and tropical Africa. The Indian and African birds are resident, but European and other Asian birds are migratory. They winter in Africa or India. Red-rumped Swallows are...

House Martin
2006-07-30 13:25:32

The House Martin, Delichon urbica, is a migratory perching bird of the family Hiruninidae. The European range of the House Martin roughly corresponds with that of its relative the Barn Swallow, and it also winters in tropical Africa. The adult House Martin is steel-blue above with a white rump, and white underparts. Its short legs and toes have white downy feathering. Its bill is black. The...

Crag Martin
2006-07-30 13:20:15

The Crag Martin, (Ptyonoprogne rupestris), is a small perching bird in the swallow family. It breeds in the mountains of southern Europe, the Mediterranean and south Asia. Many European birds are resident, but some northern breeders and most Asian birds are migratory. They winter in North Africa or India. The Crag Martin is 5.5 to 6 inches long and somewhat similar in habits and appearance...

Welcome Swallow
2006-07-30 13:13:46

The Welcome Swallow, Hirundo neoxena, is a small perching bird in the swallow family. It is a species native to Australia and nearby islands, and New Zealand, which has been colonized in the last half century. This species breeds in southern and eastern Australia in a variety of habitats, but not desert or dense forest. Eastern populations are largely migratory, wintering in northern Australia....

Northern Rough-winged Swallow
2006-07-30 12:57:07

The Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Stelgidopteryx serripennis, is a small swallow. Their breeding habitat is near streams, lakes and river banks across North America. They migrate to the Gulf coast of the United States and south to Central America. Adults are 5 to 6 inches in length, brown on top with light undersides and a forked tail. They are similar in appearance to the Bank Swallow but...

Violet-green Swallow
2006-07-30 12:53:27

The Violet-green Swallow, Tachycineta thalassina, is a small swallow. Their breeding habitat is semi-open areas in western North America from Alaska to Mexico. They migrate in flocks to Central and South America. Adults are velvet green on their upperside with white a underside and a forked tail. They have white patches on the side of the rump. They are somewhat similar in appearance to...

Tree Swallow
2006-07-30 12:50:05

The Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor, is a migratory perching bird that breeds in North America and winters in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. This swallow is about 5 inches long and weighs less than an ounce. The bill is tiny. The adult Tree Swallow has an iridescent blue-green upper body, white under side, and a very slightly forked tail. The female usually has duller colors...

Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.