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Black-whiskered Vireo
2008-05-05 22:54:50

The Black-whiskered Vireo (Vireo altiloquus), is a small passerine bird found in southern Florida, USA, and the West Indies as far south as the offshore islands of Venezuela. This bird is a partial migrant. Northern birds winter from the Greater Antilles to northern South America. It is a rare vagrant to Costa Rica. Its habitat is open deciduous wooded areas and cultivation, and in Florida also...

Black-capped Vireo
2006-03-31 11:38:57

The Black-capped Vireo (Vireo atricapillus) is a small songbird native to the United States and Mexico. It has been listed as an endangered species in the United States since 1987 and the IUCN classifies this species as vulnerable. The Black-capped Vireo averages 4.5 inches (12 cm) in length. Males have olive green plumage above and white below with faint yellow flanks. The crown and upper...

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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