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Tanna Ground Dove Gallicolumba ferruginea
2014-09-10 10:54:56

The Tanna Ground Dove (Gallicolumba ferruginea), known also as Forster’s Dove of Tanna, is an extinct dove species. The taxonomic affiliation is not certain but at its first scientific discussion by Johann Georg Wagler in 1829, it was classified into the genus Gallicolumba; its closest relative is most likely the Santa Cruz Ground Dove. It was native to the Pacific Island of Tanna, Vanuatu....

Rouen Duck
2014-09-08 20:09:22

The Rouen duck is a breed of domestic duck that was developed in France during the nineteenth century. Although it had been developed earlier than the nineteenth century in France, it did not become the modern breed until it was brought to England. The original duck was similar to a mallard in appearance, but selective breeding increased its size and changed its coloration. It was mostly used...

Mulard
2014-09-08 16:31:03

The mulard, also known as the moulard, is a breed of domestic duck that was developed by crossbreeding the pekin duck breed and the Muscovy duck. It is not considered a breed or species hybrid due to the species classification of the Muscovy and the breed status of the pekin duck, which is a derivative of the Mallard duck species. However, it is considered to be a genera hybrid due to the genus...

Khaki Campbell
2014-09-08 12:05:02

The khaki Campbell duck, also known as the Campbell duck, is a breed of domestic duck that was developed in England by Mrs. Adah Campbell during the early nineteenth century. The development of this breed began when Campbell bought and Indian runner duck of an unknown type and bred them with the domestic Rouen duck and the wild Mallard. The result was known as the Campbell duck and it could lay...

Guadalupe Storm Petrel Oceanodroma macrodactyla
2014-09-08 09:23:52

The Guadalupe Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma macrodactyla) is a sea bird of small size belonging to the storm petrel family Hydrobatidae. It is apparently extinct. This species was nearly indistinguishable from its relative, Leach’s Storm petrel. Within the field, they couldn’t be told apart except by their circannual rhythm. In the hand, the Guadalupe Storm Petrel could be distinguished by...

Spectacled Cormorant Phalacrocorax perspicillatus
2014-09-08 09:05:04

The Spectacled Cormorant or the Pallas’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax perspicillatus) is an extinct marine bird of belonging to the cormorant family of seabirds that lived on the Bering Island and possibly other places within the Komandorski Islands and the nearby coast of Kamchatka. It is the biggest species of cormorant known to have ever existed. It was initially identified by Georg Steller...

Wessex Saddleback
2014-09-05 10:36:48

The Wessex saddleback, also known as the Wessex pig, is a breed of domestic pig that was developed in Wessex. Its complete origin is unknown, with some stating that is was developed by crossing the Old English sheeted pig and a breed of black pig from the New Forest region. Many suggest that the breed is one of the few to have been mostly unaffected by crossbreeding with Neapolitan pigs, which...

Red Wattle Hog
2014-09-04 08:38:22

The red wattle hog, also known as the red wattle pig, is a breed of domestic pig that was developed in the United States. Its origin is not completely understood, but the modern breed is known to have been developed from pigs found in eastern Texas. H. C. Wengler crossbred red wattle sows with a Duroc boar to begin the development process and the breed was established during the late 1960’s...

Pot-Bellied Pig
2014-09-03 14:16:45

The pot-bellied pig, also known as the Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, is a breed of domestic pig that originated from Vietnam. Today, the pig subspecies that is native to Vietnam can only be found in mountainous areas of that region, as well as Thailand, so the Vietnamese government now subsidizes farmers that raise pot-bellied pigs in order to ensure their survival. The pot-bellied pig is much...

American Pekin Duck
2014-09-03 12:09:51

The American Pekin duck, also known simply as the Pekin duck or the Long Island duck, is a breed of domestic duck that originated in China. It was developed using mallard ducks and was brought to the United States in 1873, after which time it became the most popular commercial duck in the country. Today this breed constitutes about ninety-five percent of all duck meat consumed in the United...

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