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Kookaburra

Kookaburra

Reading Time: 1 minuteLaughing Kookaburra: Kookaburras are terrestrial tree kingfishers of the genus Dacelo native to Australia and New Guinea, which grow to between 28–42 cm (11–17 in) in length. The name is a loanword from Wiradjuri guuguubarra, onomatopoeic of its call. The loud …

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Tawny Eagle

Tawny Eagle

Reading Time: 2 minutesDefinitely Not A Crow: The Tawny Eagle is a large bird of prey. It breeds in most of Africa both north and south of the Sahara Desert and across tropical southwestern Asia to India. It is a resident breeder which …

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Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Reading Time: 2 minutesOf Bad Moral Character: The bald eagle is a bird of prey found in North America. Its range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico. It is found near large bodies of …

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Spanish Sparrow

Spanish Sparrow

Reading Time: 1 minuteGorrión Español: The Spanish sparrow is found in the Mediterranean region and south-west and central Asia. It is very similar to the closely related house sparrow. The Spanish sparrow is slightly larger and heavier than house sparrows, and also has …

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Twenty Inches And A Smile!

Giraffe Tongue

Reading Time: 1 minuteDelightful, And Frightful: While standing on a bridge at a zoo in Fuerteventura earlier this year, I stood back and watched an assortment of people posing for their photographs. Boy, oh boy, did this young lady get the shock of …

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Freaky Camel

Camel

Reading Time: 1 minuteFast & Beautiful. Apparently! Camels, they’re pretty freaky creatures aren’t they? Look at those eyes! Fifteen Camel Facts: The word ‘camel’ comes from an Arabic word: ǧml – it means beauty! Camels’ humps are not used to store water. They store fat. …

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Neon Pink Flamingo

Pink Flamingo

Reading Time: 1 minuteGracious And A Saviour: Flamingo comes from Portuguese or Spanish flamengo, “flame-colored”, in turn coming from Provençal flamenc from flama “flame” and Germanic-like suffix-ing, with a possible influence of words like Fleming. A similar etymology has the Latinate Greek term …

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Hungry Hippo

Hungry Hippo

Reading Time: 2 minutesAggressive & Dangerous: The common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), or hippo, is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal in sub-Saharan Africa, and one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae, the other being the pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis or Hexaprotodon …

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Gorgeous Indian Peacock

Indian Peacock

Reading Time: 1 minuteThe God Of War: The Indian peacock has iridescent blue and green plumage. The peacock “tail”, known as a “train”, consists not of a highly elongated upper tail coverts. These feathers are marked with eyespots, best seen when a peacock …

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King Vulture

King Vulture

Reading Time: 1 minuteGods Messenger: The king vulture is a large bird found in Central and South America. The vulture lives predominantly in tropical lowland forests stretching from southern Mexico to northern Argentina. The King Vulture is one of the world’s largest scavengers …

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