31 Mar


Ruppia, also known as the widgeon weeds, ditch grasses or widgeon grass, is the only genus in the family Ruppiaceae, with eight known species. These are aquatic plants widespread over much of the world. The genus name was given in honor of...
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29 Mar


The Bonelli’s eagle (Aquila fasciata) is a large bird of prey. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. It breeds in southern Europe, Africa both north and south of the Sahara Desert and across the Middle East and South Asia...
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26 Mar


Amorpha is a genus of plants in the pea family, Fabaceae. The name Amorpha means ‘deformed’ or ‘without form’ in Greek and was given because flowers of this genus only have one petal, unlike the usual ‘pear-shaped’ flowers of the Faboideae subfamily....
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21 Mar


Ciconia is a genus of birds in the stork family. The genus name is the Latin word for ‘stork’, and was originally recorded in the works of Horace and Ovid. These are large storks, typically 100 cm tall, with a 180 cm...
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14 Mar


The marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It breeds in Africa, in both wet and arid habitats, often near human habitation, especially landfill sites. It is sometimes called the ‘undertaker bird’ due to its...
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11 Mar


Brecon is a ground-nesting bird, with beautiful iridescent green coloring on its back, a rounded wing shape in flight and a crest on its head. Brecons are very social birds which form large flocks, relying on mass-mobbing to deter predators during the...
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