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Common kingfishers have advanced eyesight, with the ability to polarize light, reducing the reflection of light off of water.

8 Comments
2024/02/21
16:15 UTC

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Wood duck is one of the few duck species equipped with strong claws that can grip bark and perch on branches.

13 Comments
2024/02/20
20:57 UTC

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Male magnificent frigatebirds have a red inflatable throat pouch called a gular sac. During the breeding season, they inflate their large, red, gular sacs as a mating display. Their inflated sacs can get so large that they obscure the bird's head.

9 Comments
2024/02/18
15:13 UTC

612

The elf owl is the world's smallest owl — standing 13 cm (5 inches) tall, it's not much bigger than a typical drink can. It is a desert bird, nesting in woodpecker cavities and cactus holes. To clean its nest of parasites, it's known to catch thread snakes and let them loose in its home.

10 Comments
2024/02/17
20:14 UTC

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Cheetah cubs stay with their mother until they are 15 to 17 months old. Deciduous milk teeth in cubs erupt between 3 and 6 weeks of age, and will not be replaced with permanent teeth until the cubs are around 8 months old.

8 Comments
2024/02/15
14:59 UTC

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The fat-tailed dwarf lemur is the only primate in the world known to enter extended periods of hibernation-like torpor, lasting for up to 7 months. In preparation, it gorges on fruit and flowers, storing up fat in its tail — which can become up to 40% of its total body weight.

12 Comments
2024/02/15
11:04 UTC

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Sea otters have a different approach to living in the water than cetaceans or pinnipeds.

Instead of having a layer of insulating fat that both helps them stay warm and stay buoyant, sea otters developed the thickest coat of fur of any animal, anywhere from 600k to 1 million follicles/square inch. For perspective, a space the size of a US quarter on a sea otter has more fur in it than a German shepherd's whole body. This is so much fur that a sea otters skin will pretty much never get wet. They stay afloat by grooming in and trapping air bubbles in the deeper layers of their coat, a process that takes hours as everytime they dive, bubbles float out.

Source: 12 Facts About Otters for Sea Otter Awareness Week - DOI.gov https://www.doi.gov/blog/12-facts-about-otters-sea-otter-awareness-week

14 Comments
2024/02/15
05:50 UTC

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The vicuña: a small camelid similar to camels and alpacas, native to South America, particularly the Andes. They are shy and timid animals, notably very clean, and with very acute hearing. They also enjoy licking salty rocks (Pic: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The Vicuña is a small camelid, similar to camels and alpacas, native to South America, particularly the Andes. They were prized by the Inca for their particularly fine wool, and were marked as endangered in the 70s. The population has since increased, despite continued habitat loss and poaching. (Pic: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, via WikiCommons)

6 Comments
2024/02/14
11:29 UTC

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The blue crane, South Africa's national bird, is near-endemic to the country — 99% of the birds live there, but a small disjunct population exists in northern Namibia. It has the smallest range of any crane species, with 12,000 to 23,000 blue cranes living exclusively in South Africa.

10 Comments
2024/02/12
10:31 UTC

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The southern red muntjac is also known as the 'barking deer' because its predator alarm call sounds like the bark of a dog. It has four face glands which it can flare out in an unnerving display. The upper canine teeth in males are elongated into tusks, which they use in self-defence.

15 Comments
2024/02/10
10:49 UTC

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The Hippo has the largest mouth of all land animals, able open its jaws to almost 180°. In a fully grown male, this equates to an average gape of 1.2 m or 4 ft along with canine teeth that typically measure 71 cm or 28 in that contiually grow.

21 Comments
2024/02/09
14:54 UTC

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Harris’s Hawks are unique among raptors for their cooperative nesting behavior. They are social birds, often seen in family groups known as “packs.” During the breeding season, multiple adult birds, typically offspring from previous years, assist in raising the young.

PS I assumed that these are Harris's Hawks, although I didn't get a super close look. There were three black-brown hawk's apparently hunting in a group.

16 Comments
2024/02/07
19:49 UTC

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The Etruscan shrew is the world's smallest mammal by mass — weighing a paltry 1.8 g (0.063 oz) on average. It has a fast metabolism and a massive appetite. It eats between 1.5 - 2 times its own body weight every day. Its heart rate can be as high as 1511 beats/min (25 beats/s).

26 Comments
2024/02/07
12:05 UTC

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The Common Brushtail Possums is The Most Widespread Marsupial in Australia

7 Comments
2024/02/04
20:04 UTC

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The vulturine guineafowl inhabits the scrublands of East Africa. It prefers to run instead of fly. It's often seen scraping at the ground in search of seeds, tubers, and insects — able to survive extended periods without drinking, by getting water from the food it eats.

16 Comments
2024/02/04
11:51 UTC

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Less well known than their savanna cousins, The African forest buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus), also known as the dwarf buffalo or the Congo buffalo, is the only subspecies of African buffalo to dwell in jungles, though they spend much of their time in the few open parts like grassland and marshes.

7 Comments
2024/02/02
13:06 UTC

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The giant-striped mongoose lives in southwestern Madagascar, in the spiny desert region, where temperatures can reach 47°C (117 °F). It sleeps inside hollows in limestone formations during the day to avoid the heat. It is believed that only between 3115 and 4995 remain.

12 Comments
2024/02/02
10:52 UTC

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The Nicobar pigeon is an island bird that spends much of its time on the ground. However, it is also highly nomadic — it sleeps on predator-free offshore islets, flies to larger islands to find more abundant food, and withdraws to smaller islands to breed.

15 Comments
2024/01/31
12:05 UTC

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Rock hyraxes (Procavia capensis) have a scent gland on their back that they use to mark their territory and communicate with each other. Babies will typically sit on their mom's back, acquiring her pheromone signature in order to facilitate bonding.

14 Comments
2024/01/31
05:22 UTC

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Both African and Asian Elephants are born with a layer of thick hair called “Lanugo”. The majority of this hair sheds off before birth and continues to fall off as the calf grows. Although it doesn’t provide any warmth, it allows for extra sensation & helps them determine how close an object is.

11 Comments
2024/01/29
14:37 UTC

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The rifleman, also known as the tītitipounamu, is considered New Zealand's smallest bird, at about 8 cm (3.1 in) long. It is a forest-dweller. Its short wings and stumpy tail make it a poor flier, so instead, it flits from tree to tree — spiralling up trunks in search of small insects.

19 Comments
2024/01/29
11:01 UTC

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The majestic Markhor (national animal of Pakistan) makes an annual mountain climb when summer starts every year since the higher altitudes are no longer too cold for them.

10 Comments
2024/01/29
00:59 UTC

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The carapace of a young spiny turtle is heavily serrated along its rim, with a ridged keel down its back and tiny spikes on its scutes. As it ages, the spines become less exaggerated — eventually smoothing out along the sides, with a grooved pattern at the rear of the carapace.

12 Comments
2024/01/27
11:05 UTC

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The crab-eating raccoon is a resident of Central and South America — living in forested areas (including rainforest), usually around rivers, lagoons, or near the beach. To catch a crab, this raccoon will pat it repeatedly with its dexterous paws to tire it out before cracking it with its teeth.

18 Comments
2024/01/25
11:19 UTC

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The morepork, or ruru, is New Zealand's only native owl. Despite being common, it is rarely actually seen due to its small size, cryptic colouration, and nocturnal nature. It is often heard, however, and both its common name and Māori name reflect the sound of this owl's call.

20 Comments
2024/01/23
11:11 UTC

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The grey-bellied night monkey belongs to a family of primates also known as owl monkeys. They are the only truly nocturnal group of monkeys, aided in their nighttime escapades by very large eyes. Males are known to urinate on their hands and rub tree branches to attract females through scent.

12 Comments
2024/01/21
11:50 UTC

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Grant's golden mole is a "sand swimmer". Instead of building permanent tunnels, it uses its paddle paws to burrow through sand that collapses behind it — leaving a conspicuous trail. Eyeless, it uses its massive middle ear to detect the tiny vibrations made by insects to find them.

26 Comments
2024/01/18
11:04 UTC

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If their nest is threatened, Red-capped Plovers will try several distraction methods, including feigning injury by dragging a wing to lead predators away.

8 Comments
2024/01/17
22:25 UTC

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The Indian giant squirrel is one of the largest species of squirrels, weighing up to 2kg (3-4.5 lbs)

49 Comments
2024/01/17
16:14 UTC

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