African Olive Pigeon I by George Veltchev
Johannesburg, South Africa
My favourite animal tags : photos that make me say "Wow!", reptiles & birds
Quotes, interesting things, conservation related and endangered animals
I have too many tumblrs:
#~ My reptile facts tumblr
# My pets and related ramblings
# My taxidermy tumblr and my dead things diary
# Everything else & Flight Rising
# And some of my own photos
This master of disguise, or better known as an eastern screech owl, is barely visible at the entrance to a tree hole - thanks to its perfectly evolved camouflage. The owls have either rusty or dark grey intricately patterned plumage with streaking on the underparts, helping them to blend in perfectly in their woodland homes. Eastern screech owls are about six to 10-in tall and found throughout North America. These incredible pictures were taken by photographer Graham McGeorge.
Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata)
….the only other species of extant turkey alive today (Australian brush turkeys are not “true” turkeys or closely related). Ocellated turkeys occur in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and parts of Belize and Guatemala. They typically inhabit tropical deciduous and lowland evergreen forests, they are also found in seasonally flooded habitat and open areas, especially during the breeding season. During the breeding season (in spring), ocellated turkeys are often seen in clearings where males will gobble and strut to attract females. Breeding will take place from late March to mid-April and around 12 eggs are typically laid.
Like their North American cousins M. ocellata are generalists and will eat a wide variety of plant materials, insects, nuts, berries and seeds. However, chicks will feed solely on insects for their fist month. Ocellated turkeys are similar in appearance to M. gallopavo but they differ in that they have a striking iridescent green color and they lack the ‘beard’ found in wild turkeys. They are also significant smaller than their northern cousins. True to their common name their tail feathers possess ocelli (eyespots) like those found on peafowl.
Currently Meleagris ocellata is listed as Near Threatened and faces threats due to hunting and habitat destruction.
"Modernizing" This post for the season, Happy Thanksgiving!!
Crested Fireback (Lophura ignita)
…a species of pheasant that is native to lowland forests in the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Borneo and Sumatra. Like other galliformes L. ignita forages on the forest floor and will feed on plants, fruits and small invertebrates and vertebrates. True to their common name crested firebacks sport a peocock-like crest. Sexes are dimorphic with males sporting a blue, black, and orange coloration, And females sporting a brown and white coloration.
Currently Lophura ignita is listed as near threatened and faces threats from deforestation and hunting.
There is not a species of galliforme that I have seen that I have not loved / secretly hoped I could one day have one as a pet. Or a gorgeous humongous poster of on my wall xD
A red-tailed hawk who is in care at Toronto Wildlife Centre right now. She was rescued by TWC after she was spotted hopping around a dog park for days, looking very skinny and having trouble flying. X-rays revealed no internal problems, so she was able to move into a large outdoor aviary where she can practice her flying and is fattening up until she’s a healthy weight. Our veterinary team suspect that she may have been recovering from a virus, which would account for her low weight.
Learn how you can help at: http://igg.me/at/wildxrays
Blood Pheasant (Itaginis cruentus)
…a unique species of pheasant that occurs throughout India, Nepal, Bhutan and China. Blood pheasants typically inhabit coniferous or mixed forests, scrublands and areas near the snowline. Their range is dependent on the snow and with the increase of the snow they will move to lower elevations. Like other pheasants I. cruentus spends most of its time on the ground and will forage for plant material and small animals.
Currently Itaginis cruentus is listed as least concern as their populations appear to be slowly declining. It is also the state bird of the Indian state of Sikkim.
this one is stomping out a snake…
*they also have a really cool latin name
I believe the closest extant relative of the velociraptor is actually the Cassowary :)
So majestic …
Crested Guan (Penelope purpurascens)
…a large species of cracid that occurs from southern Mexico to western Ecuador and southern Venezuela. Like other cracids P. purpurascens is a social bird and is often seen in family groups of 6-12 individuals. These groups are fairly noisy and are heavy flies. Like other guans this species is arboreal and will feed almost exclusively on fruits and foliage.