A Little Bird Told Me

“If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.”

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astronomy-to-zoology:

White-headed Woodpecker (Picoides albolarvatus)

…A species of woodpecker that is endemic to western North America, ranging from British Columbia through southern California. White-headed woodpeckers typically inhabit montane coniferous forests which are dominated by pine trees. Like other woodpeckers P. albolarvatus feeds mostly on insects and conifer seeds.

Interestingly, the subspecies P. a. gravirostris has a longer bill and tail than the other subspecies, and it is only found in the San Gabriel Mountains. The longer bill and tail are adaptations to be better able to feed on the large spiny cones of Coulter Pines (Pinus coulteri)

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Piciformes-Picidae-Picoides-P. albolarvatus

Images: Marcel Holyoak and Frank D. Lospalutto

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beastlybeings:

Thunderbirds are powerful spirits found throughout most of North America. Accounts of these beings vary depending on the people who tell of them; sometimes the thunderbird is a singular being while other times it is a species. It may be dangerous or helpful. Sometimes it can take on human form by removing its beak like a mask and live among humans for a spell, even becoming ancestors to a group of people. But there are common traits of the thunderbird. Similar in shape to the eagle, the beating of its wings creates the rolling thunder and pulls the clouds together. Lightning flashes from its eyes or beak. And these thunderbirds could influence or control the rains.

beastlybeings:

Thunderbirds are powerful spirits found throughout most of North America. Accounts of these beings vary depending on the people who tell of them; sometimes the thunderbird is a singular being while other times it is a species. It may be dangerous or helpful. Sometimes it can take on human form by removing its beak like a mask and live among humans for a spell, even becoming ancestors to a group of people. But there are common traits of the thunderbird. Similar in shape to the eagle, the beating of its wings creates the rolling thunder and pulls the clouds together. Lightning flashes from its eyes or beak. And these thunderbirds could influence or control the rains.

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floralls:

Art history meme (x) - 1/3 countries/regions - Far East Asia

Lofty Mount Lu by Shen Zhou | Blue Birds at Night by Watanabe Shotei | Pear Blossoms by Qian Xuan | Apricot Blossoms and Peacocks by Lü Ji | Plum Blossoms by Sun Long and Chen Lu | Moran Hojeopdo by Joseon | A Pair of Peacocks in Spring by Imao Keinen | Summer. Blooming wisteria and fish by Watanabe Shotei

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