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2015-06-07 10:43:10 (438 comments, 531 reshares, 4110 +1s)Open 

Bora Bora
Island in French Polynesia

Bora Bora is a small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. Surrounded by sand-fringed motus (islets) and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef, it’s known for its scuba diving. It's also a popular luxury resort destination where some guest bungalows are perched over the water on stilts. At the island's center rises 727m Mt. Otemanu, a dormant volcano.

Max length: 2.63 km
Max width: 3.81 km
Population: 8,880 (Aug 2007)
Island groups: Leeward Islands, Society Islands

Most reshares: 531

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2015-06-07 10:43:10 (438 comments, 531 reshares, 4110 +1s)Open 

Bora Bora
Island in French Polynesia

Bora Bora is a small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. Surrounded by sand-fringed motus (islets) and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef, it’s known for its scuba diving. It's also a popular luxury resort destination where some guest bungalows are perched over the water on stilts. At the island's center rises 727m Mt. Otemanu, a dormant volcano.

Max length: 2.63 km
Max width: 3.81 km
Population: 8,880 (Aug 2007)
Island groups: Leeward Islands, Society Islands

Most plusones: 4585

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2015-05-31 11:54:27 (173 comments, 420 reshares, 4585 +1s)Open 

Painted bunting
Bird

The painted bunting is a species of bird in the Cardinal family, Cardinalidae, that is native to North America. 
Scientific name: Passerina ciris
Rank: Species
Lower classifications: Eastern Painted Bunting
Higher classification: Passerina

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2015-08-01 20:51:55 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Waxwing
Bird

The waxwings form the genus Bombycilla of passerine birds. According to most authorities, this is the only genus placed in the family Bombycillidae although Phainoptila is sometimes included. The waxwing is a popular bird throughout the UK. 

Scientific name: Bombycilla
Rank: Genus
Higher classification: Songbird
Lower classifications: Japanese waxwing, Bohemian waxwing, Cedar waxwing

Waxwing
Bird

The waxwings form the genus Bombycilla of passerine birds. According to most authorities, this is the only genus placed in the family Bombycillidae although Phainoptila is sometimes included. The waxwing is a popular bird throughout the UK. 

Scientific name: Bombycilla
Rank: Genus
Higher classification: Songbird
Lower classifications: Japanese waxwing, Bohemian waxwing, Cedar waxwing___

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2015-07-31 20:47:50 (67 comments, 23 reshares, 803 +1s)Open 

Boxer  -  Have very strong jaws, and a powerful bite 
Dog Breed

The Boxer is a breed of medium-sized, short-haired dogs developed in Germany. Their coat is smooth and tight-fitting; colors are fawn or brindled, with or without white markings, which may cover the entire body, and white. Boxers are brachycephalic (they have broad, short skulls), have a square muzzle, mandibular prognathism (an underbite), very strong jaws, and a powerful bite ideal for hanging on to large prey. The Boxer was bred from the Old English Bulldog and the now extinct Bullenbeisser, and is part of the Molosser group. The Boxer is a member of the Working Group.

Boxers were first exhibited in a dog show for St. Bernards in Munich in 1895, the first Boxer club being founded the next year. Based on 2013 American Kennel Club statistics, Boxers held steady as the seventh most popular breed of dog in theUn... more »

Boxer  -  Have very strong jaws, and a powerful bite 
Dog Breed

The Boxer is a breed of medium-sized, short-haired dogs developed in Germany. Their coat is smooth and tight-fitting; colors are fawn or brindled, with or without white markings, which may cover the entire body, and white. Boxers are brachycephalic (they have broad, short skulls), have a square muzzle, mandibular prognathism (an underbite), very strong jaws, and a powerful bite ideal for hanging on to large prey. The Boxer was bred from the Old English Bulldog and the now extinct Bullenbeisser, and is part of the Molosser group. The Boxer is a member of the Working Group.

Boxers were first exhibited in a dog show for St. Bernards in Munich in 1895, the first Boxer club being founded the next year. Based on 2013 American Kennel Club statistics, Boxers held steady as the seventh most popular breed of dog in the United States for the fourth consecutive year.

Hypoallergenic: No
Life span: 10 – 12 years
Origin: Germany
Temperament: Playful, Devoted, Bright, Loyal, Energetic, Friendly, Calm, Cheerful, Confident, Fearless, Brave, Intelligent
Weight: Female: 25–27 kg, Male: 30–32 kg
Height: Female: 53–60 cm, Male: 57–63 cm___

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2015-07-30 20:41:54 (38 comments, 177 reshares, 1349 +1s)Open 

European bee-eater
Bird

The European bee-eater is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It breeds in southern Europe and in parts of north Africa and western Asia. It is strongly migratory, wintering in tropical Africa, India and Sri Lanka. This species occurs as a spring overshoot north of its range, with occasional breeding in northwest Europe.
 
Scientific name: Merops apiaster
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Merops

European bee-eater
Bird

The European bee-eater is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It breeds in southern Europe and in parts of north Africa and western Asia. It is strongly migratory, wintering in tropical Africa, India and Sri Lanka. This species occurs as a spring overshoot north of its range, with occasional breeding in northwest Europe.
 
Scientific name: Merops apiaster
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Merops___

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2015-07-28 22:39:59 (23 comments, 19 reshares, 585 +1s)Open 

Airedale Terrier
Dog Breed

The Airedale Terrier, also called Bingley Terrier and Waterside Terrier, is a dog breed of the terrier type that originated in the valley of the River Aire, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is traditionally called the "King of Terriers" because it is the largest of the terrier breeds. The Airedale was bred from a Welsh Terrier and an Otterhound and probably some other Terrier breeds, originally to hunt otters. In Britain this breed has also been used as a war dog, guide dog and police dog. 

Hypoallergenic: Yes
Life span: 10 – 12 years
Higher classification: Dog
Temperament: Outgoing, Alert, Friendly, Confident, Courageous, Intelligent
Height: Female: 56–59 cm, Male: 58–61 cm
Weight: Female: 18–20 kg, Male: 23–29 kg

Airedale Terrier
Dog Breed

The Airedale Terrier, also called Bingley Terrier and Waterside Terrier, is a dog breed of the terrier type that originated in the valley of the River Aire, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is traditionally called the "King of Terriers" because it is the largest of the terrier breeds. The Airedale was bred from a Welsh Terrier and an Otterhound and probably some other Terrier breeds, originally to hunt otters. In Britain this breed has also been used as a war dog, guide dog and police dog. 

Hypoallergenic: Yes
Life span: 10 – 12 years
Higher classification: Dog
Temperament: Outgoing, Alert, Friendly, Confident, Courageous, Intelligent
Height: Female: 56–59 cm, Male: 58–61 cm
Weight: Female: 18–20 kg, Male: 23–29 kg___

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2015-07-27 22:10:31 (276 comments, 368 reshares, 4454 +1s)Open 

Bronze-winged parrot
Bird

The bronze-winged parrot is a medium sized pionus parrot 28 cm long. It is a short-tailed stocky parrot found in forest and woodland in north-western South America. 

Scientific name: Pionus chalcopterus
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Pionus

Bronze-winged parrot
Bird

The bronze-winged parrot is a medium sized pionus parrot 28 cm long. It is a short-tailed stocky parrot found in forest and woodland in north-western South America. 

Scientific name: Pionus chalcopterus
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Pionus___

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2015-07-27 02:24:35 (23 comments, 18 reshares, 477 +1s)Open 

Basset Hound
Dog Breed

The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog of the hound family, as well as one of six recognized Basset breeds in France; furthermore, Bassets are scent hounds that were originally bred for the purpose of hunting rabbits and hare.Their sense of smell for tracking is second only to that of the Bloodhound.[1] The name Basset is derived from the French word bas, meaning "low", with the attenuating suffix -et, together meaning "rather low". Basset Hounds are usually Bicolors or Tricolors of standard hound coloration.

In this article "Basset" (with a capital B) is used to distinguish the modern breed from other basset-type dogs.

Lifespan: 11 – 12 y
Mass: 25 – 34 kg (Adult, Male)
Higher classification: Dog
Height: 30 – 38 cm (Adult, Male)
Temperament: Devoted, Gentle, Tenacious, Friendly,Sweet... more »

Basset Hound
Dog Breed

The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog of the hound family, as well as one of six recognized Basset breeds in France; furthermore, Bassets are scent hounds that were originally bred for the purpose of hunting rabbits and hare.Their sense of smell for tracking is second only to that of the Bloodhound.[1] The name Basset is derived from the French word bas, meaning "low", with the attenuating suffix -et, together meaning "rather low". Basset Hounds are usually Bicolors or Tricolors of standard hound coloration.

In this article "Basset" (with a capital B) is used to distinguish the modern breed from other basset-type dogs.

Lifespan: 11 – 12 y
Mass: 25 – 34 kg (Adult, Male)
Higher classification: Dog
Height: 30 – 38 cm (Adult, Male)
Temperament: Devoted, Gentle, Tenacious, Friendly, Sweet-Tempered, Affectionate
Origin: France, Great Britain
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2015-07-26 01:09:03 (179 comments, 343 reshares, 2954 +1s)Open 

Broad-billed hummingbird
Bird

The broad-billed hummingbird is a medium-sized hummingbird of North America. It is 9–10 cm long, and weighs approximately three to four grams. The breeding habitat is in arid scrub of the Sonoran Desert—Chihuahuan Desert ecotone and the Madrean Sky Islands in southeastern Arizona and extreme southwestern New Mexico of the Southwestern United States and northern Sonora of Northwestern Mexico.

Outside its breeding range, it will occasionally stray, from southernmost California to Texas and Louisiana.

Scientific name: Cynanthus latirostris
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Cynanthus

Broad-billed hummingbird
Bird

The broad-billed hummingbird is a medium-sized hummingbird of North America. It is 9–10 cm long, and weighs approximately three to four grams. The breeding habitat is in arid scrub of the Sonoran Desert—Chihuahuan Desert ecotone and the Madrean Sky Islands in southeastern Arizona and extreme southwestern New Mexico of the Southwestern United States and northern Sonora of Northwestern Mexico.

Outside its breeding range, it will occasionally stray, from southernmost California to Texas and Louisiana.

Scientific name: Cynanthus latirostris
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Cynanthus___

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2015-07-24 22:20:20 (29 comments, 22 reshares, 705 +1s)Open 

Bearded Collie
Dog Breed

The Bearded Collie, or Beardie, is a herding breed of dog once used primarily by Scottish shepherds, but now mostly a popular family companion. Bearded Collies have an average weight of 18–27 kilograms. Males are around 53–56 centimetres (21–22 in) tall at the withers while females are around 51–53 centimetres (20–21 in) tall.

Hypoallergenic: No
Lifespan: 12 – 14 y
Mass: 18 – 27 kg
Higher classification: Dog
Height: 53 – 56 cm (Male, At the withers)
Temperament: Lively, Alert, Self-confidence, Hardy, Active, Intelligent

Bearded Collie
Dog Breed

The Bearded Collie, or Beardie, is a herding breed of dog once used primarily by Scottish shepherds, but now mostly a popular family companion. Bearded Collies have an average weight of 18–27 kilograms. Males are around 53–56 centimetres (21–22 in) tall at the withers while females are around 51–53 centimetres (20–21 in) tall.

Hypoallergenic: No
Lifespan: 12 – 14 y
Mass: 18 – 27 kg
Higher classification: Dog
Height: 53 – 56 cm (Male, At the withers)
Temperament: Lively, Alert, Self-confidence, Hardy, Active, Intelligent___

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2015-07-23 21:51:05 (72 comments, 197 reshares, 1887 +1s)Open 

Evening grosbeak
Bird

The evening grosbeak is a passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae found in North America. The breeding habitat is coniferous and mixed forest across Canada and the western mountainous areas of the United States and Mexico. It is an extremely rare vagrant to the British Isles, with just two records so far. The nest is built on a horizontal branch or in a fork of a tree.

The migration of this bird is variable; in some winters, it may wander as far south as the southern U.S.

The evening grosbeak is similar in appearance to the Eurasian hawfinch, both being bulky, heavily built finches with large bills and short tails. The evening grosbeak ranges in length from 16 to 22 cm (6.3 to 8.7 in) and spans 30 to 36 cm (12 to 14 in) across the wings.[2][3] In a large sampling of grosbeaks in Pennsylvania during winter, males weighed from 38.7 to 86.1 g... more »

Evening grosbeak
Bird

The evening grosbeak is a passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae found in North America. The breeding habitat is coniferous and mixed forest across Canada and the western mountainous areas of the United States and Mexico. It is an extremely rare vagrant to the British Isles, with just two records so far. The nest is built on a horizontal branch or in a fork of a tree.

The migration of this bird is variable; in some winters, it may wander as far south as the southern U.S.

The evening grosbeak is similar in appearance to the Eurasian hawfinch, both being bulky, heavily built finches with large bills and short tails. The evening grosbeak ranges in length from 16 to 22 cm (6.3 to 8.7 in) and spans 30 to 36 cm (12 to 14 in) across the wings.[2][3] In a large sampling of grosbeaks in Pennsylvania during winter, males weighed from 38.7 to 86.1 g (1.37 to 3.04 oz), with an average of 60 g (2.1 oz), while females weighed from 43.2 to 73.5 g (1.52 to 2.59 oz), with an average of 58.7 g (2.07 oz).[4] Among standard measurements, the wing chord is 10.45 to 11.6 cm (4.11 to 4.57 in), the tail is 6 to 6.95 cm (2.36 to 2.74 in), the bill is 1.6 to 2 cm (0.63 to 0.79 in) and the tarsus is 1.95 to 2.2 cm (0.77 to 0.87 in). The adult has a short black tail, black wings and a large pale bill. The adult male has a bright yellow forehead and body; its head is brown and there is a large white patch in the wing. The adult female is mainly olive-brown, greyer on the underparts and with white patches in the wings.

These birds forage in trees and bushes, sometimes on the ground. They mainly eat seeds, berries, and insects. Outside of the nesting season they often feed in flocks. Sometimes, they will swallow fine gravel.

The range of this bird has expanded far to the east in historical times, possibly due to plantings of Manitoba maples and other maples and shrubs around farms and the availability of bird feeders in winter.

The International Ornithologists' Union places the evening grosbeak in the genus Hesperiphona.The species together with the hooded grosbeak are sometimes placed together with the hawfinch in the genus Coccothraustes.The name of the genus Hesperiphona was introduced by Charles Lucien Bonaparte in 1850.

Scientific name: Coccothraustes vespertinus
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Coccothraustes___

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2015-07-22 12:50:51 (185 comments, 290 reshares, 2014 +1s)Open 

Peafowl
Animal

Peafowl include two Asiatic species and one African species of bird in the genera Pavo and Afropavo of the Phasianidae family, the pheasants and their allies, known for the male's piercing call and  among the Asiatic species, his extravagant eye-spotted tail covert feathers which he displays as part of a courtship ritual. The term peacock is properly reserved for the male; the female is known as a peahen, and the immature offspring are sometimes called peachicks. These are not to be confused with chickpeas.

In common with other members of the Galliformes, peacocks possess metatarsal spurs or "thorns" on their legs used during intraspecific territorial fights.

The elaborate iridescent coloration and large "train" of peacocks have been the subject of extensive scientific debate about their function. Charles Darwin suggested they... more »

Peafowl
Animal

Peafowl include two Asiatic species and one African species of bird in the genera Pavo and Afropavo of the Phasianidae family, the pheasants and their allies, known for the male's piercing call and  among the Asiatic species, his extravagant eye-spotted tail covert feathers which he displays as part of a courtship ritual. The term peacock is properly reserved for the male; the female is known as a peahen, and the immature offspring are sometimes called peachicks. These are not to be confused with chickpeas.

In common with other members of the Galliformes, peacocks possess metatarsal spurs or "thorns" on their legs used during intraspecific territorial fights.

The elaborate iridescent coloration and large "train" of peacocks have been the subject of extensive scientific debate about their function. Charles Darwin suggested they served to attract females, and the showy features of the males had evolved by sexual selection. More recently, Amotz Zahavi proposed in his handicap theory that these features acted as honest signals of the males' fitness, since less fit males would be disadvantaged by the difficulty of surviving with such large and conspicuous structures.

Clutch size: 3 – 6 (Green peafowl), 4 – 8 (Common Peafowl)___

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2015-07-14 14:12:31 (93 comments, 103 reshares, 1760 +1s)Open 

Alaskan Malamute
Dog Breed

The Alaskan Malamute is a large breed of domestic dog originally bred for hauling heavy freight because of their strength and endurance, and later an Alaskan sled dog.hey are similar to other arctic breeds, like the Greenland dog, Canadian Eskimo Dog, the Siberian Husky and the Samoyed.

Hypoallergenic: No
Life span: 13 to 16 years
Height: 64 cm (Adult, Male)
Mass: 38 kg (Adult, Male)
Origin: United States of America
Temperament: Playful, Devoted, Loyal, Friendly, Dignified, Affectionate

Alaskan Malamute
Dog Breed

The Alaskan Malamute is a large breed of domestic dog originally bred for hauling heavy freight because of their strength and endurance, and later an Alaskan sled dog.hey are similar to other arctic breeds, like the Greenland dog, Canadian Eskimo Dog, the Siberian Husky and the Samoyed.

Hypoallergenic: No
Life span: 13 to 16 years
Height: 64 cm (Adult, Male)
Mass: 38 kg (Adult, Male)
Origin: United States of America
Temperament: Playful, Devoted, Loyal, Friendly, Dignified, Affectionate___

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2015-07-12 23:02:02 (21 comments, 50 reshares, 438 +1s)Open 

Spotted pardalote
Bird

The spotted pardalote is one of the smallest of all Australian birds at 8 to 10 cm in length, and one of the most colourful; it is sometimes known as the diamondbird.   Although moderately common in all of the reasonably fertile parts of Australia (the east coast, the south-east, and the south-west corner) it is seldom seen closely enough to enable identification.[citation needed] A distinctive subspecies, the yellow-rumped pardalote (race xanthopygus), is found in drier inland regions of southern Australia, particularly in semi-arid Mallee woodlands.

Scientific name: Pardalotus punctatus
Higher classification: Pardalote
Rank: Species

Spotted pardalote
Bird

The spotted pardalote is one of the smallest of all Australian birds at 8 to 10 cm in length, and one of the most colourful; it is sometimes known as the diamondbird.   Although moderately common in all of the reasonably fertile parts of Australia (the east coast, the south-east, and the south-west corner) it is seldom seen closely enough to enable identification.[citation needed] A distinctive subspecies, the yellow-rumped pardalote (race xanthopygus), is found in drier inland regions of southern Australia, particularly in semi-arid Mallee woodlands.

Scientific name: Pardalotus punctatus
Higher classification: Pardalote
Rank: Species___

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2015-07-10 22:15:53 (154 comments, 190 reshares, 1788 +1s)Open 

Afghan Hound
Dog Breed

The Afghan Hound is a hound that is one of the oldest dog breeds in existence. Distinguished by its thick, fine, silky coat and its tail with a ring curl at the end, the breed acquired its unique features in the cold mountains of Afghanistan Its local name is Tāžī Spay (Pashto: تاژي سپی‎) or Sag-e Tāzī (Dari Persian: سگ تازی). Other alternate names for this breed are Kuchi Hound, Tāzī, Balkh Hound, Baluchi Hound, Barutzy Hound, Shalgar Hound, Kabul Hound, Galanday Hound, or sometimes incorrectly African Hound.

Hypoallergenic: Yes
Higher classification: Dog
Lifespan: 11 – 13 y
Mass: 20 – 27 kg (Adult, Male)
Temperament: Aloof, Clownish, Happy, Dignified, Independent
Origin: Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan

Afghan Hound
Dog Breed

The Afghan Hound is a hound that is one of the oldest dog breeds in existence. Distinguished by its thick, fine, silky coat and its tail with a ring curl at the end, the breed acquired its unique features in the cold mountains of Afghanistan Its local name is Tāžī Spay (Pashto: تاژي سپی‎) or Sag-e Tāzī (Dari Persian: سگ تازی). Other alternate names for this breed are Kuchi Hound, Tāzī, Balkh Hound, Baluchi Hound, Barutzy Hound, Shalgar Hound, Kabul Hound, Galanday Hound, or sometimes incorrectly African Hound.

Hypoallergenic: Yes
Higher classification: Dog
Lifespan: 11 – 13 y
Mass: 20 – 27 kg (Adult, Male)
Temperament: Aloof, Clownish, Happy, Dignified, Independent
Origin: Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan___

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2015-07-04 20:07:31 (22 comments, 55 reshares, 495 +1s)Open 

Golden-rumped euphonia
Bird

The golden-rumped euphonia is a species of bird in the family Fringillidae, formerly placed in the ThraupidaeIt is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, and heavily degraded former forest.
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Scientific name: Euphonia cyanocephala
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Euphonia

Golden-rumped euphonia
Bird

The golden-rumped euphonia is a species of bird in the family Fringillidae, formerly placed in the ThraupidaeIt is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, and heavily degraded former forest.
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Scientific name: Euphonia cyanocephala
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Euphonia___

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2015-07-03 22:28:57 (55 comments, 80 reshares, 1131 +1s)Open 

Old English Sheepdog under the heavy bangs
Dog Breed

The Old English Sheepdog is a large breed of dog which was developed in England from early herding types of dog. The Old English Sheepdog can grow a very long coat, with fur covering the face and eyes. Obsolete names of the breed include Shepherd's Dog and bob-tailed sheep-dog.It is still nicknamed Bob-tail (or Bobtail) because historically, the tail was traditionally docked in this breed.

Hypoallergenic: No
Lifespan: 10 – 11 y
Higher classification: Dog
Temperament: Playful, Adaptable, Bubbly, Intelligent, Loving, Sociable
Height: Female: 51–56 cm, Male: 56–61 cm
Weight: Female: 27.2–36.3 kg, Male: 31.8–45.4 kg

Old English Sheepdog under the heavy bangs
Dog Breed

The Old English Sheepdog is a large breed of dog which was developed in England from early herding types of dog. The Old English Sheepdog can grow a very long coat, with fur covering the face and eyes. Obsolete names of the breed include Shepherd's Dog and bob-tailed sheep-dog.It is still nicknamed Bob-tail (or Bobtail) because historically, the tail was traditionally docked in this breed.

Hypoallergenic: No
Lifespan: 10 – 11 y
Higher classification: Dog
Temperament: Playful, Adaptable, Bubbly, Intelligent, Loving, Sociable
Height: Female: 51–56 cm, Male: 56–61 cm
Weight: Female: 27.2–36.3 kg, Male: 31.8–45.4 kg___

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2015-07-02 20:27:50 (150 comments, 461 reshares, 3747 +1s)Open 

Diamond firetail
Bird

The diamond firetail is a species of estrildid finch that is endemic to Australia. 

The diamond firetail is a finch that has a fiery red bill, eyes, and rump. Just below the throat, it has a thick black band that extends horizontally until it reaches the lower part of the wings which are also black with white spots. There is also a black eye band that starts at the beak and ends right at the eye. The bird's tail is also black. The rest of the wings are a slightly tan, light brown colour. Its head and back is light grey and its belly and chin are white. The colour of the egg is also white. This bird is considered one of the smallest of the finches
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Scientific name: Stagonopleura guttata
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Stagonopleura

Diamond firetail
Bird

The diamond firetail is a species of estrildid finch that is endemic to Australia. 

The diamond firetail is a finch that has a fiery red bill, eyes, and rump. Just below the throat, it has a thick black band that extends horizontally until it reaches the lower part of the wings which are also black with white spots. There is also a black eye band that starts at the beak and ends right at the eye. The bird's tail is also black. The rest of the wings are a slightly tan, light brown colour. Its head and back is light grey and its belly and chin are white. The colour of the egg is also white. This bird is considered one of the smallest of the finches
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Scientific name: Stagonopleura guttata
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Stagonopleura___

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2015-07-01 22:26:12 (209 comments, 156 reshares, 2552 +1s)Open 

Pit bull  with beautiful markings
Dog Breed

Pit bull is the common name for a type of dog. Formal breeds often considered of the pit bull type include the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. he American Bulldog and Bull Terrier (standard and miniature) are also sometimes included. Many of these breeds were originally developed as fighting dogs from cross breeding bull-baiting dogs (used to hold the faces and heads of larger animals such as bulls) and terriers. After the use of dogs in blood sports was banned, such dogs were used as catch dogs in the United States for semi-wild cattle and hogs, to hunt and drive livestock, and as family companions, although some owners still bred and used them for illegal dog fighting.This practice continues to this day, but is illegal in many nations.

The term pit bull is often used loosely... more »

Pit bull  with beautiful markings
Dog Breed

Pit bull is the common name for a type of dog. Formal breeds often considered of the pit bull type include the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. he American Bulldog and Bull Terrier (standard and miniature) are also sometimes included. Many of these breeds were originally developed as fighting dogs from cross breeding bull-baiting dogs (used to hold the faces and heads of larger animals such as bulls) and terriers. After the use of dogs in blood sports was banned, such dogs were used as catch dogs in the United States for semi-wild cattle and hogs, to hunt and drive livestock, and as family companions, although some owners still bred and used them for illegal dog fighting.This practice continues to this day, but is illegal in many nations.

The term pit bull is often used loosely to describe dogs with similar physical characteristics, and the morphological (physical) variation amongst "bully breed" dogs makes it difficult for anyone, even experts, to visually identify them as distinct from "non-pit bulls". While mixed breed dogs are often labeled as "pit bulls" if they have certain physical characteristics such as a square shaped head or bulky body type] visual identification of mixed breed dogs is not recommended by the scholarly community
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Scientific name: Canis lupus familiaris
Higher classification: Gray wolf
Rank: Breed___

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2015-06-30 20:45:01 (77 comments, 236 reshares, 2215 +1s)Open 

Rufous-backed kingfisher
Bird

The rufous-backed kingfisher is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is found in Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand in tropical lowland forests near lakeshores and streamsides. The small bird is solitary and hunts from a low perch over the water by diving for insects and frogs. It is sometimes considered a subspecies of the Oriental dwarf kingfisher.

Scientific name: Ceyx rufidorsa
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Ceyx

Rufous-backed kingfisher
Bird

The rufous-backed kingfisher is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is found in Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand in tropical lowland forests near lakeshores and streamsides. The small bird is solitary and hunts from a low perch over the water by diving for insects and frogs. It is sometimes considered a subspecies of the Oriental dwarf kingfisher.

Scientific name: Ceyx rufidorsa
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Ceyx___

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2015-06-29 14:50:23 (50 comments, 42 reshares, 917 +1s)Open 

Bichon Frise
Dog Breed

A Bichon Frisé, is a small breed of dog of the Bichon type. The Bichon Frise is a member of the Non-Sporting Group of dog breeds in the US, and a member of the Toy Dog group in the UK. 

Hypoallergenic: Yes
Lifespan: 12 – 13 y
Mass: 5 – 10 kg (Adult)
Higher classification: Dog
Height: 23 – 30 cm (Adult, At the withers)
Temperament: Playful, Feisty, Gentle, Cheerful, Affectionate, Sensitive

Bichon Frise
Dog Breed

A Bichon Frisé, is a small breed of dog of the Bichon type. The Bichon Frise is a member of the Non-Sporting Group of dog breeds in the US, and a member of the Toy Dog group in the UK. 

Hypoallergenic: Yes
Lifespan: 12 – 13 y
Mass: 5 – 10 kg (Adult)
Higher classification: Dog
Height: 23 – 30 cm (Adult, At the withers)
Temperament: Playful, Feisty, Gentle, Cheerful, Affectionate, Sensitive___

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2015-06-26 19:57:53 (119 comments, 313 reshares, 3116 +1s)Open 

Striped manakin
Bird

The striped manakin is a small South American species of bird in the Pipridae family. Its distribution is highly disjunct: The nominate subspecies is found in Atlantic Forest in eastern Brazil, while ... the striolatus group is found in forests in western Brazil, northeastern Peru, eastern Ecuador, Colombia, and western and southern Venezuela. Males of the former group have redder underparts than males of the latter, and the two are sometimes treated as separate species, the eastern striped manakin (M. regulus) and the western striped manakin (M. striolatus). In both, the males have a bright red crown, which the female lack.

Like many other manakins, the males cluster in a leks to attract females. After mating, the females rear the chicks on without the help of the males.

Scientific name: Machaeropterus regulus
Rank: Species
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Striped manakin
Bird

The striped manakin is a small South American species of bird in the Pipridae family. Its distribution is highly disjunct: The nominate subspecies is found in Atlantic Forest in eastern Brazil, while ... the striolatus group is found in forests in western Brazil, northeastern Peru, eastern Ecuador, Colombia, and western and southern Venezuela. Males of the former group have redder underparts than males of the latter, and the two are sometimes treated as separate species, the eastern striped manakin (M. regulus) and the western striped manakin (M. striolatus). In both, the males have a bright red crown, which the female lack.

Like many other manakins, the males cluster in a leks to attract females. After mating, the females rear the chicks on without the help of the males.

Scientific name: Machaeropterus regulus
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Machaeropterus___

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2015-06-22 22:45:27 (24 comments, 79 reshares, 657 +1s)Open 

Yellow-fronted woodpecker
Bird

The yellow-fronted woodpecker is a species of bird in the Picidae family. It is found in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forest. 

Scientific name: Melanerpes flavifrons
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Melanerpes

Yellow-fronted woodpecker
Bird

The yellow-fronted woodpecker is a species of bird in the Picidae family. It is found in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forest. 

Scientific name: Melanerpes flavifrons
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Melanerpes___

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2015-06-21 22:25:25 (184 comments, 135 reshares, 2962 +1s)Open 

Affenpinscher  - " Monkey Dog " 
Dog Breed

The affenpinscher, also known as the African terrier or Monkey Dog, is a terrier-like toy breed of dog. 

Hypoallergenic: Yes
Higher classification: Dog
Lifespan: 11 – 14 y
Mass: 2.9 – 6 kg (Adult)
Height: 23 – 30 cm (Adult, At the withers)
Temperament: Playful, Adventurous, Fun-loving, Curious, Stubborn, Active

Affenpinscher  - " Monkey Dog " 
Dog Breed

The affenpinscher, also known as the African terrier or Monkey Dog, is a terrier-like toy breed of dog. 

Hypoallergenic: Yes
Higher classification: Dog
Lifespan: 11 – 14 y
Mass: 2.9 – 6 kg (Adult)
Height: 23 – 30 cm (Adult, At the withers)
Temperament: Playful, Adventurous, Fun-loving, Curious, Stubborn, Active___

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2015-06-20 21:46:49 (106 comments, 289 reshares, 3224 +1s)Open 

Greater blue-eared glossy- starling
Bird

The greater blue-eared starling or greater blue-eared glossy-starling is a bird that breeds from Senegal east to Ethiopia and south through eastern Africa to northeastern South Africa and Angola. It is a very common species of open woodland bird, and undertakes some seasonal migration.

Scientific name: Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Lamprotornis

Greater blue-eared glossy- starling
Bird

The greater blue-eared starling or greater blue-eared glossy-starling is a bird that breeds from Senegal east to Ethiopia and south through eastern Africa to northeastern South Africa and Angola. It is a very common species of open woodland bird, and undertakes some seasonal migration.

Scientific name: Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Lamprotornis___

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2015-06-19 00:19:53 (138 comments, 468 reshares, 4275 +1s)Open 

Azure-winged magpie
Bird

The azure-winged magpie is a bird in the crow family. It is 31–35 cm long and similar in overall shape to the Eurasian magpie but is more slender with proportionately smaller legs and bill. It belongs to the genus Cyanopica.

It has a glossy black top to the head and a white throat. The underparts and the back are a light grey-fawn in colour with the wings and the feathers of the long (16–20 cm) tail are an azure blue. It inhabits various types of coniferous (mainly pine) and broadleaf forest, including parks and gardens in the eastern populations.

Scientific name: Cyanopica cyanus
Rank: Species

Azure-winged magpie
Bird

The azure-winged magpie is a bird in the crow family. It is 31–35 cm long and similar in overall shape to the Eurasian magpie but is more slender with proportionately smaller legs and bill. It belongs to the genus Cyanopica.

It has a glossy black top to the head and a white throat. The underparts and the back are a light grey-fawn in colour with the wings and the feathers of the long (16–20 cm) tail are an azure blue. It inhabits various types of coniferous (mainly pine) and broadleaf forest, including parks and gardens in the eastern populations.

Scientific name: Cyanopica cyanus
Rank: Species___

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2015-06-17 00:49:00 (55 comments, 45 reshares, 1247 +1s)Open 

Dalmatian
Dog Breed

The Dalmatian is a large breed of dog noted for its unique black or liver spotted coat and was mainly used as a carriage dog in its early days. Its roots trace back to Croatia and its historical region of Dalmatia.Today, this dog remains a well-loved family pet, and many dog enthusiasts enter their pets into kennel club competitions.
 
Hypoallergenic: No
Lifespan: 11 – 13 y
Mass: 15 – 32 kg (Adult, Male)
Height: 53 – 66 cm (Adult, Male)
Temperament: Outgoing, Playful, Energetic, Friendly, Active, Intelligent, Sensitive
Origin: Greece, Croatia

Dalmatian
Dog Breed

The Dalmatian is a large breed of dog noted for its unique black or liver spotted coat and was mainly used as a carriage dog in its early days. Its roots trace back to Croatia and its historical region of Dalmatia.Today, this dog remains a well-loved family pet, and many dog enthusiasts enter their pets into kennel club competitions.
 
Hypoallergenic: No
Lifespan: 11 – 13 y
Mass: 15 – 32 kg (Adult, Male)
Height: 53 – 66 cm (Adult, Male)
Temperament: Outgoing, Playful, Energetic, Friendly, Active, Intelligent, Sensitive
Origin: Greece, Croatia___

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2015-06-15 23:33:46 (42 comments, 97 reshares, 1408 +1s)Open 

Splendid fairywren
Bird

The splendid fairywren, also known simply as the splendid wren or more colloquially in Western Australia as the blue wren, is a passerine bird of the Maluridae family. It is found across much of the Australian continent from central-western New South Wales and southwestern Queensland over to coastal Western Australia. It inhabits predominantly arid and semi-arid regions. Exhibiting a high degree of sexual dimorphism, the male in breeding plumage is a small, long-tailed bird of predominantly bright blue and black colouration. Non-breeding males, females and juveniles are predominantly grey-brown in colour; this gave the early impression that males were polygamous as all dull-coloured birds were taken for females. It comprises several similar all-blue and black subspecies that were originally considered separate species.

Like other fairywrens, the splendid... more »

Splendid fairywren
Bird

The splendid fairywren, also known simply as the splendid wren or more colloquially in Western Australia as the blue wren, is a passerine bird of the Maluridae family. It is found across much of the Australian continent from central-western New South Wales and southwestern Queensland over to coastal Western Australia. It inhabits predominantly arid and semi-arid regions. Exhibiting a high degree of sexual dimorphism, the male in breeding plumage is a small, long-tailed bird of predominantly bright blue and black colouration. Non-breeding males, females and juveniles are predominantly grey-brown in colour; this gave the early impression that males were polygamous as all dull-coloured birds were taken for females. It comprises several similar all-blue and black subspecies that were originally considered separate species.

Like other fairywrens, the splendid fairywren is notable for several peculiar behavioural characteristics; birds are socially monogamous and sexually promiscuous, meaning that although they form pairs between one male and one female, each partner will mate with other individuals and even assist in raising the young from such trysts.Male wrens pluck pink or purple petals and display them to females as part of a courtship display.

The habitat of the splendid fairywren ranges from forest to dry scrub, generally with ample vegetation for shelter. Unlike the eastern superb fairywren, it has not adapted well to human occupation of the landscape and has disappeared from some urbanised areas. The splendid fairywren mainly eats insects and supplements its diet with seeds.

Scientific name: Malurus splendens
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Malurus___

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2015-06-12 21:04:39 (71 comments, 205 reshares, 1880 +1s)Open 

Reddish Egret
Bird

The reddish egret is a medium-sized heron. It is a resident breeder in Central America, The Bahamas, the Caribbean, the Gulf Coast of the United States, and Mexico. There is post-breeding dispersal to well north of the nesting range. In the past, this bird was a victim of the plume trade.

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, there are only 1,500 to 2,000 nesting pairs of reddish egrets in the United States — and most of these are in Texas.[3] They are classified as "threatened" in Texas and receive special protection.

Scientific name: Egretta rufescens
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Egretta

Reddish Egret
Bird

The reddish egret is a medium-sized heron. It is a resident breeder in Central America, The Bahamas, the Caribbean, the Gulf Coast of the United States, and Mexico. There is post-breeding dispersal to well north of the nesting range. In the past, this bird was a victim of the plume trade.

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, there are only 1,500 to 2,000 nesting pairs of reddish egrets in the United States — and most of these are in Texas.[3] They are classified as "threatened" in Texas and receive special protection.

Scientific name: Egretta rufescens
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Egretta___

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2015-06-11 20:48:14 (101 comments, 320 reshares, 3673 +1s)Open 

Red avadavat
Bird

The red avadavat, red munia or strawberry finch is a sparrow-sized bird of the Estrildidae family. It is found in the open fields and grasslands of tropical Asia and is popular as a cage bird due to the colourful plumage of the males in their breeding season. It breeds in the Indian Subcontinent in the monsoon season. The species name of amandava and the common name of avadavat are derived from the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India, from where these birds were exported into the pet trade in former times.
 
Scientific name: Amandava amandava
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Amandava

Red avadavat
Bird

The red avadavat, red munia or strawberry finch is a sparrow-sized bird of the Estrildidae family. It is found in the open fields and grasslands of tropical Asia and is popular as a cage bird due to the colourful plumage of the males in their breeding season. It breeds in the Indian Subcontinent in the monsoon season. The species name of amandava and the common name of avadavat are derived from the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India, from where these birds were exported into the pet trade in former times.
 
Scientific name: Amandava amandava
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Amandava___

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2015-06-11 02:04:28 (176 comments, 156 reshares, 3422 +1s)Open 

Siberian Husky Puppy  on snow
Dog Breed

The Siberian Husky is a medium size, dense-coat working dog breed that originated in north-eastern Siberia. The breed belongs to the Spitz genetic family. It is recognizable by its thickly furred double coat, erect triangular ears, and distinctive markings.

Huskies are a very active, energetic, and resilient breed whose ancestors came from the extremely cold and harsh environment of the Siberian Arctic. Siberian Huskies were bred by the Chukchi of Northeastern Asia to pull heavy loads long distances through difficult conditions. The dogs were imported into Alaska during the Nome Gold Rush and later spread into the United States and Canada. They were initially sent to Alaska and Canada as sled dogs but rapidly acquired the status of family pets and show dogs.

Lifespan: 12 – 15 y
Higher classification: Dog
Origin:Si... more »

Siberian Husky Puppy  on snow
Dog Breed

The Siberian Husky is a medium size, dense-coat working dog breed that originated in north-eastern Siberia. The breed belongs to the Spitz genetic family. It is recognizable by its thickly furred double coat, erect triangular ears, and distinctive markings.

Huskies are a very active, energetic, and resilient breed whose ancestors came from the extremely cold and harsh environment of the Siberian Arctic. Siberian Huskies were bred by the Chukchi of Northeastern Asia to pull heavy loads long distances through difficult conditions. The dogs were imported into Alaska during the Nome Gold Rush and later spread into the United States and Canada. They were initially sent to Alaska and Canada as sled dogs but rapidly acquired the status of family pets and show dogs.

Lifespan: 12 – 15 y
Higher classification: Dog
Origin: Siberia
Height: 53 – 60 cm (Adult, Male)
Mass: 20 – 27 kg (Adult, Male)
Temperament: Outgoing, Alert, Gentle, Friendly, Intelligent___

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2015-06-09 06:41:12 (51 comments, 206 reshares, 2382 +1s)Open 

Yellow-Crowned Gonolek
Bird

The yellow-crowned gonolek, also known as the common gonolek, is a medium-sized passerine bird in the bushshrike family. It is a common resident breeding bird in equatorial Africa from Senegal and Democratic Republic of Congo east to Ethiopia. It frequents dense undergrowth in forests and other wooded habitats. It is not as extremely shy as some other bushshrikes, and can sometimes be seen on watered hotel lawns. The nest is a cup structure in a bush or tree into which two eggs are laid.

The yellow-crowned gonolek is 22 cm long with a long tail and short wings. The adult is a stunning bird, although easily overlooked as it lurks in undergrowth. It has solidly black upper parts apart from its golden crown, and scarlet underparts other than a buff-yellow undertail. The legs are dark. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are paler and duller.

This... more »

Yellow-Crowned Gonolek
Bird

The yellow-crowned gonolek, also known as the common gonolek, is a medium-sized passerine bird in the bushshrike family. It is a common resident breeding bird in equatorial Africa from Senegal and Democratic Republic of Congo east to Ethiopia. It frequents dense undergrowth in forests and other wooded habitats. It is not as extremely shy as some other bushshrikes, and can sometimes be seen on watered hotel lawns. The nest is a cup structure in a bush or tree into which two eggs are laid.

The yellow-crowned gonolek is 22 cm long with a long tail and short wings. The adult is a stunning bird, although easily overlooked as it lurks in undergrowth. It has solidly black upper parts apart from its golden crown, and scarlet underparts other than a buff-yellow undertail. The legs are dark. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are paler and duller.

This species has duetted calls, with a fluted too-lioo overlapped by a rattling ch-chacha.

The yellow-crowned gonolek feeds on insects located in bushes or on the ground.

Scientific name: Laniarius barbarus
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Laniarius___

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2015-06-08 22:44:30 (15 comments, 91 reshares, 905 +1s)Open 

Natural beauty of the Maldives

Maldives is very famous for its natural beauty which includes the blue ocean and white beaches, accompanied by clean air and pleasant temperatures. The climate of the Maldives is ideal for visitors to get engaged in water sports such as swimming, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, water-skiing. windsurfing and kite boarding.

The natural beauty of Maldives attracts tourist all over the world and every year, a large number of people visit this lovely place for many good reasons. So its tourism industry is today Maldives largest revenue generator.

Due to its extraordinary underwater scenery and clean water, Maldives is ranked among the best recreational diving destinations of the world. It was also reported to be the world's top honeymoon destination, according to a global survey by Agoda.com.

Natural beauty of the Maldives

Maldives is very famous for its natural beauty which includes the blue ocean and white beaches, accompanied by clean air and pleasant temperatures. The climate of the Maldives is ideal for visitors to get engaged in water sports such as swimming, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, water-skiing. windsurfing and kite boarding.

The natural beauty of Maldives attracts tourist all over the world and every year, a large number of people visit this lovely place for many good reasons. So its tourism industry is today Maldives largest revenue generator.

Due to its extraordinary underwater scenery and clean water, Maldives is ranked among the best recreational diving destinations of the world. It was also reported to be the world's top honeymoon destination, according to a global survey by Agoda.com.___

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2015-06-08 11:04:27 (50 comments, 131 reshares, 1547 +1s)Open 

Many-Coloured Rush Tyrant
Bird

The many-coloured rush tyrant is a small passerine bird of South America belonging to the tyrant flycatcher family. It is the only member of the genus Tachuris and its relationships with the other members of the family are uncertain. It inhabits marshland and reedbeds around lakes and rivers. It is particularly associated with stands of Scirpus. The nest is built among plant stems.

Scientific name: Tachuris rubrigastra
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Tachuris

Many-Coloured Rush Tyrant
Bird

The many-coloured rush tyrant is a small passerine bird of South America belonging to the tyrant flycatcher family. It is the only member of the genus Tachuris and its relationships with the other members of the family are uncertain. It inhabits marshland and reedbeds around lakes and rivers. It is particularly associated with stands of Scirpus. The nest is built among plant stems.

Scientific name: Tachuris rubrigastra
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Tachuris___

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2015-06-07 21:42:34 (22 comments, 76 reshares, 983 +1s)Open 

Pink robin
Bird

The pink robin is a small passerine bird native to southeastern Australia. Its natural habitats are temperate forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. Like many brightly coloured robins of the family Petroicidae, it is sexually dimorphic. Measuring 13.5 cm (5.3 in) in length, the robin has a small thin black bill, and dark brown eyes and legs. The male has a distinctive white crown and pink breast, grey-black upperparts, wings and tail. The belly is white. The female has grey-brown plumage. The position of the pink robin and its Australian relatives on the passerine family tree is unclear; the Petroicidae are not closely related to either the European or American robins but appear to be an early offshoot of the Passerida group of songbirds.

Scientific name: Petroica rodinogaster
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Petroica

Pink robin
Bird

The pink robin is a small passerine bird native to southeastern Australia. Its natural habitats are temperate forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. Like many brightly coloured robins of the family Petroicidae, it is sexually dimorphic. Measuring 13.5 cm (5.3 in) in length, the robin has a small thin black bill, and dark brown eyes and legs. The male has a distinctive white crown and pink breast, grey-black upperparts, wings and tail. The belly is white. The female has grey-brown plumage. The position of the pink robin and its Australian relatives on the passerine family tree is unclear; the Petroicidae are not closely related to either the European or American robins but appear to be an early offshoot of the Passerida group of songbirds.

Scientific name: Petroica rodinogaster
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Petroica___

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2015-06-07 10:43:10 (438 comments, 531 reshares, 4110 +1s)Open 

Bora Bora
Island in French Polynesia

Bora Bora is a small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. Surrounded by sand-fringed motus (islets) and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef, it’s known for its scuba diving. It's also a popular luxury resort destination where some guest bungalows are perched over the water on stilts. At the island's center rises 727m Mt. Otemanu, a dormant volcano.

Max length: 2.63 km
Max width: 3.81 km
Population: 8,880 (Aug 2007)
Island groups: Leeward Islands, Society Islands

Bora Bora
Island in French Polynesia

Bora Bora is a small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. Surrounded by sand-fringed motus (islets) and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef, it’s known for its scuba diving. It's also a popular luxury resort destination where some guest bungalows are perched over the water on stilts. At the island's center rises 727m Mt. Otemanu, a dormant volcano.

Max length: 2.63 km
Max width: 3.81 km
Population: 8,880 (Aug 2007)
Island groups: Leeward Islands, Society Islands___

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2015-06-06 18:49:50 (82 comments, 227 reshares, 1984 +1s)Open 

Green Magpie
Bird

The green magpie is a member of the crow family, roughly about the size of the Eurasian jay or slightly smaller. It is a vivid green in colour, slightly lighter on the underside and has a thick black stripe from the bill to the nape. Compared to the other members of its genus, the white-tipped tail is quite long. This all contrasts vividly with the red fleshy eye rims, bill and legs. The wings are reddish maroon.

It is found from the lower Himalayas in north eastern India in a broad south easterly band down into central Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra and northwestern Borneo in evergreen forest (including bamboo forest), clearings and scrub.

This bird seeks food both on the ground and in trees, and takes a very high percentage of animal prey from countless invertebrates, small reptiles, mammals and young birds and eggs. It will also take flesh from a... more »

Green Magpie
Bird

The green magpie is a member of the crow family, roughly about the size of the Eurasian jay or slightly smaller. It is a vivid green in colour, slightly lighter on the underside and has a thick black stripe from the bill to the nape. Compared to the other members of its genus, the white-tipped tail is quite long. This all contrasts vividly with the red fleshy eye rims, bill and legs. The wings are reddish maroon.

It is found from the lower Himalayas in north eastern India in a broad south easterly band down into central Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra and northwestern Borneo in evergreen forest (including bamboo forest), clearings and scrub.

This bird seeks food both on the ground and in trees, and takes a very high percentage of animal prey from countless invertebrates, small reptiles, mammals and young birds and eggs. It will also take flesh from a recently killed carcass.

The nest is built in trees, large shrubs and often in tangles of various climbing vines. There are usually 4–6 eggs laid.

The voice is quite varied but often a harsh peep-peep. It also frequently whistles and chatters.

Scientific name: Cissa chinensis
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Cissa___

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2015-06-05 20:27:24 (67 comments, 213 reshares, 2091 +1s)Open 

Lilac-breasted roller
Bird

The lilac-breasted roller is a member bird of the roller family of birds. It is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula, preferring open woodland and savanna; it is largely absent from treeless places. Usually found alone or in pairs, it perches conspicuously at the tops of trees, poles or other high vantage points from where it can spot insects, lizards, scorpions, snails, small birds and rodents moving about at ground level. Nesting takes place in a natural hole in a tree where a clutch of 2–4 eggs is laid, and incubated by both parents, who are extremely aggressive in defence of their nest, taking on raptors and other birds. During the breeding season the male will rise to great heights, descending in swoops and dives, while uttering harsh, discordant cries.The sexes are alike in coloration. Juveniles do not have the longt... more »

Lilac-breasted roller
Bird

The lilac-breasted roller is a member bird of the roller family of birds. It is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula, preferring open woodland and savanna; it is largely absent from treeless places. Usually found alone or in pairs, it perches conspicuously at the tops of trees, poles or other high vantage points from where it can spot insects, lizards, scorpions, snails, small birds and rodents moving about at ground level. Nesting takes place in a natural hole in a tree where a clutch of 2–4 eggs is laid, and incubated by both parents, who are extremely aggressive in defence of their nest, taking on raptors and other birds. During the breeding season the male will rise to great heights, descending in swoops and dives, while uttering harsh, discordant cries.The sexes are alike in coloration. Juveniles do not have the long tail feathers that adults do.This species is the national bird of Botswana and Kenya.

Scientific name: Coracias caudatus
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Coracias___

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2015-06-05 15:13:57 (19 comments, 43 reshares, 189 +1s)Open 

A  Rose For EVERYONE  ... I Just Wanna Say ☽☆♡✯ Good night my very special  G+ FRIENDS ✯♡☆☾  .... Hope this rose will  be exact for everybody...have a good day to all !!!  ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz!!!  sleeping time here . Good night!!! and God bless you all, * :* :*❤

A  Rose For EVERYONE  ... I Just Wanna Say ☽☆♡✯ Good night my very special  G+ FRIENDS ✯♡☆☾  .... Hope this rose will  be exact for everybody...have a good day to all !!!  ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz!!!  sleeping time here . Good night!!! and God bless you all, * :* :*❤___

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2015-06-04 19:57:18 (74 comments, 251 reshares, 2623 +1s)Open 

Ivory-billed woodpecker
Bird

The ivory-billed woodpecker is one of the largest woodpeckers in the world, at roughly 20 inches in length and 30 inches in wingspan. It was native to the virgin forests of the southeastern United States. (along with a separate subspecies native to Cuba). Due to habitat destruction, and to a lesser extent hunting, its numbers have dwindled to the point where it is uncertain whether any remain, though there have been reports that it has been seen again. Almost no forests today can maintain an ivory-billed woodpecker population.

Scientific name: Campephilus principalis
Rank: Species
Lower classifications: Cuban ivory-billed woodpecker
Higher classification: Campephilus

Ivory-billed woodpecker
Bird

The ivory-billed woodpecker is one of the largest woodpeckers in the world, at roughly 20 inches in length and 30 inches in wingspan. It was native to the virgin forests of the southeastern United States. (along with a separate subspecies native to Cuba). Due to habitat destruction, and to a lesser extent hunting, its numbers have dwindled to the point where it is uncertain whether any remain, though there have been reports that it has been seen again. Almost no forests today can maintain an ivory-billed woodpecker population.

Scientific name: Campephilus principalis
Rank: Species
Lower classifications: Cuban ivory-billed woodpecker
Higher classification: Campephilus___

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2015-06-03 21:54:10 (58 comments, 181 reshares, 1889 +1s)Open 

Indian roller
Bird

The Indian roller, is a member of the roller family of birds. They are found widely across tropical Asia stretching from Iraq eastward across the Indian Subcontinent to Indochina and are best known for the aerobatic displays of the male during the breeding season. They are very commonly seen perched along roadside trees and wires and are commonly seen in open grassland and scrub forest habitats. It is not migratory, but undertakes some seasonal movements. The largest populations of the species are within India, and Several states in India have chosen it as their state bird.

Scientific name: Coracias benghalensis
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Coracias

Indian roller
Bird

The Indian roller, is a member of the roller family of birds. They are found widely across tropical Asia stretching from Iraq eastward across the Indian Subcontinent to Indochina and are best known for the aerobatic displays of the male during the breeding season. They are very commonly seen perched along roadside trees and wires and are commonly seen in open grassland and scrub forest habitats. It is not migratory, but undertakes some seasonal movements. The largest populations of the species are within India, and Several states in India have chosen it as their state bird.

Scientific name: Coracias benghalensis
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Coracias___

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2015-06-03 21:19:31 (14 comments, 42 reshares, 366 +1s)Open 

Pharaoh Hound (up to $6,500 )
Dog breed

Expensive Dog Breeds. Despite its impressive name, the Pharaoh Hound is not an Egyptian dog breed. The national dog of Malta, the Pharaoh Hound has a lot going for him, starting with its very royal look, its athletic disposition, and its high intelligence. Plus, the Pharaoh Hound has something that makes him unique: their noses and ears can blush when they’re extremely happy or excited.

Pharaoh Hounds have very short, reddish coats and paw-pads, whiskers and noses that match that tone. While they can reach a weight of up to 55 lbs., many are smaller and slimmer. Females can be as short as 21 inches high, while males can reach a height of up to 25 inches. Stubborn and independent, these dogs can be a challenge to train, but they do well in competition obedience if you manage to crack their tough exterior.

Pharaoh Hound (up to $6,500 )
Dog breed

Expensive Dog Breeds. Despite its impressive name, the Pharaoh Hound is not an Egyptian dog breed. The national dog of Malta, the Pharaoh Hound has a lot going for him, starting with its very royal look, its athletic disposition, and its high intelligence. Plus, the Pharaoh Hound has something that makes him unique: their noses and ears can blush when they’re extremely happy or excited.

Pharaoh Hounds have very short, reddish coats and paw-pads, whiskers and noses that match that tone. While they can reach a weight of up to 55 lbs., many are smaller and slimmer. Females can be as short as 21 inches high, while males can reach a height of up to 25 inches. Stubborn and independent, these dogs can be a challenge to train, but they do well in competition obedience if you manage to crack their tough exterior.___

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2015-06-02 23:26:23 (112 comments, 350 reshares, 4053 +1s)Open 

Asian Golden Weaver Male
Bird

The Asian golden weaver (Ploceus hypoxanthus) is a species of bird in the Ploceidae family. It is found in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, swamps, and arable land. It is threatened by habitat loss.

Asian Golden Weaver Male
Bird

The Asian golden weaver (Ploceus hypoxanthus) is a species of bird in the Ploceidae family. It is found in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, swamps, and arable land. It is threatened by habitat loss.___

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2015-06-02 20:19:08 (34 comments, 51 reshares, 629 +1s)Open 

Dachshund
Dog Breed

The dachshund is a short-legged, long-bodied dog breed belonging to the hound family. The standard size dachshund was bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals, while the miniature dachshund was developed to hunt smaller prey such as rabbits. In the American West they have also been used to hunt prairie dogs. Today, they are bred for conformation shows and as family pets. Some dachshunds participate in earthdog trials. According to the AKC, the dachshund continues to remain one of the top 10 dog breeds in the United States of America.

Hypoallergenic: No
Lifespan: 13 y
Mass: 7.3 – 15 kg (Standard Size)
Higher classification: Dog
Origin: Germany
Temperament: Lively, Playful, Devoted, Clever, Stubborn, Courageous

Dachshund
Dog Breed

The dachshund is a short-legged, long-bodied dog breed belonging to the hound family. The standard size dachshund was bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals, while the miniature dachshund was developed to hunt smaller prey such as rabbits. In the American West they have also been used to hunt prairie dogs. Today, they are bred for conformation shows and as family pets. Some dachshunds participate in earthdog trials. According to the AKC, the dachshund continues to remain one of the top 10 dog breeds in the United States of America.

Hypoallergenic: No
Lifespan: 13 y
Mass: 7.3 – 15 kg (Standard Size)
Higher classification: Dog
Origin: Germany
Temperament: Lively, Playful, Devoted, Clever, Stubborn, Courageous___

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2015-06-02 02:06:57 (14 comments, 65 reshares, 589 +1s)Open 

Diederik cuckoo
Bird

The diederik cuckoo, formerly dideric cuckoo or didric cuckoo, and sometimes called Diederik's cuckoo, is a member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes, which also includes the roadrunners, the anis, and the hoatzin. 
Scientific name: Chrysococcyx caprius
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Chrysococcyx

Diederik cuckoo
Bird

The diederik cuckoo, formerly dideric cuckoo or didric cuckoo, and sometimes called Diederik's cuckoo, is a member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes, which also includes the roadrunners, the anis, and the hoatzin. 
Scientific name: Chrysococcyx caprius
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Chrysococcyx___

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2015-05-31 22:10:24 (5 comments, 51 reshares, 374 +1s)Open 

Beautiful Channel Billed Toucan with baby.

Beautiful Channel Billed Toucan with baby.___

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2015-05-31 11:54:27 (173 comments, 420 reshares, 4585 +1s)Open 

Painted bunting
Bird

The painted bunting is a species of bird in the Cardinal family, Cardinalidae, that is native to North America. 
Scientific name: Passerina ciris
Rank: Species
Lower classifications: Eastern Painted Bunting
Higher classification: Passerina

Painted bunting
Bird

The painted bunting is a species of bird in the Cardinal family, Cardinalidae, that is native to North America. 
Scientific name: Passerina ciris
Rank: Species
Lower classifications: Eastern Painted Bunting
Higher classification: Passerina___

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2015-05-20 19:59:08 (162 comments, 171 reshares, 3532 +1s)Open 

Yorkshire Terrier ♥
Dog Breed

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type, developed in the 19th century in the county of Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills, also used for rat-baiting. 
Hypoallergenic: Yes
Lifespan: 13 y (Adult)
Higher classification: Dog
Height: 17 cm (Adult, Male)
Origin: England
Temperament: B

Yorkshire Terrier ♥
Dog Breed

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type, developed in the 19th century in the county of Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills, also used for rat-baiting. 
Hypoallergenic: Yes
Lifespan: 13 y (Adult)
Higher classification: Dog
Height: 17 cm (Adult, Male)
Origin: England
Temperament: B___

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2015-05-19 19:12:44 (34 comments, 116 reshares, 837 +1s)Open 

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

The Asian paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) is a medium-sized passerine bird native to Asia. Males have elongated central tail feathers, and in some populations a black and rufous plumage while others have white plumage. Females are short-tailed with rufous wings and a black head. They feed on insects, which they capture in the air often below a densely canopied tree.

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

The Asian paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) is a medium-sized passerine bird native to Asia. Males have elongated central tail feathers, and in some populations a black and rufous plumage while others have white plumage. Females are short-tailed with rufous wings and a black head. They feed on insects, which they capture in the air often below a densely canopied tree.___

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2015-05-12 22:05:31 (35 comments, 93 reshares, 383 +1s)Open 

Snow Rose ...♡♥♡♥♡♥Love★it

Snow Rose ...♡♥♡♥♡♥Love★it___

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