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2015-07-27 22:10:31 (303 comments, 395 reshares, 4518 +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

Most reshares: 470

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2015-06-19 00:19:53 (137 comments, 470 reshares, 4264 +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

Most plusones: 4518

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2015-07-27 22:10:31 (303 comments, 395 reshares, 4518 +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

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2015-09-02 22:02:28 (71 comments, 60 reshares, 789 +1s)Open 

Nicobar pigeon

The Nicobar pigeon is a pigeon found on small islands and in coastal regions from the Nicobar Islands, east through the Malay Archipelago, to the Solomons and Palau. . It is the only living member of the genus Caloenas and the closest living relative of the extinct dodo.

Scientific name: Caloenas nicobarica
Higher classification: Caloenas
Rank: Species

Nicobar pigeon

The Nicobar pigeon is a pigeon found on small islands and in coastal regions from the Nicobar Islands, east through the Malay Archipelago, to the Solomons and Palau. . It is the only living member of the genus Caloenas and the closest living relative of the extinct dodo.

Scientific name: Caloenas nicobarica
Higher classification: Caloenas
Rank: Species___

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2015-08-24 20:29:20 (63 comments, 47 reshares, 919 +1s)Open 

Rottweiler
Dog Breed

The Rottweiler /ˈrɒtwaɪlər/ is a medium/large size breed of domestic dog. The dogs were known as "Rottweil butchers' dogs" because they were used to herd livestock and pull carts laden with butchered meat and other products to market. 

The Rottweiler was employed in its traditional roles until the mid-19th century when railways replaced droving for herding livestock to market. While still used in herding, Rottweilers are now used as search and rescue dogs, as guide dogs for the blind, as guard dogs or police dogs, and in other roles.

Life span: 8 – 10 years
Origin: Germany
Higher classification: Dog
Temperament: Devoted, Good-natured, Alert, Steady, Self-assured, Obedient, Calm, Confident, Courageous, Fearless
Weight: Male: 50–60 kg, Female: 35–48 kg
Height: Female: 56–63 cm, Male: 61–69 cm

Rottweiler
Dog Breed

The Rottweiler /ˈrɒtwaɪlər/ is a medium/large size breed of domestic dog. The dogs were known as "Rottweil butchers' dogs" because they were used to herd livestock and pull carts laden with butchered meat and other products to market. 

The Rottweiler was employed in its traditional roles until the mid-19th century when railways replaced droving for herding livestock to market. While still used in herding, Rottweilers are now used as search and rescue dogs, as guide dogs for the blind, as guard dogs or police dogs, and in other roles.

Life span: 8 – 10 years
Origin: Germany
Higher classification: Dog
Temperament: Devoted, Good-natured, Alert, Steady, Self-assured, Obedient, Calm, Confident, Courageous, Fearless
Weight: Male: 50–60 kg, Female: 35–48 kg
Height: Female: 56–63 cm, Male: 61–69 cm___

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2015-08-22 21:34:15 (40 comments, 52 reshares, 630 +1s)Open 

Black-and-red broadbill  -  " Nice color "
Bird 

The black-and-red broadbill is a species of bird in the broadbill family. It is monotypic within the genus Cymbirhynchus. It is found in Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

Scientific name: Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Cymbirhynchus

Black-and-red broadbill  -  " Nice color "
Bird 

The black-and-red broadbill is a species of bird in the broadbill family. It is monotypic within the genus Cymbirhynchus. It is found in Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

Scientific name: Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Cymbirhynchus___

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2015-08-19 23:44:26 (56 comments, 48 reshares, 730 +1s)Open 

Puli  -   " mop" dog 
Dog Breed

The Puli is a small-medium breed of Hungarian herding and livestock guarding dog known for its long, corded coat. The tight curls of the coat, similar to dreadlocks, make it virtually waterproof. A similar looking, but much larger breed – also Hungarian – is the Komondor. The term used for a group of Puli is Pulik.

Hypoallergenic: Yes
Scientific name: Canis lupus familiaris
Life span: 12 – 16 years
Temperament: Agile, Obedient, Loyal, Faithful, Energetic, Intelligent
Weight: Male: 13–15 kg, Female: 10–13 kg
Height: Male: 39–45 cm, Female: 36–42 cm

Puli  -   " mop" dog 
Dog Breed

The Puli is a small-medium breed of Hungarian herding and livestock guarding dog known for its long, corded coat. The tight curls of the coat, similar to dreadlocks, make it virtually waterproof. A similar looking, but much larger breed – also Hungarian – is the Komondor. The term used for a group of Puli is Pulik.

Hypoallergenic: Yes
Scientific name: Canis lupus familiaris
Life span: 12 – 16 years
Temperament: Agile, Obedient, Loyal, Faithful, Energetic, Intelligent
Weight: Male: 13–15 kg, Female: 10–13 kg
Height: Male: 39–45 cm, Female: 36–42 cm___

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2015-08-19 01:57:02 (83 comments, 108 reshares, 1040 +1s)Open 

Rainbow lorikeet   -   " gorgeous colours "
Bird

The rainbow lorikeet is a species of parrot found in Australia. It is common along the eastern seaboard, from northern Queensland to South Australia and Tasmania. Its habitat is rainforest, coastal bush and woodland areas.Several taxa traditionally listed as subspecies of the rainbow lorikeet are now treated as separate species.

Rainbow lorikeets have been introduced to Perth, Western Australia;Auckland, New Zealand;and Hong Kong.

Scientific name: Trichoglossus moluccanus
Higher classification: Trichoglossus
Rank: Species

Rainbow lorikeet   -   " gorgeous colours "
Bird

The rainbow lorikeet is a species of parrot found in Australia. It is common along the eastern seaboard, from northern Queensland to South Australia and Tasmania. Its habitat is rainforest, coastal bush and woodland areas.Several taxa traditionally listed as subspecies of the rainbow lorikeet are now treated as separate species.

Rainbow lorikeets have been introduced to Perth, Western Australia;Auckland, New Zealand;and Hong Kong.

Scientific name: Trichoglossus moluccanus
Higher classification: Trichoglossus
Rank: Species___

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2015-08-18 00:10:08 (148 comments, 116 reshares, 1753 +1s)Open 

Siberian Husky
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.

Hypoallergenic: No
Life span: 12 – 14 years
Higher classification: Dogmore »

Siberian Husky
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.

Hypoallergenic: No
Life span: 12 – 14 years
Higher classification: Dog
Temperament: Outgoing, Alert, Gentle, Friendly, Intelligent
Height: Female: 50–56 cm, Male: 54–60 cm___

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2015-08-17 10:07:36 (52 comments, 118 reshares, 822 +1s)Open 

Resplendent quetzal   -  " colorful plumage. so nice"
Bird

The resplendent quetzal /ketSAHL/ is a bird in the trogon family. It is found from Chiapas, Mexico to western Panama. It is well known for its colorful plumage. There are two subspecies, P. m. mocinno and P. m. costaricensis. 

This quetzal plays an important role in Mesoamerican mythologies. The resplendent quetzal is Guatemala's national bird, and an image of it is on the flag and coat of arms of Guatemala. It is also the name of the local currency (abbreviation GTQ).

Scientific name: Pharomachrus mocinno
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Pharomachrus

Resplendent quetzal   -  " colorful plumage. so nice"
Bird

The resplendent quetzal /ketSAHL/ is a bird in the trogon family. It is found from Chiapas, Mexico to western Panama. It is well known for its colorful plumage. There are two subspecies, P. m. mocinno and P. m. costaricensis. 

This quetzal plays an important role in Mesoamerican mythologies. The resplendent quetzal is Guatemala's national bird, and an image of it is on the flag and coat of arms of Guatemala. It is also the name of the local currency (abbreviation GTQ).

Scientific name: Pharomachrus mocinno
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Pharomachrus___

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2015-08-14 20:45:34 (54 comments, 49 reshares, 859 +1s)Open 

Cane Corso   -  "muscular and large-boned dog breed."
Dog Breed

The Cane Corso,also known as the Italian Mastiff, is a large Italian breed of dog, for years valued highly in Italy as a companion, Guard dog and hunter.

This old Italian dog breed was developed to guard property and hunt big game such as wild boar. He is powerful and athletic and is best suited to an experienced owner who has a large, securely fenced yard.

The Cane Corso (Corso for short) is a serious dog breed for a person who is serious about having a dog as a companion and who can provide him with the firm and loving guidance he needs to become a great dog. He is a family-only dog. Don’t expect him to buddy up with everyone he meets: He has no interest in people or other animals outside his family, but those within the family will have his undivided loyalty and protection.

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Cane Corso   -  "muscular and large-boned dog breed."
Dog Breed

The Cane Corso,also known as the Italian Mastiff, is a large Italian breed of dog, for years valued highly in Italy as a companion, Guard dog and hunter.

This old Italian dog breed was developed to guard property and hunt big game such as wild boar. He is powerful and athletic and is best suited to an experienced owner who has a large, securely fenced yard.

The Cane Corso (Corso for short) is a serious dog breed for a person who is serious about having a dog as a companion and who can provide him with the firm and loving guidance he needs to become a great dog. He is a family-only dog. Don’t expect him to buddy up with everyone he meets: He has no interest in people or other animals outside his family, but those within the family will have his undivided loyalty and protection.

Give this dog a job. He’s unwilling to just lie around all day and will find his own “work” to do if you don’t provide it: usually running the fence and barking at passersby, digging holes to China, or chewing up your furniture. If you have a farm or ranch, he will help you with the livestock; otherwise, get him involved in a dog sport such as agility, dock diving, nose work, obedience, or tracking.

Life span: 10 – 11 years
Higher classification: Dog
Origin: Italy
Temperament: Even Tempered, Reserved, Calm, Quiet, Stable, Trainable
Weight: Female: 40–45 kg, Male: 45–50 kg
Height: Female: 58–66 cm, Male: 62–70 cm___

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2015-08-13 22:58:24 (116 comments, 205 reshares, 2940 +1s)Open 

Javan frogmouth family  -   " Cute big eyes "
Bird

The Javan frogmouth is a species of bird in the Podargidae family. The species is sometimes known as Horsfield's frogmouth. It is found in Java and Bali. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. 

Scientific name: Batrachostomus javensis
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Batrachostomus

Javan frogmouth family  -   " Cute big eyes "
Bird

The Javan frogmouth is a species of bird in the Podargidae family. The species is sometimes known as Horsfield's frogmouth. It is found in Java and Bali. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. 

Scientific name: Batrachostomus javensis
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Batrachostomus___

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2015-08-13 03:06:41 (8 comments, 75 reshares, 936 +1s)Open 

Whale shark swimming under water in the ocean near the island of Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand with scuba divers around. 

Whale shark swimming under water in the ocean near the island of Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand with scuba divers around. ___

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2015-08-13 00:22:11 (53 comments, 215 reshares, 1691 +1s)Open 

White Peafowl   -  Some people believe that if you see a white peacock, it will bring you eternal happiness!

White Peafowl   -  Some people believe that if you see a white peacock, it will bring you eternal happiness!___

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2015-08-12 20:33:11 (29 comments, 27 reshares, 772 +1s)Open 

Dogue de Bordeaux
Dog Breed

The Dogue de Bordeaux, Bordeaux Mastiff, French Mastiff or Bordeauxdog is a large French Mastiff breed—and one of the most ancient French dog breeds.A typical brachycephalic molossoid type breed, the Bordeaux is a very powerful dog, with a very muscular body. This brawny breed has been put to work in many different capacities, from pulling carts and hauling heavy objects, to guarding flocks and, historically, the castles of the European elite.

Life span: 10 – 12 years
Higher classification: Dog
Origin: France
Temperament: Vigilant, Devoted, Even Tempered, Loyal, Companionable, Courageous
Height: Male: 60–67 cm, Female: 57–65 cm
Weight: Male: 54.4–65.2 kg, Female: 54.4–65.2 kg

Dogue de Bordeaux
Dog Breed

The Dogue de Bordeaux, Bordeaux Mastiff, French Mastiff or Bordeauxdog is a large French Mastiff breed—and one of the most ancient French dog breeds.A typical brachycephalic molossoid type breed, the Bordeaux is a very powerful dog, with a very muscular body. This brawny breed has been put to work in many different capacities, from pulling carts and hauling heavy objects, to guarding flocks and, historically, the castles of the European elite.

Life span: 10 – 12 years
Higher classification: Dog
Origin: France
Temperament: Vigilant, Devoted, Even Tempered, Loyal, Companionable, Courageous
Height: Male: 60–67 cm, Female: 57–65 cm
Weight: Male: 54.4–65.2 kg, Female: 54.4–65.2 kg___

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2015-08-11 21:47:19 (109 comments, 249 reshares, 3364 +1s)Open 

Ruby-throated hummingbird
Bird

The ruby-throated hummingbird is a species of hummingbird that generally spends the Winter in Central America and migrates to Eastern North America for the Summer to breed.  It is by far the most common hummingbird seen east of the Mississippi River in North America.

Scientific name: Archilochus colubris
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Archilochus

Ruby-throated hummingbird
Bird

The ruby-throated hummingbird is a species of hummingbird that generally spends the Winter in Central America and migrates to Eastern North America for the Summer to breed.  It is by far the most common hummingbird seen east of the Mississippi River in North America.

Scientific name: Archilochus colubris
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Archilochus___

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2015-08-11 01:32:16 (86 comments, 94 reshares, 1182 +1s)Open 

Tibetan Mastiff  -  "Expensive Dog "
Dog Breed

The Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient breed and type of large Tibetan dog breeds originating with nomadic cultures of Tibet, China, Nepal, and India. The breed is widely used by local tribes of Himachal Pradesh, China, Nepal and Tibet to protect their sheep from leopards.

Higher classification: Dog
Life span: 10 – 12 years
Origin: Tibet
Height: Male: 66–76 cm, Female: 61–71 cm
Temperament: Strong Willed, Protective, Aloof, Tenacious, Stubborn, Intelligent
Weight: Male: 45.4–72.6 kg, Female: 34–54.4 kg

Tibetan Mastiff  -  "Expensive Dog "
Dog Breed

The Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient breed and type of large Tibetan dog breeds originating with nomadic cultures of Tibet, China, Nepal, and India. The breed is widely used by local tribes of Himachal Pradesh, China, Nepal and Tibet to protect their sheep from leopards.

Higher classification: Dog
Life span: 10 – 12 years
Origin: Tibet
Height: Male: 66–76 cm, Female: 61–71 cm
Temperament: Strong Willed, Protective, Aloof, Tenacious, Stubborn, Intelligent
Weight: Male: 45.4–72.6 kg, Female: 34–54.4 kg___

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2015-08-09 22:28:53 (118 comments, 300 reshares, 3425 +1s)Open 

Chestnut-breasted coronet
Bird

The chestnut-breasted coronet is a species of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family. It is found in humid montane Andean forests in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. It is generally easily recognized by its contrasting rufous underparts. 

Scientific name: Boissonneaua matthewsii
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Boissonneaua

Chestnut-breasted coronet
Bird

The chestnut-breasted coronet is a species of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family. It is found in humid montane Andean forests in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. It is generally easily recognized by its contrasting rufous underparts. 

Scientific name: Boissonneaua matthewsii
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Boissonneaua___

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2015-08-08 22:53:21 (34 comments, 39 reshares, 745 +1s)Open 

Swedish Vallhund -  " Lovely Couple "
Dog Breed

The Swedish Vallhund called "Västgötaspets" in Swedish, after the Swedish county of Västergötland. The breed's name translates to: "Westerngothia Spitz Dog". This dog breed is still very rare. It was saved from extinction during the 1940s. It is believed that the Swedish Vallhund originated during the age of Vikings, more than 1,000 years ago. It was developed for use as a drover and herder of cattle.

Hypoallergenic: No
Higher classification: Dog
Life span: 12 – 14 years
Origin: Sweden
Temperament: Watchful, Alert, Energetic, Friendly, Fearless, Intelligent
Weight: Male: 9–14 kg, Female: 9–14 kg

Swedish Vallhund -  " Lovely Couple "
Dog Breed

The Swedish Vallhund called "Västgötaspets" in Swedish, after the Swedish county of Västergötland. The breed's name translates to: "Westerngothia Spitz Dog". This dog breed is still very rare. It was saved from extinction during the 1940s. It is believed that the Swedish Vallhund originated during the age of Vikings, more than 1,000 years ago. It was developed for use as a drover and herder of cattle.

Hypoallergenic: No
Higher classification: Dog
Life span: 12 – 14 years
Origin: Sweden
Temperament: Watchful, Alert, Energetic, Friendly, Fearless, Intelligent
Weight: Male: 9–14 kg, Female: 9–14 kg___

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2015-08-07 00:18:38 (44 comments, 81 reshares, 577 +1s)Open 

Steller's jay
Bird

The Steller's jay is a jay native to western North America, closely related to the blue jay found in the rest of the continent, but with a black head and upper body. It is also known as the long-crested jay, mountain jay, and pine jay.t is the only crested jay west of the Rocky Mountains.

The Steller's jay shows a great deal of regional variation throughout its range. Blackish-brown-headed birds from the north gradually become bluer-headed farther south. The Steller's jay has a more slender bill and longer legs than the blue jay and has a much more pronounced crest. It is also somewhat larger. The head is blackish-brown with light blue streaks on the forehead. This dark coloring gives way from the shoulders and lower breast to silvery blue. The primaries and tail are a rich blue with darker barring.

It occurs in coniferous forest over... more »

Steller's jay
Bird

The Steller's jay is a jay native to western North America, closely related to the blue jay found in the rest of the continent, but with a black head and upper body. It is also known as the long-crested jay, mountain jay, and pine jay.t is the only crested jay west of the Rocky Mountains.

The Steller's jay shows a great deal of regional variation throughout its range. Blackish-brown-headed birds from the north gradually become bluer-headed farther south. The Steller's jay has a more slender bill and longer legs than the blue jay and has a much more pronounced crest. It is also somewhat larger. The head is blackish-brown with light blue streaks on the forehead. This dark coloring gives way from the shoulders and lower breast to silvery blue. The primaries and tail are a rich blue with darker barring.

It occurs in coniferous forest over much of the western half of North America from Alaska in the north to northern Nicaragua completely replacing the blue jay in most of those areas. Some hybridization with the blue jay in Colorado has been reported. The Steller's jay lives in coniferous and mixed woodland, but not in completely dense forest, and requires open space. It typically lives in flocks of greater than 10 individuals. In autumn, flocks often visit oak woods when acorns are ripe.

Scientific name: Cyanocitta stelleri
Higher classification: Cyanocitta
Rank: Species___

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2015-08-05 21:44:45 (28 comments, 32 reshares, 528 +1s)Open 

Mudi
Dog Breed

The Mudi is a rare herding dog breed from Hungary. It is closely related to the Puli and Pumi, from which it was separated in the 1930s. Today, the Mudi is bred for work, companionship, and show.  They continue to be used in herding, as well as participating in a variety of dog sports.

Scientific name: Canis lupus familiaris
Higher classification: Dog
Life span: 13 – 14 years
Temperament: Lively, Alert, Energetic, Keen, Courageous, Intelligent
Height: Male: 41–47 cm, Female: 38–44 cm
Weight: Male: 11–13 kg, Female: 8–11 kg

Mudi
Dog Breed

The Mudi is a rare herding dog breed from Hungary. It is closely related to the Puli and Pumi, from which it was separated in the 1930s. Today, the Mudi is bred for work, companionship, and show.  They continue to be used in herding, as well as participating in a variety of dog sports.

Scientific name: Canis lupus familiaris
Higher classification: Dog
Life span: 13 – 14 years
Temperament: Lively, Alert, Energetic, Keen, Courageous, Intelligent
Height: Male: 41–47 cm, Female: 38–44 cm
Weight: Male: 11–13 kg, Female: 8–11 kg___

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2015-08-04 22:40:39 (128 comments, 227 reshares, 3181 +1s)Open 

Purple-throated sunbird
Bird

The purple-throated sunbird, is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests of South-East Asia. 

Scientific name: Leptocoma sperata
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Nectarinia

Purple-throated sunbird
Bird

The purple-throated sunbird, is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests of South-East Asia. 

Scientific name: Leptocoma sperata
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Nectarinia___

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2015-08-03 20:18:20 (37 comments, 35 reshares, 925 +1s)Open 

Bolognese
Dog Breed

The Bolognese is a small breed of dog of the Bichon type, originating in Italy. The name refers to the central Italian city of Bologna. It is part of the Toy dog group and is considered a companion dog. They love attention, and make good house pets.They are good at socializing with other dogs, big and small. They have a strong bond with the person/s they spend time with most.
 
Hypoallergenic: Yes
Higher classification: Dog
Life span: 12 – 14 years
Temperament: Reserved, Serious, Docile, Loyal, Enterprising
Height: Female: 25–28 cm, Male: 27–30 cm
Weight: Female: 2.5–4 kg, Male: 2.5–4 kg

Bolognese
Dog Breed

The Bolognese is a small breed of dog of the Bichon type, originating in Italy. The name refers to the central Italian city of Bologna. It is part of the Toy dog group and is considered a companion dog. They love attention, and make good house pets.They are good at socializing with other dogs, big and small. They have a strong bond with the person/s they spend time with most.
 
Hypoallergenic: Yes
Higher classification: Dog
Life span: 12 – 14 years
Temperament: Reserved, Serious, Docile, Loyal, Enterprising
Height: Female: 25–28 cm, Male: 27–30 cm
Weight: Female: 2.5–4 kg, Male: 2.5–4 kg___

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2015-08-03 05:57:09 (94 comments, 279 reshares, 2427 +1s)Open 

Golden-breasted starling
Bird

The golden-breasted starling, also known as royal starling, is a medium-sized, up to 35 cm long, passerine in the starling family. The golden-breasted starling is distributed in the grassland, savannah and shrubland of East Africa, from Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and northern Tanzania.

Scientific name: Lamprotornis regius
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Cosmopsarus

Golden-breasted starling
Bird

The golden-breasted starling, also known as royal starling, is a medium-sized, up to 35 cm long, passerine in the starling family. The golden-breasted starling is distributed in the grassland, savannah and shrubland of East Africa, from Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and northern Tanzania.

Scientific name: Lamprotornis regius
Rank: Species
Higher classification: Cosmopsarus___

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2015-08-02 13:14:23 (30 comments, 25 reshares, 661 +1s)Open 

Boykin Spaniel
Dog Breed

The Boykin Spaniel is a medium-sized breed of dog, a Spaniel bred for hunting wild turkeys and ducks in the Wateree River Swamp of South Carolina, in the United States. It is the state dog of South Carolina, where it was discovered and further developed by hunters in the 1900s. 1 September is Boykin Spaniel Day in South Carolina.

Hypoallergenic: No
Life span: 14 – 16 years
Origin: United States of America
Higher classification: Dog
Temperament: Energetic, Friendly, Companionable, Eager, Intelligent, Trainable
Weight: Male: 13.6–18.1 kg, Female: 11.3–15.9 kg

Boykin Spaniel
Dog Breed

The Boykin Spaniel is a medium-sized breed of dog, a Spaniel bred for hunting wild turkeys and ducks in the Wateree River Swamp of South Carolina, in the United States. It is the state dog of South Carolina, where it was discovered and further developed by hunters in the 1900s. 1 September is Boykin Spaniel Day in South Carolina.

Hypoallergenic: No
Life span: 14 – 16 years
Origin: United States of America
Higher classification: Dog
Temperament: Energetic, Friendly, Companionable, Eager, Intelligent, Trainable
Weight: Male: 13.6–18.1 kg, Female: 11.3–15.9 kg___

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Eurasian golden oriole
Bird

The Eurasian golden oriole or simply golden oriole is the only member of the oriole family of passerine birds breeding in northern hemisphere temperate regions.It is a summer migrant in Europe and western Asia and spends the winter season in central and southern Africa.

Golden orioles have an extremely large range with large populations that are apparently stable. Therefore, they are evaluated as least concern by BirdLife International.

Scientific name: Oriolus oriolus
Rank: Species
Clutch size: 3 – 6
Higher classification: Oriolus

Eurasian golden oriole
Bird

The Eurasian golden oriole or simply golden oriole is the only member of the oriole family of passerine birds breeding in northern hemisphere temperate regions.It is a summer migrant in Europe and western Asia and spends the winter season in central and southern Africa.

Golden orioles have an extremely large range with large populations that are apparently stable. Therefore, they are evaluated as least concern by BirdLife International.

Scientific name: Oriolus oriolus
Rank: Species
Clutch size: 3 – 6
Higher classification: Oriolus___

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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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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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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 (303 comments, 395 reshares, 4518 +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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, 44 reshares, 914 +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 (120 comments, 320 reshares, 3121 +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, 86 reshares, 667 +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 (185 comments, 133 reshares, 2938 +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 (108 comments, 293 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 (137 comments, 470 reshares, 4264 +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 (54 comments, 48 reshares, 1240 +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, 101 reshares, 1414 +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 (74 comments, 210 reshares, 1881 +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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