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Jackal Buzzard Wallpapers

| Birds Wallpapers | July 5, 2013

Jackal Buzzard WallpapersThe Jackal Buzzard (Buteo rufofuscus) is a 45–55 cm long African bird of prey. The taxonomy on this species is confusing, with some taxonomists considering this species, the Archer’s Buzzard, and the Augur Buzzard to be the same superspecies.

Many taxonomists consider them all to be distinct, having different calls, different home ranges and variations in plumage. This is a species of mountains, and adjacent savannah and grassland. It is resident and non-migratory throughout its range.

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Cape Rockjumper Wallpapers

| Birds Wallpapers | July 5, 2013

Cape Rockjumper WallpapersThe Cape Rockjumper or Rufous Rockjumper (Chaetops frenatus) is a medium-sized insectivorous passerine bird endemic to the mountain fynbos of southernmost South Africa.

This is a ground-nesting species which forages on rocky slopes and scree. It frequently perches on rocks. Breeding groups occupy 4–11 ha territories, and typically consist of a breeding pair and one or two additional individuals, usually offspring of the adult pair from the preceding breeding season. These helpers participate in territorial defence and alarm calling, and in the feeding of nestlings and fledglings of the breeding pair. Females also help with nest building and incubation.

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Willet Wallpapers

| Birds Wallpapers | July 5, 2013

Willet WallpapersThe Willet (Tringa semipalmata), formerly in the monotypic genus Catoptrophorus as Catoptrophorus semipalmatus,  is a large shorebird in the sandpiper family. It is a good-sized and stout scolopacid, the largest of the shanks. Its closest relative is the Lesser Yellowlegs, a much smaller bird with a very different appearance apart from the fine, clear, and dense pattern of the neck, which both species show in breeding plumage.

In flight, showing the bold underwing pattern

Adults have gray legs and a long, straight, dark and stout bill. The body is dark gray above and light underneath. The tail is white with a dark band at the end. The distinctive black and white pattern of the wings is a common sight along many North American coastal beaches.

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Short-eared Owl Wallpapers

| Birds Wallpapers | June 28, 2013

Short-eared Owl WallpapersThe Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) is a species of typical owl (family Strigidae). In Scotland this species of owl is often referred to as a cataface, grass owl or short-horned hootlet. Owls belonging to genus Asio are known as the eared owls, as they have tufts of feathers resembling mammalian ears. These “ear” tufts may or may not be visible. Asio flammeus will display its tufts when in a defensive pose. However, its very short tufts are usually not visible. The Short-eared Owl is found in open country and grasslands. The word flammeus is Latin for “flaming, or the color of fire”.

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Common Nightingale Wallpapers

| Birds Wallpapers | June 28, 2013

Common Nightingale WallpaperThe Common Nightingale or simply Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos), also known as Rufous Nightingale, is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae. It belongs to a group of more terrestrial species, often called chats.

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Wren-like Rushbird Wallpaper

| Birds Wallpapers | June 28, 2013

Wren-like Rushbird WallpaperThe Wren-like Rushbird (Phleocryptes melanops) is a species of bird in the Furnariidae family. It is monotypic within the genus Phleocryptes. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. Its natural habitat is swamps.

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Black-Headed Gull Wallpaper

| Birds Wallpapers | June 28, 2013

Black-Headed Gull WallpaperThe Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) is a small gull which breeds in much of Europe and Asia, and also in coastal eastern Canada. Most of the population is migratory, wintering further south, but some birds in the milder westernmost areas of Europe are resident.

Some birds will also spend the winter in northeastern North America, where it was formerly known as the Common Black-headed Gull. As is the case with many gulls, it had previously been placed in the genus Larus.

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Solitary Sandpiper Wallpapers

| Birds Wallpapers | June 27, 2013

Solitary Sandpiper WallpapersThis species measures 18–23 cm (7.1–9.1 in) long, with a wingspan up to 50 cm (20 in) and a body mass of 31–65 g (1.1–2.3 oz). It is a dumpy wader with a dark green back, greyish head and breast and otherwise white underparts. It is obvious in flight, with wings dark above and below, and a dark rump and tail centre.

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Ross’s Gull Wallpapers

| Birds Wallpapers | June 27, 2013

Ross's GullThe Ross’s Gull is a small gull, the only species in its genus, although it has been suggested it should be moved to the genus Hydrocoloeus, which otherwise only includes the Little Gull.

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Grey Pigeons Wallpaper

| Birds Wallpapers | June 22, 2013

Grey Pigeons WallpaperEarlier today at the Rainbow Harbor Marina in Long Beach, I was surrounded by these common grey pigeons. Most people see them as a nuisance as they litter the areas with bird droppings. I noticed one with a particular “swagger” to him/her.

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