Monatsarchive: Januar 2016

Weird bird beaks part II: The pseuodeteeth of the double-toothed barbet

Today´s featured bird with a weird beak is the double-toothed barbet (Lybius bidentatus), a colourful member of the African barbets, and around the size of a sparrow. The origin of their name is quite obvious, as their upper beaks shows … Weiterlesen

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Weird bird beaks part I: Frontal shield beaks in violet turacos

This is meant as some sort of mini-series to feature some lesser known birds with weird beaks. Perhaps I will also include some birds which seem more familiar, but whose weird beak features are usually missed. I start with the … Weiterlesen

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A tiny lindworm with huge hidden teeth and bone-armoured skin – The slow worm, largest lizard of Northern Europe

Central and Nothern Europe is not particularly rich in reptiles, and many of the native species are even quite rare and occur only quite locally restricted. In Germany for example, there are only around 13 species, among them five (or … Weiterlesen

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