A FLORA AND FAUNA SPECIAL.
I feel that our lives are very beautiful and colorful. It’s because we are gifted with awesome and beautiful species of flora and fauna resplendent with different colors, beauty, and splendor. Let’s take a look at our avian friends.
There are nearly 360 species of hummingbirds. They are the natives of America.They are found from they occur from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego( Southern America).It belongs to the biological family, Trochilidae. Most of the hummingbirds are 7.5–13 cm (3–5 in) in length. The smallest of the species is the bee humming bird measuring 5 cm ( 2 inches) and weighs 2 gms while the largest one is the giant hummingbird measuring 23 cms (9.1inches) and weighing 18- 24 gms. An interesting fact about the hummingbird is that it is the only bird that can fly backwards and it has no sense of smell. Hummingbird’s diet consists of nectars from flowers, insects like beetles, mosquitoes, and spiders.( Wikipedia and Kaytee.com) .
THE PINK ROBIN
The pink Robin is a cute little bird from Southeastern Australia. It belongs to the family of Petroicidae. It measures 13.5 cm (5.3 in) with a small, thin black bill and brown eyes and legs. The male Robin has a white spot above the beak with grey-black upperparts, wings and tail while the female has grey-brown plumage. It feeds on insects like spiders, caterpillars, wasps, beetles etc.( Wikipedia.com)
A martial eagle is a native of Sub-Saharan Africa. It belongs to the genus Polemaetus. It’s a predator that feeds on Monitor Lizards, snakes, jackals and medium sized wild cats.
There are approximately 30,000 martian eagles left. They weigh around 3-6 kg with length measuring 78-96 cms. Their average lifespan is 14-25 years.( Information courtesy: Wikipedia and Animalia)
Common eagles belong to the family of Accipitridae and found all over the world except Antarctica. There are nearly 60 species of eagles. Eagles have a powerful eyesight and their sight extends upto 3 kms away. The average lifespan of an eagle is 20-30 years. ( Facts.net) and ( Wikipedia)
Different species of eagle have different heights and weight. They mostly feed on reptiles, small mammals, birds and fish.
Owls are nocturnal birds and have over 200 species. They belong to a class Strigiformes and feed on small mammals, insects, fish. They are found all over the world except the polar ice caps and some islands ( Wikipedia).
The owls can turn their necks upto 135 degrees in two directions. ( Mentalfloss.com). Owls are silent fliers. They make no noise while taking off.
Parrots have an estimated 398 species and from the order Psittaciformes. The order is further classified into three superfamilies: the Psittacoidea (“true” parrots), the Cacatuoidea (cockatoos), and the Strigopoidea (New Zealand parrots).
A large variety of them are found in South America and Australia- Asia. One-third of them are on the brink of extinction. Parrots are gifted with a rare and unique ability of imitating human words and laughter. Parrots mostly feed on nuts, flowers, fruit, buds, seeds and insects. ( www.livescience.com).
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