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Category Archive: Animals

Amazing Birds of Prey

Amazing Birds of Prey

Amazing Birds of Prey


Birds of prey are found all over the world. They are predators that catch and eat other animals. Some common birds of prey include eagles, falcons, hawks, ospreys, owls, buzzards, and vultures.
They are usually large and strong. Most have hooked beaks and sharp claws and are excellent hunters. Birds of prey eat a great variety of animals: other birds, insects, fish, rodents, snakes, frogs, or small mammals.
Many birds of prey keep the same mate for their whole lives. They build nests in trees, on cliffs, or on the ground.
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Kiwifruit and kiwibird

Kiwifruit and kiwibird

Kiwifruit and kiwibird


The kiwi is New Zealand’s feathered favorite. It is a strange little bird found only in the forests of New Zealand. New Zealanders are sometimes called Kiwis. It is a nocturnal bird. During the day it sleeps in its burrow, and at night it looks for food. Kiwis eat worms, insects, larvae, spiders, and berries. These birds have a strong sense of smell. Their bills are long and narrow and kiwis are the only birds whose nostrils are on the very tip of the bill. Kiwis cannot fly, but they run very fast.
Kiwis are monogamous and mate for life. The kiwi’s egg is about 20 percent of the mother’s weight. It fills almost her entire body right before it’s laid. The male takes care of an egg for almost 3 months. It takes chick 3 days to hatch. These birds live up to 60 years.
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Feathers – birds’ coat

Feathers – birds’ coat

Feathers – birds’ coat


Feathers cover a bird’s body and no other animals have them. According to many scientists, birds developed from reptiles millions of years ago. So, reptiles’ scales became feathers. Tiny hooks hold together the feathers on a bird’s body. At least once a year birds are molting. Feathers are very important to survival. Different kinds of feathers have different purposes. Straight, stiff feathers give birds their ability to fly. Tail feathers help with steering, balance, and braking. Small, fluffy feathers, keep a bird’s body from getting too cold or too hot, and its skin from getting wet.
People in many cultures decorate hats, clothing, and jewelry with colorful feathers. Feathers are also good filling for clothing and pillows for softness and warmth.
The owl’s feathers are designed in such a way that their flight is noiseless. This allows birds to hunt in the dark.
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Rabbit and Hare – Long Ears Strong Legs

Rabbit and Hare - Long Ears Strong Legs

Rabbit and Hare – Long Ears Strong Legs


Rabbits and hares are mammals with long ears. Hares have longer ears and longer legs than rabbits. There are about 28 species of rabbit and about 30 species of hare. They have short tails, large eyes, strong teeth, and sensitive noses. Many hares turn white in the winter. Rabbits’ coats are the same color year-round. Hares and rabbits can be found on all continents, except Antarctica.
Rabbits live together in warrens. A female makes a warm and deep nest to keep the babies safe. Little rabbits are born blind and helpless and stay with their mother for about three weeks. Hares don’t build warrens. Their homes are shallow holes that they dig in the grass, under trees, or in brush heaps. Hares may have two to three babies each year. The newborns have open eyes and can hop within minutes.
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Bass – fish with spiky fin

Bass - fish with spiky fin

Bass – fish with spiky fin


The bass is valued all over the world as a source of food. There are hundreds of different species of bass. Many of them belong to the sea bass family, and others belong to the sunfish family.
Most fish have a spiky fin along their back. They vary in size from 15 centimeters to more than 2 meters. Giant sea bass may be more than 225 kilograms in weight.
The freshwater family includes the black basses, crappies, and sunfish. All have plump, oval bodies with rough scales with a comb like edge.
Black bass lives in the freshwater ponds, rivers, and lakes of North America and feeds on smaller fishes. Largemouth black bass has an upper jawbone that extends beyond the eyes.
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Dragon – mythical beast

Dragon – mythical beast

Dragon – mythical beast


A dragon is awesome, reptilelike beast. It appears in the folklore of nearly every country. Dragons prowled the earth, devoured hapless villagers, received periodic sacrifices of young maidens, spread terror into the hearts of all, and were thwarted only by courageous knights. For years, children have been read tales, seen motion pictures, and heard songs of reluctant dragons, kindly dragons, affectionate dragons, magic dragons, and timid dragons.
The image of the dragon in world mythology appeared already during the Sumerian culture. It’s hard to say what caused the birth of an amazing creature – whether something like that existed in fact, and then died out with dinosaurs and mastodons, or an ancient man wanted to connect heaven and earth, and then a mysterious beast emerged from the depths of the imagination.
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Condor – interesting bird

Condor – interesting bird

Condor – interesting bird


Condors are New World vultures that are among the largest of flying birds. There are only two species, the Andean condor and the critically endangered California condor. They have black or dark brown plumage with white patches on the underside of the wings. They have a sharply hooked beak.
The condor is a scavenger; it means that condor feeds mainly on carrion, preferring the carcasses of deer, cattle, or sheep. It will also attack and eat rodents, fish, and birds. Condors can soar for hours over the ground in search of prey, but are able to do without food for days.
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