Spur-winged Plover, Vanellus spinosus
Spur-winged Plover, Vanellus spinosus
PANDA POKEMON CONFIRMED. CHARACTER CUSTOMIZATION CONFIRMED. DAT LEGS CONFIRMED .
An awesome new Pokédex, being able to ride your Pokémon and a really cool french feel. All my hype. GameFreak is really taking Pokémon to the next level! I don’t even know what else to ask for now…hopefully theres better character customization and not just skin tone alteration. October y u no here tomorrow?
More Info via Serebii:
The Pokémon on the far right is Gogoat (ゴーゴート literally Gohgohto) and is the Riding Pokémon. It’s Grass-type, 1.7m and 91.0kg. You can actually ride this Pokémon in the field. It can learn Horn Leech
The lizard appears to be an Electric type, possibly Normal as well, but the name is currently unviewable due to overexposure. It has a new move called Barabora Charge
The bird is called Yayakoma (ヤヤコマ) and is the Japanese Robin Pokémon. It is Normal/Flying, 0.3m and 1.7kg
The panda is called Yancham ( ヤンチャム) and is the Naughty Pokémon. It is Fighting-type, 0.6m and 8.0kg. It has a new move called Parting Remark
The game is set in the Karos Region which appears to be based on France. You can customise your trainer slightly with hair colour and skin shade. Main city is Miare City
whoa the trainers are so cute
here are some drawing that I did the past couple of days woo
I drew em all with my mechanical pencil so sorry if shading sucks haha
click the pictures for descriptions
King Bird of Paradise
Hooded Pitohui (Pitohui dichrous)
The Hooded Pitohui is common and widespread throughout New Guinea. This species, together with its close relatives, the Variable Pitohui and the Brown Pitohui, are the first documented poisonous birds. A neurotoxin called homobatrachotoxin found in the birds’ skin and feathers, causes numbness and tingling in those touching the bird.
The hooded pitohui was the first poisonous bird to be identified. Of the three poisonousPitohui species, the hooded pitohui (Pitohui dichrous) is the most brightly colored and by far the most poisonous. It is followed by the variable pitohui (Pitohui kirhocephalus) and the rusty pitohui (Pitohui ferrugineus).
The Hooded Pitohui acquires its poison from part of its diet, the Choresine beetle of the Melyridae family. This beetle is also a likely source of the lethal batrachotoxins found in Colombia’s poison dart frogs…
(read more: AvianWeb) (photos: John Dumbacher)
(photo by hide photography)
Slater Museum: Featured Creature - 25 Jan 2013
Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera)
This week’s creature was the skeleton of a Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera), a species endemic to the Andes of South America (mostly above 2500 m elevation). Ensifera, which means “sword-wielder,” is the only species of bird on the planet with a bill longer than its body. This remarkable bill is highly adapted to feed on flowers with very long corollas, such as Brugmansia (shown above), Passiflora, Datura, and Fuchsia.
With such an astonishingly large bill, this hummingbird must also possess a tongue of equally immense length. And in fact, Ensifera has one of the longest tongues of any bird in the world! It acts much like the tongue of a woodpecker, darting out beyond the bill to slurp up tasty nectar, and wrapping around the back of the skull when not in use. You can see it’s long, thread-like tongue (hyoid) bones in the skeletal images above. Notice that the base of the hyoid bones wrap around the skull and insert at the nostrils, while the opposite ends can be seen protruding above the base of bill.
You can imagine that possessing such a large bill would present this hummingbird with a multitude of problems. For example, preening is an essential part of every bird’s life and most birds preen with their bills. On average, a typical bird preens for 6 to 8 hours each day! This helps keep feathers clean and in tip-top shape for the difficult task of flying. Of course, this becomes a huge problem for Ensifera, because its bill is far too long to preen any of its dainty feathers. So instead, Sword-billed Hummers preen their entire bodies using only their feet! As such, Ensifera has the longest legs of the hummingbird family!
Super long bill, mega long tongue, extra long legs - this critter is unbelievable! Thank you, evolution.
(photos by beachwalker2008)
(photo by Murat Caliskan)