Thursday, July 19, 2007

Thursday Take-out

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Ok...let's try this one smarty bloggers. I need the name and range of the bird pictured above.

We've had smart shoppers and archaeologists here. Lets see if we have any ornithologists aboard.

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Called the gorgeted puffleg, the new species is easily twice as big as the thumb-sized hummingbirds found in the eastern United States, measuring between 3.5 inches and 4 inches (90 and 100 mm) in length, its discoverers said in answer to e-mailed questions.

The name comes from the iridescent emerald green and electric blue patch on the throat — the gorge — on males, and from tufts of white feathers at the top of the legs, a characteristic of so-called puffleg hummers.

Ornithologists Alexander Cort├ęs-Diago and Luis Alfonso Ortega made three sightings of the hummingbird in 2005 during surveys of mountain cloud forest in the Serrania del Pinche in southwest Colombia. After the birds were seen again in 2006, photographs were sent to the Zoological Research Museum A. Koenig in Germany for confirmation.

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1 comment:

The Sarcasticynic said...

That's the blue-throated blue-butted blackbird. Range? These things can be taken out from over fifty yards.