O Aracuã-do-pantanal é uma ave galliforme da família Cracidae. É conhecida na planície pantaneira pela variante Aranquã (Araquã). Seu nome significa: do (grego) ortalis = galinha; e do (latim) canus = cinza; e collis, collum = pescoço; canicollis = pescoço cinza. ⇒ Galinha com pescoço cinza. Mede de 50 a 56 cm de comprimento e pesa de 480 a 600 gramas, sendo a maior espécie do gênero Ortalis. Testa anegrada, cabeça e nuca cinzas. Pele do olho vermelha. A característica mais marcante na plumagem é a cauda, longa, onde destacam-se as penas laterais marrom avermelhadas, contrastando com o cinza escuro das demais. Em voo ou pousados, deixam a cauda entreaberta, tornando visível essa característica. Pelo formato das asas, relativamente pequenas e redondas, precisam batê-las intensamente para cruzar áreas abertas. Apesar disso, atravessam os rios pantaneiros sem problemas. Seu som é dominante nas manhãs e tardes do Pantanal.
Common bronze-back Snake : Thuru/Mookalan Haal Danda Non–venomous arboreal snake Diurnal and though a tree snake it is observed of foraging on land as well in searching of its prey which consist of frogs, lizards, geckos, skinks, insects and also eggs of small birds. It can make long jumps among trees if necessary while chasing its prey.
A shoot tip or an insect!! During a walk in the thick forest of western ghats, one of the shoot tip of a plant on the path caught my attention which made me take a second look. The shoot tip i thought was actually this flower chafer, a male Narycius opalus, a in the tribe Cetoniini in the family Scarabaeidae. The genus Narycius only consists of this single species which is endemic in the Western Ghats. I guess it was mimicking the shoot tip. Shot in very low light conditions! Exif: Nikon D5100 | f/8 |1/200s | ISO 2000 | Tamron 90 mm
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.