Hi, I'm Andrew and I’m just a simple 19 year old guy and zoology student that posts random factoids about obscure animals and general animal science/zoology/biology stuff so if you like animals this is the place for you, if you only like cute animals this is not the place for you… Also I can ID any animals you might need identified (just submit them to me).

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Family Polioptilidae: A family of passerine birds commonly known as "Gnatcatchers". All gnatcatchers are native to the New World, being found in both North and South America. Gnatcatchers are close relatives of the wrens and some species are known as "Gnatwrens".

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Flying squid

yeah you heard me flying squids

several species of squid have evolved a tactic to evade predators and conserve energy, they have evolved the ability to fly! This is not true flight however but  gliding similar to a flying fish or squirrel. The squid though has a anatomical design that the fish and mammals don’t, it has jet propulsion. Although not too much is known about how these molluscs are able to get out of the water and actually propel themselves, from what is known the squid seem to propel themselves by forcefully shooting water out of of their siphons, they are able to cover great distances by doing this with squids being recorded flying for 160 feet above the waters surface. It is thought that this tactic evolved for two reasons, one being out of the water saves the squid from any predators chasing it underwater (like flying fish do), and secondly the squid can move alot faster flying as they do when swimming (5x as fast). being able to move faster allows the animal to conserve energy during migration.

this is easily one of the most awesome things ever!

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