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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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Brothers Island Tuatara (Sphenodon guntheri)

While it may look like a lizard, this species of reptile is actually one of the sole surviving members of a clade of reptiles that lived 200 million years ago. As you might of guessed by its name this living fossil can only be found on Brothers Island off of New Zealand. This tuatara species is a nocturnal hunter emerging from its burrow at night to feed on small invertebrates, eggs and even small birds. A special movement of its jaw allows them to eat their bony prey quite easily. Reproduction in this species is very competitive as females only reproduce once every 2-5 years. And as such males go through brutal fights with each-other to get a chance to mate.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Rhynchocephalia-Sphenodontidae-Spehenodon-guntheri

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