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 Callidulidae: An unusual family of moths known as "Old World Butterfly-moths. Callidulids are a family of butterfly like moths which are distributed throughout southeast Asia and Oceania. Callidulids can exhibit both day and night flying behavior and typically hold their wings over thier backs like butterflies. Thier closest relatives are know truly known but they are thought to be close to hook-tip and geometer moths.

Image: L. Shyamal

 

Rufous-bellied Kookaburra (Dacelo gaudichaud)

Also known as Gaduichaud’s Kookaburra, the rufous-bellied kookaburra is a species of tree kingfisher that is native to the lowland forests of New Guinea (and Saibai Island). Unlike other kookaburras who prefer open country, the rufous-bellied kookaburra inhabits dense rainforests and will feed mostly on large insects and small vertebrates. Which are seized from trees. 

Sexes are dimorphic and can be distinguished by the color of their tail feathers, which are blue in males and rufous in females. Like their relatives, rufous-belled kookaburras breed in termite mounds. Breeding will usually take place from May to October, and 1-2 chicks are raised.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Coraciiformes-Halcyonidae-Dacelo-gaudichaud

Images: Carmelo Lopez and Mehd Halauoate.

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