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".

Image: Erikwlyon

 

Black-billed Mountain Toucan (Andigena nigrirostris)

…a small species of toucan that is native to the highland forests in the Andes of western Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and northern Peru. Like other toucan species A.nigrirostris feeds mostly on fruit and the occasional insect or lizard.  Despite what their common name suggests only one subspecies (A.n.nigrirostris) actually has a fully black bill the others have bills that are chestnut and partially black.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Piciformes-Rhamphastidae-Andigena-A.nigrirostris

Image(s): Felix Uribe

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