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

 

Spinifex Pigeon (Geophaps plumifera)

…a species of pigeon native to Australia. Spinifex Pigeons generally inhabit stony areas with spinifex grasses. They are nomadic and mainly terrestrial. Spinifex pigeons are seed eaters and will feed on seeds, grasses and small invertebrates. They are dependent on water and concentrate their range around the availability of water

Like the unrelated Crested Pigeon (O.lophotes) this species is one of the two species of Australian pigeons to possess a crest. They have three subspecies which are distinct in range and appearance. 

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Columbiformes-Columbidae-Geophaps-G.plumifera

Images: Wim Hoek and Harley Kingston

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