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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

 

Falkland Steamer Duck (Tachyeres barchypterus)

…a species of steamer duck that is endemic to the Falkland Islands in the southern Atlantic. Like most other steamer ducks the Falkland steamer duck has very short wings and cannot fly. Falkland steamer ducks primarily forage at sea and will feed on molluscs and crustaceans which are caught when diving.

Breeding will take place from September to December and nests are built close to water. Falkland steamer ducks are highly aggressive and territorial and pairs will defend their claims from any other bird species. These disputes can turn bloody as Falkland steamer ducks possess two developed spurs on their wings which they use to fight.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Anseriformes-Anatidae-Tachyeres-T.brachypterus

Images: Jhon C. Mittermeier and Pablo Caceres Contreras 

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