Why is the flamingo beak unique?
The flamingo has a large beak, with the biggest part on the bottom and the smallest part on the top. The top part is moveable.
This is the reverse, or opposite, of the beak of other birds. Other birds have a larger top part and a smaller, moveable bottom part.
So, why is the flamingo beak unique and reversed?
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Why is manure important?
Manure is known as poo, poop, dung, droppings, scat, guano, frass, and many other words.
Manure gives zoologists a lot of information about the food that an animal eats, such as whether it eats insects, mammals, plants, and so on. It also tells zoologists whether an animal’s diet has changed over time.
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The Firebug (Pyrrhocoris apterus) is a common insect in the Pyrrhocoridae family.
It is hemimetabolous, which means that it does not undergo full metamorphosis. Instead, the life cycle includes only nymphs (juveniles) and adults.
The juvenile Firebug does not look like its parents. It has the same shape and the same colour as its parents, but it does not yet have the same black markings. Instead, the juvenile has one black strip on the back of its head (not two), an M-shaped black mark at the top of its shell (not a triangle), and three small black dots in the middle of its shell.
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The American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) is a large wetland wading bird with reddish-pink feathers, a large beak, long legs, and a curved S-shaped neck.
The adult Flamingo measures 120-145 centimetres (47-57 inches) tall.
The photographed American Flamingo chick was born on 18 March 2019 in the Paris Zoo in France, so it is now 8 months old. It was first photographed when it was one month old.
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The Gaur (Bos gaurus) is a large bovine. It is a species of wild cattle and is also known as the Indian Bison.
Both the male (bull) and the female (cow) have horns.
The horns grow from the side of the Gaur’s head and curve upwards.
The horns are flat at the base and bend inwards and slightly backwards at the tips.
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What is a rain forest?
There are tropical rain forests with high temperatures, which are often called jungles. Tropical rain forests occur along the equator.
There are temperate rain forests, with warm temperatures in summer and cool temperatures in winter.
A rain forest has high, continuous rainfall, which provides water and oxygen for many species of plants and animals.
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What is sexual dimorphism?
When the male and the female of the same species look different in size, weight, colour, and markings, it is called dimorphism.
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What is the difference between the foot of the Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla), and Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus)?
The Chimpanzee, Gorilla, and Orangutan are primates with five digits on each foot (five toes) with keratin toe nails. Humans also have five digits on each foot with keratin toe nails.
The Gorilla has shorter, wider digits than the Chimpanzee and Orangutan.
The Chimpanzee, Gorilla, and Orangutan have prehensile (grasping) feet. Humans do not have prehensile feet (their feet cannot easily grasp objects).
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What is the difference between the hand of the Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla), and Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus)?
The Chimpanzee, Gorilla, and Orangutan are primates with five digits on each hand (four fingers and one thumb) with keratin fingernails. Humans also have five digits on each hand (four fingers and one thumb) with keratin fingernails.
The Gorilla has shorter, wider digits than the Chimpanzee and Orangutan.
The Gorilla has a wider palm than the Chimpanzee and Orangutan.
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A Tree Frog (an arboreal frog) has sticky toe pads on each of its four toes.
The toe pads are not suction pads. The toe pads function through wet adhesion.
The surface of each toe pad has flat-topped, hexagonal-shaped (six-sided) cells, with grooves, that grip surfaces. This is called an intercalary structure.
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A baby cockroach is called a nymph.
The cockroach is an insect, but it does not undergo a full metamorphosis, because it does not have a pupa or cocoon phase. Its life cycle is: egg, nymph, adult cockroach.
The female cockroach lays 10-40 eggs on the top of soil or other surfaces. They hatch into nymphs after 30-60 days.
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How does a cat sharpen its claws?
Human fingernails and cat claws are made from keratin and keep growing their whole life.
Human fingernails do not retract (go in and out) – they do not go back into the skin to make them invisible.
Most cats and wild cats have claws that are exposed or protracted when they use them and are hidden, sheathed, or retracted when they don’t need them.
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What is a tadpole?
A tadpole is the aquatic larval stage in the life cycle of an amphibian, such as a frog or toad. Tadpole means ‘toad head.’
A tadpole has a grey, laterally-compressed body and tail, with internal or external gills to enable it to breathe underwater, and a mouth to eat algae.
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The New Caledonian Giant Gecko (Rhacodactylus leachianus) is an arboreal reptile in the Diplodactylidae family of gecko lizards.
The New Caledonian Giant Gecko is native to the island of New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean, specifically on the southern and eastern portions of the main island. It grows to 36 centimetres (14 inches), including its tail.
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The Sea Snail (Caenogastropoda) is a clade of marine (saltwater) gastropod molluscs, including a few freshwater snails and land snails.
The Sea Snail includes periwinkles, cowries, wentletraps, moon snails, murexes, cone snails, and turrids.
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Sometimes sheep and lambs need protection from other sheep with horns. Sometimes horns are damaged and require protection while they heal.
The Paris Zoo has placed rubber stoppers on the horns of the Blue Sheep (Pseudois nayaur) from the Himalayan mountains because there are three baby lambs in the enclosure, and to protect damaged horns.
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The Blue Sheep (Pseudois nayaur) is a medium-sized ungulate (hoofed) mammal. It is also called the Bharal or the Himalayan Blue Sheep. It is a caprid. It is native to the Himalayan mountains in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, and Pakistan.
The female is pregnant for 5 months, before giving birth to one live young. The young, called a lamb, has grey-brown fur. When it is an adult, it gets its blue-grey fur.
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The Rhinoceros Ratsnake (Gonyosoma boulengeri) is a non-venomous colubrid reptile in the Colubridae family. It is also known as the Vietnamese Longnose Snake.
It is oviparous because it lays eggs. The female lays 5-10 eggs, which hatch after about 60 days.
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What does the Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus) drink?
The Brown Rat, common on all continents except Antarctica, is an omnivore, eating almost anything.
The Brown Rat drinks water. It needs to keep hydrated, especially in summer. It drinks freshwater, not salt water.
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What is inside a bird egg?
An egg is made of several elements, such as a shell, two shell membranes (inner and outer membranes), a vitelline membrane, an air chamber, the chalazae, the egg white (called albumen), the yellow egg yolk, and a germinal disc.
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