After three rounds, England stands in the lead with a solid ONE victory, and two ties with Australia. But enough about the past, let’s move on to the next category! Weighing in around 200-250g, we have England’s entry for the lightweight category – the Northern lapwing! A Wonderful Wader The Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), also … More The Great Commonwealth Bird Fight: Round 4 – Lightweight
In Round 2, the clash between Australia’s Mistletoe Bird and the Britain’s European Robin came to a draw! So now we’re on to the appropriately named ‘featherweight’ category. Zoologist Jones has put forward the highly energetic New Holland honeyeater as their contestant for Round 3, let’s see if we can beat that! Swooping into the … More The Great Commonwealth Bird Fight: Round 3 – Featherweight
Winner of Round 1: Firecrest! With over 69% of the vote, England’s flyweight champion takes the first crown! Thanks to everyone that voted! Right, on to Round 2! This time, we’ve moved up to the bantamweight category (5-20g). There are plenty of eligible contenders for this round but after careful consideration, please welcome the European … More The Great Commonwealth Bird Fight: Round 2 – Bantamweight
Anyone familiar with the Christian tradition of Lent, which is the six weeks leading up to Easter Sunday, may know of the associated ritual fasting and abstinence, especially from eating meat. Traditionally, all healthy Catholics between their 14th birthday until death are required to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and each … More Capybara & Chips: When Taxonomy & Lent Collide
Steph Jones over at Zoologist Jones recently challenged me, and the rest of merry old England, to an Australia vs. England avian showdown. The idea is that hopefully we will be able to highlight some of our representative nation’s greatest bird species, as well as adding a little fuel to the commonwealth rivalry fire. … More The Great Commonwealth Bird Fight: Round 1 – Flyweight
Today (20th February 2016) is the fifth annual World Pangolin Day and the Sunda pangolin was recently voted as the world’s 3rd most underrated species in an Arkive poll, so what better time to celebrate and raise awareness of the amazing animals we call PANGOLINS! Etymology and Taxonomy Pangolins, also known as scaly anteaters, are … More Amazing Species Profile: Pangolins!
Two recent articles in the most recent issue of Journal of Experimental Biology (JEB) featured animals that possess impressive “ballistic movements”, which sparked my interest in the mechanics of superfast motion. This is the first in a series of blog posts featuring animals that are capable of performing incredible high-velocity movements. What Are Ballistic Movements? … More Going Ballistic – The Mantis Shrimp’s Superfast Punches
This is it, your back is against the wall, it’s life or death. What do you do? Do you pull off your arm and run for it? Do you smear yourself in faeces? Or just drop and play dead? Nature, in its infinite wisdom, has created some truly fascinating and disgusting ways for inhabitatants of … More Weird & Wonderful Animal Defences