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  • Three-wattled bellbird
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The three-wattled bellbird (Procnias tricarunculatus) is a Central American migratory bird...
  • Three-wattled bellbird 💔VULNERABLE💔 #mental_wildlife The three-wattled bellbird (Procnias tricarunculatus) is a Central American migratory bird of the cotinga family. The sexes are very dis-similar in appearance. The male has a white head and throat and the remaining plumage is chestnut brown. From the base of his beak dangle three long, slender, black wattles that he uses in display. The female has olive plumage with yellowish streaked underparts and a yellow vent area. Because of the secretive behavior of this bird, it is often only detected by the distinctive bell-like call given by the males. At close range, the vocalization of many in Costa Rica is heard as a complex three-part song, the "bonk" giving the bird its name. This hollow, wooden "bonk" is thought to be among the loudest bird calls on Earth, audible to humans from over 0.5 mi (0.80 km) away. The song is different in Nicaragua and in also Panama, and these songs also include an extremely loud, but less bell-like, note. The song may also be a short "Heee-Ahhh". The population trend of the three-wattled bellbird is on a downward trend because of destruction of the bird's forest habitat. The International Union for Conservation of Naturehas assessed their conservation status as "vulnerable". Photo: unknown #three #3 #bell #bird #centralamerica #loud #song #call #voice #your_best_birds #bestbirdshots #bb_of_ig #kings_birds #bird_brilliance #eye_spy_birds #bns_birds #feather_perfection #thebirdingsquad #birdsandblooms #birds_illife #sassy_birds #birds_captures #nature_worldwide_birds #ip_birds #fridayfowl #total_birds #birdsofinstagram #amazing
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  • Feather legged assassin bug
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Ptilocnemus lemur is a species of feather-legged bug in the family Reduviidae native to Australia. Co...
  • Feather legged assassin bug #mental_wildlife Ptilocnemus lemur is a species of feather-legged bug in the family Reduviidae native to Australia. Commonly known as the feather-legged assassin bug, it is a predator with a specialized gland called a trichome that it uses to attract and paralyse ants before feeding on them. Ptilocnemus lemur is a moderate sized assassin bug. It has a small head with a pair of feathery antennae with three segments, and a large down-curving proboscis, a wide thorax and a moderately broad abdomen. The wings have three veins. The hind pair of legs are much larger than the other two pairs and the tibiae of these are heavily clad with bristles. The head and thorax are yellowish-brown and the abdomen mottled grey and black. Both adults and nymphs of this assassin bug are specialist predators on ants. The feeding behaviour of the nymph has been closely studied. It stands near an ant trail and waves one of its hairy hind legs to attract the attention of a passing ant, the jack jumper ant(Myrmecia pilosula) often being targeted. The prey may be bigger than the nymph, and is also lured towards the bug by the release of a pheromone. When an ant approaches, the nymph raises its body so that the ant can taste the secretion produced by the trichome. The bug waits for the ant to grab its hind leg and then turns round and plunges the styletsin the proboscis into a weak spot in the ant's cuticle, the joint at the back of the head. It then jerks and shakes the ant around, perhaps to prevent it from biting, and injects saliva into the wound. The ant soon dies and the bug may carry it to a crevice or other concealed spot. When the body contents of the ant have liquefied, the bug sucks out the body fluids. Photo: unknown. #cute #feather #moth #eye #eyes #protect #kings_insects #tgif_insects #bns_buginsects #ip_insects #insects_of_our_world #insectguru #pocket_insects #insect #insects #macro_brilliance #macro_perfection #macro_vision #macronature #macrophotography #macro_vision #macroclique #beautiful #micro #photooftheday #nature #nature_brilliance #nature_perfection #nature_sultans
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  • Gouldian finch
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The Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae), also known as the Lady Gouldian finch, Gould's finch or the rainbow finch...
  • Gouldian finch #mental_wildlife The Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae), also known as the Lady Gouldian finch, Gould's finch or the rainbow finch, is a colourful passerine bird endemic to Australia. There is strong evidence of a continuing decline, even at the best-known site near Katherine in the Northern Territory. Large numbers are bred in captivity, particularly in Australia. In the state of South Australia, National Parks & Wildlife Department permit returns in the late 1990s showed that over 13,000 Gouldian finches were being kept by aviculturists. Both sexes are brightly coloured with black, green, yellow, and red markings. The females tend to be less brightly coloured. One major difference between the sexes is that the male's chest is purple, while the female's is a lighter mauve. Outside the breeding season, Gouldian finches often join mixed flocks consisting of long-tailed finches and masked finches. This is probably a defense against predation. Flocks used to consist of up to 1,000–2,000 individuals. During the breeding season they are usually found on rough scree slopes where vegetation is sparse. In the dry season, they are more nomadic and will move to wherever there is food and water. In 1992, it was classified as "endangered in the wild" under IUCN's criteria C2ai. This was because the viable population size was estimated to be less than 2,500 mature individuals, no permanent subpopulation was known to contain more than 250 mature individuals, and that a continuing decline was observed in the number of mature individuals. It is currently subject to a conservation program. Photo: unknown #animalkingdom #naturephotography #naturalworld #naturelovers #wildlifeplanet #wildlifeonearth #wildlifeaddicts #wildlifegeographic #natgeowild #wildlifephotographs #naturegram #planetearth #animals #animalphotos #wildlife #amazing #beautiful #photooftheday #uniqueanimals #picoftheday #conservation #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #visualsoflife #cute #weirdandwonderful #instanature #wildlife_perfection #wildlife_seekers
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  • Gila monster
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The Gila monster is a species of venomous lizard native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexican s...
  • Gila monster #mental_wildlife The Gila monster is a species of venomous lizard native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexican state of Sonora. A heavy, slow-moving lizard, up to 60 cm (2.0 ft) long, the Gila monster is the only venomous lizard native to the United States and one of only two known species of venomous lizards in North America, the other being its close relative, the Mexican beaded lizard (H. horridum).Though the Gila monster is venomous, its sluggish nature means it represents little threat to humans. However, it has earned a fearsome reputation and is sometimes killed despite being protected by state law in Arizona. The Gila monster is found in the Southwestern United States and Mexico, a range including Sonora, Arizona, parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and New Mexico (potentially including Baja California). They inhabit scrubland, succulent desert, and oak woodland, seeking shelter in burrows, thickets, and under rocks in locations with ready access to moisture. In fact, Gila monsters seem to like water and can be observed immersing themselves in puddles of water after a summer rain. They avoid living in open areas such as flats and farmland. The Gila monster can bite quickly (especially by swinging its head sideways) and hold on tenaciously and painfully. If bitten, the victim may need to fully submerge the attacking lizard in water to break free from its bite. Symptoms of the bite include excruciating pain, edema, and weakness associated with a rapid drop in blood pressure. Photo: Cameron Rognan. #animalkingdom #naturephotography #naturalworld #naturelovers #wildlifeplanet #wildlifeonearth #wildlifeaddicts #wildlifegeographic #natgeowild #wildlifephotographs #naturegram #planetearth #animals #animalphotos #wildlife #amazing #beautiful #photooftheday #uniqueanimals #awesome #picoftheday  #conservation #naturelovers #lizard #visualsoflife #cute  #weirdandwonderful  #desert  #wildlife_perfection #reptile
  • 1139 5 5 days ago
  • Cuttlefish hatching

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Cuttlefish are marine animals of the order Sepiida. Cuttlefish have a unique internal shell, the cuttlebone....
  • Cuttlefish hatching #mental_wildlife Cuttlefish are marine animals of the order Sepiida. Cuttlefish have a unique internal shell, the cuttlebone. Despite their name, cuttlefish are not fish but molluscs. Male cuttlefish challenge one another for dominance and the best den during mating season. During this challenge, no direct contact is usually made. The animals threaten each other until one of them backs down and swims away. Eventually, the larger male cuttlefish mate with the females by grabbing them with their tentacles, turning the female so that the two animals are face-to-face, then using a specialized tentacle to insert sperm sacs into an opening near the female's mouth. The male then guards the female until she lays the eggs a few hours later. On occasion, a large competitor arrives to threaten the male cuttlefish. In these instances, the male will first attempt to intimidate the other fish. If the competitor does not flee, the male will eventually attack it to force it away, and the confrontation turns physical. The cuttlefish that can paralyze the other first, by forcing it near its mouth, would win the fight and the female. Since there are, on average, four or five ( and sometimes as many as ten) males for every female, this kind of behavior is inevitable. Cuttlefish are indeterminate growers, so smaller cuttlefish always have a chance at finding a mate the next year, when they are bigger. Additionally, cuttlefish unable to win in a direct confrontation with a guard male have been observed employing several other tactics to acquire a mate. The most successful of these methods is camouflage; smaller cuttlefish will use their camouflage abilities to disguise themselves as a female cuttlefish. Photo unknown. #animalkingdom #naturephotography #naturalworld #naturelovers #wildlifeplanet #wildlifeonearth #wildlifeaddicts #wildlifegeographic #natgeowild #wildlifephotographs #naturegram #planetearth #animals #animalphotos #wildlife #amazing #beautiful #photooftheday #uniqueanimals #awesome #picoftheday  #conservation #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #visualsoflife #cute  #weirdandwonderful  #instanature  #wildlife_perfection #wildlife_seekers
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