Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Monday, June 19, 2017

Most Colorful: Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Duck. Photo: Chokchai Leangsuksun/Audubon Photography Awards

Most Colorful: Mandarin Duck

The male Mandarin Duck—a close relative of the Wood Duck—has the most elaborate combination of plumage, with bright red and orange cheeks, a cobalt and magenta chest, and dazzling patches that blanket him from end to end. These stunning creatures, native to eastern Russia, China, Japan, and Korea, far outshine their female counterparts, which are predominantly brown. Way to steal the show, Dad!


Longest Schnoz: Sword-billed Hummingbird

Sword-billed Hummingbird. Photo: Andy Morffew/Flickr CC (BY-ND 2.0)
True to its name, the Sword-billed Hummingbird has a beak that measures up to four inches. But bigger isn’t always better: Because his bill is longer than his metallic-colored body, this South American critter has trouble balancing. The good news is that he has to maintain really great posture.

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