Apr 272014
 

Penguin here.

Blue Bear and I love to go out and watch birds as they come and go. When we vacation from place to place, we’re always sure to keep an eye on the different kinds of birds we see.

Although we have never laid eyes on one previously, the bird below is a ruby-crowned kinglet. Ruby-crowned kinglets are found in North America. Although you might think you can spot one easily thanks to its red crown, it actually turns out that they mostly keep it hidden. You can read all about them here at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: All About Birds, one of our favourite sites.

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Found here: Photo by Monte Stinnett

Apr 172014
 

Hey all. So, I was watching a speed run of Mega Man X4 before, and one of the bosses in that game is ‘cyber peacock’, which made me think, we’ve not posted many of these impressive birds here on ACAD. Many birds show off impressive dances, singing, or displays when they’re looking for a mate, but I’d say the peacock definitely has one of the flashiest displays of them all. Check it out:

Peacock Showing Off For Peahen

Peacock Showing Off For Peahen

Found on Wikipedia

Apr 152014
 

Penguin here.

I think this is the first time we’ve posted a gibbon on ACAD. Gibbons are not monkeys. They are lesser apes and are actually native to Asia. They are tailless and move about by swinging from branch to branch, or walking on 2 feet using their arms for balance. You can read about all this and more on Wikipedia’s Gibbon article.

Gibbon Mother with Baby

Gibbon Mother with Baby

Photo by afrank99. License information can be found here.

Apr 132014
 

Penguin here.

Things have been so busy around here lately that I must say that I feel quite a bit like this baby panda bear who is so adorably stretching. Did you know that the giant panda produces the smallest baby proportional to its adult size than any other placental mammal? Baby pandas weigh in at about 90 to 130 grams. Full grown pandas weigh in at 100 to 115 kg. You can read this and other interesting tidbits about the panda here on Wikipedia’s Giant panda article.

Baby Panda Cub Stretch

Baby Panda Cub Stretch

Found here: Picopanda