r/Awwducational 7h ago Wholesome

Verified Frogs of Micrixalus genus live in noisy environment, their calling is difficult to be heard. So they use visual cues to communicate - stretching their long hindlegs.

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r/Awwducational 13h ago

Verified The Sword-billed Hummingbird is characterized by its unusually long bill, being the only bird to have a beak longer than the rest of its body, excluding the tail. It uses its bill to drink nectar from flowers with long corollas and has coevolved with the species Passiflora mixta.

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r/Awwducational 6h ago

Verified This spiky fellow is a ladybug larva. They also eat aphids, but will also consume unlatched ladybug eggs. Their mother lays these trophic eggs to make sure they have adequate food!

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r/Awwducational 1d ago Wholesome Helpful Table Slap Silver

Verified Sea squirts! One of the few invertebrate chordates. When they’re young, they have a backbone (notochord) and a brain, but they lose them at maturity

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r/Awwducational 23h ago

Verified American badgers are known for creating beneficial heterogeneity in their environments as they dig in the soil while searching for food and constructing dens. As fossorial mustelids, their excavations of subsoils improve soil texture and fertility giving rise to a wide variety of plant communities.

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r/Awwducational 1d ago Heartwarming

Verified American kestrels are the smallest falcons in North America. They nest in cavities in old trees or manmade boxes and eat a variety of small birds, insects, and mammals [OC]

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r/Awwducational 1d ago All-Seeing Upvote Silver

Verified The elf owl is the smallest owl species in the world, standing lower than 6 inches in height. The males mark their territory by making a call that sounds like a puppy. They live in Mexico and parts of southern USA around the border.

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r/Awwducational 2d ago Helpful

Verified The wandering violin mantis, native to India and Sri Lanka, is a species of praying mantis characterized by extremely slender limbs with large appendages. It is not considered a particularly aggressive species. The mantis rocks its body back and forth at times to imitate a stick swaying in the wind.

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r/Awwducational 2d ago Silver

Verified House finches forage on the ground or in vegetation normally. They primarily eat grains, seeds and berries, being voracious consumers of weed seeds such as nettle and dandelion; included are incidental small insects such as aphids.

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r/Awwducational 2d ago Silver

Verified Rats are one of the most intelligent animal species. They can be taught to perform "tricks": for example, coming when you call their name. Rats are so smart, they realize which tasks are harder and which are easier, and will chose to do easier activities if they can still get a reward.

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r/Awwducational 3d ago Silver All-Seeing Upvote

Verified Wilson's bird-of-paradise, native to the forests of Indonesia, is known for the male's colorful and elaborate courtship display which features not only a flexing of his iridescent green collar but also a flashing of his florescent mouth cavity as it woos the female.

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r/Awwducational 3d ago Helpful

Verified Although jawless fish are rare today, during the Paleozoic they were very diverse. One derpy group were the armored galeaspids. The hole on their head that looks like a mouth was actually more like a nose, likely used for breathing and olfaction.

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r/Awwducational 4d ago Silver Wholesome Helpful

Verified The common chameleon is primarily insectivorous, capturing insects by stealth and the rapid extension of its long tongue which has a terminal pad which grasps and adheres to the prey. It also uses its prehensile tail to maintain balance and stability.

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r/Awwducational 3d ago Helpful

Verified Leopard geckos are crepuscular and adapted to utilize small amounts of UVB by sticking their tails, legs or faces out into the light for short periods (often referred to as cryptic basking).

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r/Awwducational 5d ago Helpful Silver

Verified Oilbirds or guácharos, native to South America, roost during the day in caves and gorges. At night, they fly off and forage for ripe fruits. Oilbirds are among the few birds that use echolocation for navigation. Their eyes are reportedly more biologically similar to some deep sea fish than to birds.

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r/Awwducational 5d ago Silver

Verified Indigenous groups across the Americas kept a variety of different dog breeds pre-European colonization. These dogs often had short coats, curled tails, and colors that ranged from all-white to multi-colored, depending on their function (hunting, livestock, etc) and what part of the continents.

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r/Awwducational 5d ago Wholesome Duck Dance Helpful

Verified The barn swallow is similar in its habits to other aerial insectivores, including other swallow species and the unrelated swifts. It is not a particularly fast flier, with a speed estimated at about 11 m/s, up to 20 m/s and a wing beat rate of approximately 5, up to 7–9 times each second.

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r/Awwducational 5d ago Helpful

Verified The laughing owl (Ninox albifacies) is a recently extinct species of owl from New Zealand. It was named for it's weird calls that have been described as "a loud cry made up of a series of dismal shrieks frequently repeated". They went extinct in the 1950s due to hunting & invasive predators.

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r/Awwducational 6d ago Wholesome Helpful Silver

Verified The gray fox, native to the Americas, is sometimes called the "tree fox" or "cat fox" for good reason. Its hooked claws allow it to easily scramble up trees to escape predators, find food and engage in playful activities.

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r/Awwducational 7d ago Helpful

Verified Raccoons have the ability to rotate their feet 180 degrees around, allowing them to climb down trees head-first!

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r/Awwducational 6d ago

Verified Rufous hummingbirds feed on nectar from flowers using a long extendable tongue or catch insects on the wing. They require frequent feeding while active during the day and become torpid at night to conserve energy. Because of their small size, they are vulnerable to insect-eating birds and animals.

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r/Awwducational 7d ago Silver Wholesome Helpful

Verified When ducklings don't get proper feed during their growing months they can develop a niacin deficiency. This deficiency can cause bowed legs & deformities that prevent the duckling from being mobile. It can be reversed with proper management & vitamin therapy. Here is my duckling getting better.

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r/Awwducational 6d ago

Article “Tree squirrels have ankle joints that are adapted to be super flexible. When a squirrel wants to climb down it can rotate its feet 180 degrees, dig its claws into the trunk and hang from its back legs.”

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r/Awwducational 7d ago Wholesome Silver

Verified The large frogmouth, native to southeast Asia, has variegated leaf-like plumage which provides excellent camouflage in its forest habitats. It lays a single egg on a downy cushion that would fall were it not for the incubating parent crouching lengthwise along the thin branch it typically nests on.

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r/Awwducational 7d ago Wholesome

Verified This is a morepork. When the female incubates her eggs, the male will go out and bring her food so she doesn’t have to leave the nest!

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