Posts Tagged "Zurich"

  • Capybara

    Capybara

    The Capybara is the largest living rodent in the world. Rather gentle and harmless looking creature, sweet like squirrels but very unlike the typical long tailed rodent one sees in Mumbai. A note from wiki: The capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) is the largest extant rodent in the world. Its closest relatives are agouti, chinchillas, coyphillas, and guinea pigs. Native to South America, the capybara inhabits savannas and dense forests and lives near bodies of…



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  • Keel-Billed Toucan

    Keel-Billed Toucan

    Another beauty from my Zurich visit. The Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus), also known as Sulfur-breasted Toucan or Rainbow-billed Toucan, is a colorful Latin American member of the toucan family. It is the national bird of Belize. Keel-billed toucans have zygodactyl feet (or feet with toes facing in different directions) – two toes face forward and two face back. Because toucans spend a large portion of time in the trees, this helps the…



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  • White-Naped Crane

    White-Naped Crane

    Seen in Zurich. A rather striking face this one has. The White-Naped Crane breeds in northeastern Mongolia, northeastern China, and adjacent areas of southeastern Russia. Different groups of the birds migrate to winter near the Yangtze River, the DMZ in Korea and on Kyūshū in Japan. They also reach Kazakhstan and Taiwan. About 4,900 – 5,400 individuals remain in the wild. The White-Naped Crane is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species



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  • European White Stork

    European White Stork

    Seen in the Zurich Zoo Conservation facility. The love, care, attention and professionalism displayed there are leagues ahead of any Indian facility. I spent 6 hours or so there, which in itself is too less to see the entire facility well, or even to spend enough time seeing all the wonderful creatures housed there. Next visit, I guess. Wiki info:…



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  • Cuban Finch

    Cuban Finch

    Another lovely one from Zurich. I didn’t find much information on this one excepting that this bird is also called the Melodius Finch, Grassquit, Cuban Grassquit. And that it originated from Cuba, Jamaica and islands in the area. Will post more information once I find some. Do let me know if you know something about it. ©2012 Rahul Jauhari. All rights reserved.



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  • Chapman’s Zebra

    Chapman’s Zebra

    I shot this stunning chap in Zurich. The Chapman’s Zebra is a sub-species of the plains Zebra. These chaps are distinguished by stripes on the lower halves of the legs, which break up into many irregular brown spots. When foals are born they have brown stripes and in some cases adults do not develop the black colouration in their fur…



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  • Blue-Necked Tanager

    Blue-Necked Tanager

    Another lovely bird I had the fortune of sighting in the Zurich Zoo. The Blue-necked Tanager (Tangara cyanicollis) is a species of bird in the Thraupidae family. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montaneforests, and heavily degraded former forest. Ref: wikipedia ©2012 Rahul Jauhari. All rights reserved.



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  • Red Siskin

    Red Siskin

    The Red Siskin, Carduelis cucullata, is a small passerine bird. I was fortunate enough to see this absolute stunner of a bird in a conservation project within the Zurich Zoo premises. Sadly, it is also a bird that is on the endangered species list. Massive illegal trapping for the cage bird trade seems to have been the biggest reason behind this wonderful little bird’s downfall….



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