astronomy-to-zoology:

White-eyed Gull (Ichthyaetus leucophthalmus)

…a small species of gull (Laridae) which is endemic to the area in and around the Red Sea, where it breeds on inshore islands like the Siyal Islands. 

White-eyed gulls are currently listed as near threatened by the IUCN, as it faces threats from human pressure and oil pollution 

Classification

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Image(s): Alexander Vasenin

astronomy-to-zoology:

White-breasted Waterhen

 (Amaurornis phoenicurus)

is a bird of the family Rallidae (rails). they can be found throughout most of Southeast Asia and parts of India. they are large in terms of rails at 32cm long. like most rails they can be found in marshes and wet areas but are also seen in plains and higher hills. they have a diet of mostly fish small invertebrates and sees like most aquatic birds.

an individual can be identified by their white and black body with red tail feathers and yellow bill and legs. chicks like in all rails are pure black. they are also fairly vocal animals which is unusual among rails.

Phylogeny

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(via rhamphotheca)

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