Tibet remains one of those difficult diplomatic and political, and ethical challenges for the entire world. This is even more so, for India.
Considering that China’s defeat of independent Tibetan army in 1949 and the signing of an agreement by the then Tibetan government, the situation was rife for debate and conflict: The government of China recognizes Tibet as autonomous provincial entity of the mainland China but the government of Tibet in Exile seeks independence for Tibet. And there are other disputes which include what constitutes Tibet i.e. the geography of Tibet.
Dalai Lama who is the symbolic head of the Tibet government in exile was welcomed to India in 1950’s and since then the Dalai Lama has made Dharma Shala (in India) his home. Of course, the government of China has been very displeased with this arrangement. Furthermore, in China’s view Tibet also includes Arunachala Pradesh — a province in India.
Thus there are many issues of possible dispute between India and China with regard to Tibet. But over time China and India have let the status quo prevail for the sake of Bat Poop. Both countries have been focused on economic growth and development.
However, the forthcoming Olympic games in summer, and Tibet’s recent energetic and loud demands and protests all around the world for independence and Dalai Lama’s nuanced stance (of both supporting the Olympic games and the aspirations of the Tibetans for independence) in the context of long-standing support of India for Dalai Lama has made it a knotty situation.
Here’s the crux of the problem: should India be centered on its own immediate national interests based on evaluation of geo-political, territorial, economic and safety problems? Or if India be an agent for fostering religious and cultural freedom and diversity consistent with its traditions (even though it led to serious consequences to immediate political and economic interests)? The answer to these questions will determine India’s answer to the present Tibetan turmoil such as the relay of Olympic torch in New Delhi later in April.
Early this month, Saab Group, which is the largest producer of defence in Sweden, announced its withdrawal from an international trade deal with Venezuela concerning weapons. It must be mentioned that the Swedish company used to be one of the major suppliers of weapons to the South American nation. However, Saab said that it could no longer continue with such an international trade deal.
According to Saab Group, it couldn’t sell anti-tank and anti-aircraft apparatus to the Latin nation because of an arms ban imposed by the US on Venezuela. Under the embargo, defence manufacturers could not sell to Venezuela any weapon, which is made in the US or which has one or more US-made parts. Before the arms coverage, Bofors, which is a subsidiary of Saab Group, had provided the South American country with weapons during the previous twenty years. The recent embargo though has finished the worldwide trade deal on arms between the Swedish firm and Venezuela.
Bofors will officially quit trading weapons with Venezuela on October 1 in compliance with the policy implemented by the US government last May. It must be noted that during the previous decades, Sweden had supplied anti-tank rifles, rocket launchers, and anti-aircraft missiles into Venezuela that amounted to about $150 million. Currently, Venezuela isn’t involved in a new International Trade deal on weapons. However, experts said that President Hugo Chavez would soon discover the need to replace its old weapons and increase its missile supply.
The embassy of the United States in Sweden commended the compliance of the Saab Group to the embargo that barred the trade of weapons to countries that did not fully cooperate with the struggle against terrorism led by the US government. Venezuelan officials were taken by surprise after the new had been released. Defence Minister Raul Isaias Baduel told to reporters that the government wasn’t officially informed by Bofors regarding its withdrawal from the worldwide trade deal on arms. But he said that he would be discussing the matter with Mr. Chavez so as to come up with an official reaction to the news.
After the news came out, a military official stated that Venezuela is also considering to negotiate an international trade deal with Switzerland regarding weapons. He added that although the doorway of Sweden had already closed, other countries would soon open for Venezuela. Although trade between Sweden and Venezuela ended, the latter has found another partner, which is Russia. Recently, Mr. Chavez visited the country where he signed several important trade agreements including the purchase of weapons, military airplanes, and helicopters. Mr. Chavez was able to close the deal because the weapons manufactured in Russia do not contain US-made pieces. Prior to the worldwide trade deal between the two nations, the US had warned Russia not to sell arms to Venezuela. The visit of Mr. Chavez to Russia was part of a series of international trips, which were aimed at seeking trade opportunities and gaining the support of other state regarding Venezuela’s bid to join the UN Security council.
Thai premier Surayud Chulanont has reacted to escalating violence in Thailand’s southernmost areas by travel to the region and making his latest move towards ending decades of violence.
The insurgency in southern Thailand has received significant media attention in the wake of a series of violent incidents based in the three southern provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.
The history of the separatist movement can be traced back to the early twentieth century when in 1902 Patani was annexed by Thailand (then known as Siam). Seven decades after Thailand was given sovereignty over the area from a treaty with Great Britain. Patani was divided into the three aforementioned provinces, along with two districts of Songkhla, in 1933.
Patani was a Malay Sultanate and because of this over three quarters of the population from the three southern provinces today are Muslim. Whilst having some linguistic and cultural similarities with the Malays of Malaysia, Thailand’s southern Malay community keeps a distinct identity and sense of independence.
As far back as the 1930s there was a drive to establish an independent southern state. The movement has taken many forms and the ideology has changed between a desire to establish this independent state and a desire to establish cultural autonomy. Separatist groups have continued to be active until the present day.
The resurgence of violence in the turn of the new millennium has cast a deathly shadow over Thailand’s southernmost place. The problems haven’t been aided by the words and actions of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his government who until 2004 insisted that criminal gangs, as opposed to insurgents, were responsible for the violence.
When martial law was declared in the southern provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat in January of 2004, the situation worsened as Thai troops and police were responsible for the deaths of over a hundred Muslims in a string of attacks.
Attempts to set up a dialog with the insurgents have been riddled with problems surrounding the anonymity of the movements’ leaders.
On August 31, 22 banks were simultaneously bombed in Yala, whilst on September 16 six motorcycle bombs killed four people in Hat Yai as attacks overran into the neighboring province.
The military coup and current political volatility in Thailand has done little to quell the friction in the South and strikes have persisted. On Thursday November 2, military-appointed Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont made a speech to 1200 Muslims in Pattani province apologizing for the problems created by the previous government, primarily resulting from the Kru Se Mosque and Tak Bai events which happened in April and October of 2004 respectively.
The Kru Se Mosque incident happened when 32 insurgents sought refuge in Pattani’s most sacred place of worship following a coordinated assault on 100 police outposts.
The Tak Bai massacre was spurred by a demonstration demanding the release of six men arrested for allegedly supplying weapons to insurgents. The demonstration became a massacre when the army used tear gas to control the crowd. Shooting began shortly afterwards and scores of sailors were rounded up, piled as many as five individuals high in trucks and driven for five hours. 85 men perished in all, 78 of whom suffocated from the trucks.
The newly-installed premier’s pledge to rid the southern states of violence has thus far been unsuccessful as attacks continue to break out on an almost daily basis. Surayud stated that his government is only going to use peaceful means to end the century tensions, although there has been no mention of the potential for an independent state. Surayud has rather made clear his intentions are to unify Thailand.
The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre was recently revived, after a five year absence, and is now led by Phranai Suwannarat who has been charged with instilling peace into the area.
The present government has been very vocal about the negative implications of the previous government’s actions, but as of yet it is uncertain how the newly-revived body will handle the circumstance.
Surayud has already done what Thaksin refused to: he’s apologized. However, this is just a single step on an already long trip that will most likely take years to finish. If Thailand is to unify itself then steps must be taken to eliminate the feelings of alienation felt by the country’s Muslim population.
The gorgeous Isle of Cyprus is a popular destination for holiday makers from all over Europe especially the British. However not everyone knows that part of the country is under occupation by an invading army. In 1974 the Turkish army invaded the North of Cyprus and have been there ever since. They have announced the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus or TRNC as it has also been called but sadly no other country in the world recognizes it. Actually most countries including those within the U.N. and the E.U run trade embargoes against North Cyprus. Air Travel to the North of the Island is also banned by most countries and tourist wishing to see there must fly into Turkey first.
The events in Cyprus leading up to the 1974 invasion were turbulent to say the least and some observers claim that the Turks used this as a justification. During the British occupation of the Island there was a powerful political movement towards”Enosis” or union with Greece which many Greek Cypriots considered to be their motherland. There was a long battle with the British for independence and out of this desire for Enosis was born EOKA or Ethniki Organosis Kyprion Agoniston translated in English to National Organization of Cypriot Fighters. These guerrilla fighters were heralded as national heroes in Cyprus’s struggle for independence and there are lots of monuments erected in their memory dotted around the Island. In 1971 after the overthrow of the government in Greece from the military junta EOKA b was formed in Cyprus with a renewed emphasis on Enosis with the mainland.
The final outcome of the struggle saw the formation of a coalition style government with representation by both Turkish and Greek Cypriots according to a percentage scale. The Greek Cypriots of course being in the majority, which led their Turkish compatriots to whine that they were under represented. In fact following suggested changes in the constitution the Turks withdrew from the Islands government amid a period of inter-communal violence and most of the Turkish Cypriot population retreated into defensive enclaves.
Thousands of Greek Cypriots were forced to flee their homes with only what they could carry leaving all their land and businesses behind. Even now (2007) these displaced Cypriots still consider themselves refugees and the Cyprus government shares their view. The Turkish authorities encouraged nationals to move to North Cyprus and has tens of thousands of it’s troops stationed there too. The border between the North and Southern Cyprus is patrolled by the United Nations peacekeeping force whilst the capital Nicosia remains the last divided city in the world. Since Turkey expressed her desire for ascension into the European Union that the”Cyprus problem” is beneath the global spot light and all those involved are attempting to work out a solution.
No one can predict how many issues of the long standing dispute will be settled but emotions on either side still run deep. Visitors to Cyprus especially the Famagusta area will see that many small business owners proudly display old photos of premises they left behind in 1974. The disputes over land being sold for development in North Cyprus also continues to add fuel to the political fire too. There’s little doubt that both sides still have a ways to go before they expect to see any solutions to the issues regarding the occupation of North Cyprus.
He Flag of Mexico is rich with historical symbolism. The tricolors of white, green and red with the coat-of-arms centered in the white middle stripe were adopted by Mexico following their independence from Spain during the War of Independence in 1821.
There have been adjustments to the flag throughout background but the coat of arms has ever featured a royal eagle holding a serpent on top of a cactus. The current coat of arms was designed in 1968 by Helguera. Legend says that the Aztecs, then a nomadic tribe wandering throughout Mexico, were waiting for a sign from the gods telling them to build their capital city. Their god, Huitzilopochtli told them to search until they found a place where they saw an eagle, devouring a serpent while perched on a prickly pear tree, growing out of a rock submerged in a lake. After drifting for two hundred years, they found this mythical eagle on a small island in Lake Texcoco and built their capital, Tenochtitlan, where the main plaza in Mexico City is now located.
Through the years the three colors of green, white and red on the flag have remained the same but the meaning of these colors has changed. The green stripe represents Independence from Spain or may signify Hope. The white stripe represents purity of the Catholic religion or Unity. The red stripe represents Heroes blood or Religion.
When the flag of Mexico is paraded in front of a crowd, bystanders raise their right arm, put their hand on their chest parallel to the heart. The hand is level with the palm facing the floor. This salute is referred to as the El Saludo Civil de la Bandera Nacional. On February 24 annually a national party, Dia de la Bandera, Flag Day is held. This commemorates this day in 1821, when all of the factions fighting in the Mexican War of Independence combined together to form the Army of Three Guarantees.
A rather interesting thing to read on a very popular political Website is it not? But this is precisely what is happening as sympathizers and mislead do-gooders promote Palestinians and their plight. If you will remember Israel recent caved into demands and gave back land, which it had settlers on, but did that stop the murderous suicide bombings? Yet 1 blogger using a selective and very short memory conditions;
“FACT: ISRAEL IS OCCUPYING, STEALING LAND, COMMITTING INTERNATIONAL CRIMES AND MURDERING THE PEOPLE IT OCCUPIES.”
Again this is only opinion and selective interpretation of global law. And what happens when you give details to these bloggers on the Internet? They just go away for a couple of hours to spew their misdirection someplace else and assault you spelling, sentence structure or typing mistakes look at this comment from a supporter of Hamas and International Terrorism who stated;
“Loads of typing msitakes. . .but I really wonder why I bother with closed minded people..please go see for yourself.”
You have attacked my character, education, reading, religion (you assumed initially, as I have none), my nation, my military and now when you’re attacking me typing? What are you thinking? Irrelevant, as you had a miss stroke on the term”mistake”
Israel has the right to defend itself from Hamas including a full out war; if that is what it takes to insure safety of its people and/or an attack on the Iranian Nuclear Plants, research centers, as they have promised to”Blow Israel off the map!” And is funding Hamas.
Indeed the USA has every right to cause action with Iran including and not limited to; full scale embargo and sealing off the borders of that nation where nothing gets in or out and/or attack on the Nuclear Enrichment research and development centers that are being used to create nuclear bombs. Iran is a nation-state, which supports insurgents in Iraq and international terrorists. No amount of white wash will convince me to not take a hard line on these matters. We have to protect the American People, our allies and assets no matter what. No matter what! Consider this in 2006.
The 2008 calendar indicates another spring has arrived in North America and also the indications of the new season are everywhere. Buds have appeared on trees, heralding the arrival of fresh leaves. The higher daylight and the warming sun act as harbingers for the appearance of flowering plants that will soon begin their summer cycle of growth. Nurseries and home improvement stores; such as, Home Depot and Loews, are selling crops, rakes, shovels, compost, and fertilizer.
Indeed, the familiar signs of spring are everywhere. However, once again this year, there’s a real problem in nature that’s tempering agricultural enthusiasm for the upcoming growing season. It is an issue that was first identified in 2006. The issue continues to be the disappearance of the honey bee. Once again there is little progress to report from research into this puzzle surrounding the honey bee named Colony Collapse Infection (CCD).
CCD occurs when all adult bees disappear from the hive, leaving the honey and pollen behind. Few, if any, dead bees are found around the hive. Between 50 and 90% of the commercial honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies in america have been affected with CCD and the problem is making it hard for U.S. commercial beekeepers to pollinate plants. About a quarter of beekeeping operations were affected by CCD during the 2006-2007 winter alone. It’s estimated that up to 70% of honey bees in the United States have just disappeared due to Colony Collapse Disorder. The problem has continued throughout the winter of 2007-2008.
Besides the continuing problem of CCD, believe news reports indicate significant regional issues with dying honey bees this spring in the United States. In Hawaii, a microscopic mite is catastrophic Oahu’s honey bee population and the long term affects could wipe out much of the island’s agriculture. Western Washington State has a growing agricultural catastrophe as bees are dying from a new pathogen called Nosema Ceranae. This fungus attacks the bee’s gut, making it impossible to process food and the parasitic eventually starves to death.
Generally speaking, the various problems with disappearing and dying honey bees are quickly taking a toll on the complete United States beekeeping industry. It’s been reported that the amount of keepers who produce more than 6,000 pounds of honey annually has declined from 2,054 in 2005, (the year before keepers began experiencing colony collapse) to about 1,100 this year.
Internationally, a lack of a sufficient number of honey bees is responsible this spring for issues in blueberry pollination in Canada. The Fraser Valley produces about one-fifth of the world’s blueberries, but no longer has a sufficient number of honey bees to support its blueberry pollination, and honey bees are presently being imported for pollination.
In England and Wales, proposals to protect honey bees have recently been announced by the authorities. But, bee keepers complain of a lack of research funding and the slow pace of governmental response since the amount of honey bees continues in decline.
It’s now estimated that nearly half of Italy’s 50 billion bee population died last year. That bee mortality rate will have a drastic effect on the country’s 25-million-euro honey sector (which could plummet by at least 50% in 2008) and wreak havoc on fruit crops. The worldwide bee outbreak has also hit France, Germany, Britain, Brazil, and Australia.
The higher cost of energy in food production and transportation has already led to a world food price inflation of 45 percent in the past nine months alone. There are serious global shortages of rice, wheat, and corn. The increasing cost of food has just been responsible for deadly clashes in Egypt, Haiti, and many African states.
However, if the population of the honey bee continues to decrease, worldwide events from higher prices and shortages of food will have only just begun. The pollination of the honey bee is crucial to agriculture and the world’s food supply. With no honey bee, prices of vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, and dairy prices will all spiral much greater.
The disappearance of the honey bee poses a threat to ingesting premium ice cream also. The company is starting a new flavor this spring named Vanilla Honey Bee to raise consumer awareness about the issue. Proceeds from the sale of the ice cream will be used to fund CCD research.
The ramifications to our lifestyle and diet are enormous, but government’s reaction to the developing food crisis has been limited and slow. The disappearing honey bee issue hasn’t been discussed in any Presidential debate or in any effort forum. In actuality, both of our major political parties have been silent on the problem.
Hopefully, American politicians on the campaign trail in the 2008 United States presidential election like Haagen- Daz products. The reality is that Vanilla Honey Bee ice cream might be the only way to bring the candidates focus on some serious, developing, agricultural crisis. A world with no honey bee pollination will create a food crisis of economic, national, and international ramifications. Indeed, it’s another year without a solution to the problem of disappearing honey bees.
How do Manitoba garter snakes endure the cold Canadian prairie winter? Although snakes evolved in the tropics, some of these slimy often feared creatures of the wild and mythology have over the eons evolved to have adapted to cooler and even downright cold climates. Yet snakes for sure can’t survive if really frosty frozen. How on earth do these animals endure the cold Canadian winters? The answer simply is that these snakes seek refuge in the floor under the cold”frost” line and essentially hibernate there doing the long winter season.
The red-sided garter snake that’s known to inhabit the”Interlake” areas of the Canadian province of Manitoba ranges further north than any other snake in North America, winters in communal dens, which occasionally can comprise up to 8,000 snakes.
These winter dens are known as”hibernacula” or just”winter dens”. Some of the largest concentrations of them are from the area west of Lake Winnipeg, in the”Interlake” region of Manitoba west of the major centers of Gimli and Winnipeg Beach. These dens are sinkholes in the local limestone stone produced simply when underground caverns have collapsed. The resulting fissures and crevices in the limestone bedrock give the snakes access to depths below the frost line, a necessity since winter temperatures in the area can often dip to minus forty degrees centigrade which translates to – 40 degrees Fahrenheit as well. Its so cold in these areas the local have electrical”block” from the engine blocks of the cars that they plug into regular ac electrical jacks so as to start their cars at the dead of their – 40 degrees January winter cold temperatures.
You would think that you’re seeing a sight of more snakes in one location than anywhere else in the world and you’re most likely correct.
By early autumn these same garter snakes are now fat and firm with a great deal of carbohydrates and fat from their summer of feeding. Once they return to their dens that they won’t feed again for another six or seven weeks. They will live off their fat reserves from the summertime feedings. Interestingly these same snakes seem to arrive at the dens sooner than need be – in fact it could be a month of so before they actually need to arrive. This is yet another adaptation learnt and time tested from nature. As the autumn days get shorter and winter is nearer, temperatures are generally on the cooling trend. Snakes being cold blooded become sluggish during the cooler weather.
These garter snakes will be safely underground in their winter dens. It may be cold outside – very cold – yet these intelligent garter snakes, who along with nature sit tight hibernating in temperatures that are a couple of degrees above freezing. You might well believe that these simple garter snakes are smarter than many of the people you meet in your travels. Its like they know to plan ahead, to conserve food and energy and get out of the cold and go”south” for the winter.
The world is full of turtles. But how many distinct types of turtles are there? Many turtles are on the edge of extinction and others are on the endangered list. Let us take a look at the different sorts of turtles which can be found around the world.
Sea Turtles – These sorts of turtles are truly marine animals. They wander the waters of tropical oceans and only the females come ashore to lay their eggs in nests. They vary in size from nearly 2 1/2 feet to about 7 feet in carapace length. The shells of such turtles are heart shaped or oval in appearance. Their limbs are flippers instead of legs and are unable to encourage the turtle when on land. Sea turtles can no longer pull their heads back into their shells like other sorts of turtles. The sea turtles are one of the most endangered of the turtle families as urban development has infringed on their nesting sites.
Snapping Turtles – There are just three species in this family of turtles. They can be found throughout North America, in the southeastern regions of Asia and in South America, to the north. Such turtles all have large heads and a strong jaw with the upper jaw being hooked. They cannot fully retract their limbs or head in their shell and have fairly long tails. Such turtles have been roaming the earth for 65 million years. They have quite a diverse habitat in addition to mating habits and diet.
Pond Turtles – This is the largest group of turtles and can be found all around the world. Some species of pond turtles are carnivores while some are herbivores. They have many predators such as alligators and raccoons. These species are typically the kinds of turtles that are used in the pet trade.
Mud or Musk Turtles – These kinds of turtles emit an unpleasant odor when they’re disturbed. They feed on aquatic insects, small fish and amphibians as well as any crustacean they could find. The adults are rarely preyed upon by other animals; instead their eggs are coveted by an assortment of animals.
Tortoises – These kinds of turtles can boast the distinction of being the largest turtles that live on land. Tortoises feed on flowers, fruits and grasses though they’ve been known to feast on carrion. Typically, tortoises have heavy scales and feet which are not webbed. Their closest relatives are the pond turtles.
Softshell Turtles – These kinds of turtles may live in many types of waters with a soft bottom being required. They spend the majority of their time buried in sand.
Even though they are sea turtles, they’re a class unto themselves. They may be found swimming the waters of this world no matter if the waters are warm or cold. Their jaws lack potency so feed mostly on jellyfish. The adults have no known predators, instead it is the eggs and the hatchlings that are most vulnerable to predators. The leatherback is a truly endangered species because of erosion and evolution of the shores where the females land ashore to make their nests and lay their eggs.
The sloth bear is the only species in the genus Melursus. It’s a nocturnal creature of South Asia. Contrary to the implication of its name, the sloth bear is truly quite fast and can outrun a human being. There are many different theories as to where it gets its own name, including the idea that early explorers seen the bears lying upside down in trees, much like the general look of sloths. In the 1700s, it was classified as being a member of the sloth family, and accordingly named as”bear sloth”. It wasn’t until the 1800s, once the first live sloth bear arrived in Europe from India, that scientists were able to properly categorize it. Even though it can be very ferocious, leopards, tigers, and wolves are known to predate upon it or its young. Habitat destruction and poaching constitute the main threat to this species’ survival.
The sloth bear is a relatively small but stocky bear, draped in long, shaggy black fur. The particularly long hair around its neck gives off the image that it has a mane. There is a large white or yellow Y-shaped patch on its chest. Adult sloth bears generally weigh about 176 – 308 lbs for men and 121 – 187 lbs for females. It’s generally 4 ft 7 in to 6 ft 3 in in length.
Sloths are omnivorous, feeding on many different foods that have insects, plants, and animals. It’s been known to scavenge from tiger kills and even eat cultivated crops. When eating insects, they prefer termites, using their long claws to expose the insects’ nests. And, because of their dietary fondness of honey, they also have been known as honey bears.
Sloth bears inhabit a diverse array of woods, from dry thorn forests in the north of its range to the wet tropical forests in the south. They’re also found in grassland areas. Their range comprises areas of Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Bhutan.
Based on the limited available information, sloth bears appear to mate year-round. The gestation period is about 7 months, after which time the female gives birth to 1 – 3 cubs, with two generally being the case.
Birdwatching is your lifetime ticket to the theater of nature.
I hope you’ll find some good ideas here to help you have fun watching birds.
This is one of the best stress relieving hobbies in the world, I guarantee!
Spring Time! backyard birding Time! So, grab your binoculars, a nice tall glass of iced tea, and lets get started.
For birdwatchers in the southern countries, hummingbirds are already returning.
In my back yard are several hooks for hummingbird feeders. I will fill and hang the feeders during the first week of April, just prior to the oldest hummingbirds arrive at Alabama. The first one I see is going to be a male, since the males migrate about two weeks before the females.
Did you know most small birds, including hummingbirds, migrate at night? I’m not sure why. Perhaps they do this to take advantage of the more calm atmosphere of night, or to avoid the predators who are hunting during daytime hours, or perhaps they use the stars to guide them north.
As migration time draws near, daily activity begins to change. Birds who migrate during the night, but normally are active during daytime hours don’t sleep as much through the night any more. Hummingbirds of spring are awake a lot more at night.
And beginning to feel hungry… real hungry. He needs to put on some fat. He weighs about 2.5 g, but now he begins to eat more, to gorge himself. He eats his weight in food every day. He eats insect eggs and spiders, bugs, gnats and the nectar of flowers. He’ll double his weight, and only weigh about 5 g.
Every day the north requires him to come,
To the North he flies into complete darkness, all by himself, weighing no more than a nickel.
Hours pass as he flies, burning off the fat he stored like a truck burns gas.
If the hummingbirds fat stores are adequate, he’ll reach the Gulf Coast. If the hummingbirds fat stores are not sufficient, he’ll die. If he’s prepared himself well, he will have flown for 18 to 22 hours, crossed 500 miles with no rest or food.
Toward the second week of April I will see my first hummingbird of spring. I’ll have those feeders out early, ready to greet the little fella as he hovers in to land for the first time this year in my own backyard.
Well, I am hoping this article has helped you in some shape or fashion, and once again I will tell you.
This is one of the best stress relieving hobbies in the world, I guarantee!
Good luck in all that you do, and Thank You very much for your attention.
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The Zebra Finch is also known as the Chestnut-eared Finch, the Shelley, and the Spotted-sided Finch. It’s common across Australia, and has become widely kept for both research and aviculture.
On average, it’s about 3.9 inches long and weighs near 17 g. The Zebra Finch has black and white tear-like stripes coming down beneath its eyes and reddish-brown ear patches on the sides of its head. Its upperparts are grayish-brown and its flanks are chestnut colored with white spots. There are thin black and white bars on its throat and the rump is white with a barred tail. The female does not have the reddish-brown ear patches, the stripes on the throat, or the spotted chestnut colored flanks of the man. Juveniles are similar in appearance to the female, but have black bills rather than the orange bills found on adult males and females. The differences between the race, T.g. castanotis, and the other, T.g. guttata, are that the latter subspecies doesn’t have the nice barring of the throat and are smaller in size.
The Zebra Finch is primarily a seedeater, but is also known to feed on fruits and insects.
Owing to the extensive supply, the Zebra Finch can be found in a variety of habitats. It prefers open country, including grasslands and lightly timbered regions, but also occurs on the fringes of cities and towns. It is also common near farms. T.g. castanotis ranges across Australia, with the exception of western coastal areas and the island of Tasmania. T.g. guttata exists from Lombok from the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia to Sermata and the coastal areas of Australia. The Zebra Finch has also been introduced to Puerto Rico, Portugal, and the United States. Its nests are located in a variety of places, including cavities, scrubs, low trees, bushes, in termite hills, rabbit burrows, ledges of man-made structures, and even on the ground.
The female lays an average clutch of 4 – 7 small white eggs. Both parents take responsibility for incubation, which lasts approximately 12 – 13 days. The young fledge approximately 18 – 21 days after hatching.