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Japanese mannikin (Lonchura striata)

Astrologie — the family of singing birds of the passerine. Inhabit Africa, India, Southeast Asia, southern China, Australia, the Islands of the Malay archipelago and Oceania. Have small and medium sizes; body length – from 8 to 17 see remarkable bright colors. Feed on seeds of various grasses, some species of insects. Estrildidae since ancient times, popular among birdwatchers due to its exotic appearance and nice singing. The best singers are considered tiger goldove waxbills and finches.

Japanese mannikin was developed by crossing the bronze Manakin with several species of weaverbirds of the genus Lonchura. In Europe was imported from Japan hence got its name. The ancestors of Japanese wild finches lived in the Philippines, where were China and Japan. In Europe it is known as potted birds from the 18th century.

Japanese mannikin has a modest plumage without specific coloring and figure. Usually the upper torso is brown, the rest grey or white. There are also birds-color (yellow, white) or with a tuft on the head. The upper half of the beak bluish-black, lower a little lighter. Continue reading

Animals and plants of Africa

Africa is a continent that occupies a fifth of the Earth’s land. There are about 100 kinds of animals and 1,500 species of birds, the flora of the continent are also quite varied.

In different climatic zones can be found original and different from each other the plants of Africa. In more arid regions inhabited by the “stone” green people who look like freakish boulder. Also here grow amazing plants, their leaves reach a height of over three meters. The tropics are populated by bamboo, lianas, ferns, and other trees.

In order to preserve the unique plants of Africa, the state directs a lot of funds to create reserves and parks.

Certainly, the original green inhabitant of this continent can be considered as breadfruit . Many people think that the name of the plant derives from the fact that it grows on bread. But this is not so. The fact that the fruit of the tree according to your taste is very reminiscent of this sweet product.

Another plant that grows on the continent – mango tree . Its sweet, juicy fruit has become a favorite dish of many people. And the most popular dish of the indigenous inhabitants – fried mango with potatoes.

Bamboo also grows in Africa. It is found on the mainland quite often, and often the trees can reach a height of nine homes.

Baobab . Not all rastenijami are long term residents that cannot be said about the baobab. On the continent there is a plant, which is about 5000 years. It is 22 meters height, circumference of the trunk is 47 meters, the circumference of the crown is 145 meters. Continue reading

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