Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ethiopia

What a gloomy, coldish Saturday morning....where did all the lovely sunshine go? Well, I must confess here that for this weekend I wish the weather to be like this, since I have so much work to do, that at least it would be easier to do that compared to having to work when the weather is beautiful outside, and the air has this perfect scent, and the birds are singing....plus it is a perfect day to make an update too, no? :)
And speaking of birds, here is one...

One of the surprise cards Sean sent me during his last-year's trip to Ethiopia.....and just for the record, Sean is in Ethiopia again *wink wink*
The card says to show endemic birds of Ethiopia, but due to my great knowledge of the Ethiopian alphabet, I cant really understand which bird is exactly in question. Well, after some googling, I came up with some results, and my best wild guess after comparing the images, is that this is "Prince Ruspoli's Turcao". What a name for a bird!
It is said that this bird was first introduced to science when Prince Ruspoli collected it in either 1892 or 1893. Since Prince Ruspoli, an Italian explorer, was killed in an "encounter with an elephant" in the Lake Abaya area and unfortunately did not leave any notes about his travels, the locality and date of collection of the first specimen of this turaco remain unknown. This turaco is considered to be an endangered species and is included in the "Red Book" of endangered animals of the world. However, some sightings in juniper forests and especially in dry water courses which include figs, the rubiaceous tree, Adina, and undergrowth of acacia and Teclea shrubs, suggest that the species may be more common than thought.

There are no breeding records nor any recorded observations on the nesting activities of Prince Ruspoli's Turaco, its nest and eggs are unknown. It has been reported to feed on fruits of Tecle and Aditicl. Its call has been described as a low "chirr-clia" and short "te".

the stamps come from a set of 23 definitives issued in 2000, representing animals.

Thank you so much again Sean!!! 

2 comments:

Aritha said...

I like this card! Very interesting.

GotThatSwing said...

Wow, this postcard is amazing <3