The crescent honeyeater (Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus) is a bird native to
southeastern Australia, in the honeyeater family. It is fairly
nondescript, with dark grey plumage and paler underparts highlighted by
yellow wing patches and a broad, black crescent, outlined in white, down
the sides of its breast. The female is a little duller than the male.
The male sings a complex and variable song from an exposed perch, and
during the breeding season performs song flights. The crescent
honeyeater is found in areas of dense vegetation including sclerophyll
forest and alpine habitats, as well as heathland, parks and gardens. Its
diet is made up of nectar and invertebrates. It forms long-term pairs,
and often commits to one breeding site for several years. The female
builds the nest and does most of the caring for two or three young,
which become independent within 40 days of egg-laying. Although the
parent birds use a range of anti-predator strategies, nestlings can be
taken by snakes, kookaburras, currawongs, or cats.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Two years after his death, Oliver Cromwell’s remains were
exhumed for a posthumous execution and his head was placed on a spike
above Westminster Hall in London, where it remained until 1685.
The town of Yerba Buena in Mexican California was renamed San
World War II: Allied forces liberated over 500 prisoners of war
from a Japanese POW camp near Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, Philippines.
On Bloody Sunday, members of the British Parachute Regiment
shot twenty-six civil rights protesters in Derry, Northern Ireland,
killing at least thirteen people.
The Korea Aerospace Research Institute launched Naro-1, South
Korea’s first carrier rocket and their first launch vehicle to achieve
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
1. To put in order again; to set right; to emend; to revise.
2. To set right, as a wrong; to repair, as an injury; to make amends for;
to remedy; to relieve from.
3. To make amends or compensation to; to relieve of anything unjust or
oppressive; to bestow relief upon.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
No nation which refuses to exercise forbearance and to respect the
freedom and rights of others can long remain strong and retain the
confidence and respect of other nations. No nation ever loses its
dignity or good standing by conciliating its differences and by
exercising great patience with, and consideration for, the rights of
–Franklin D. Roosevelt
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