The elfin woods warbler (Setophaga angelae) is an uncommon bird species
endemic to Puerto Rico. Discovered in 1968, it is the most recently
described species of the New World warblers. The name angelae is a
tribute to Angela Kepler, one of its discoverers. Characteristic of
Antillean warblers (S. adelaidae, S. delicata, S. plumbea and S.
pharetra), the species features a long bill and short, round wings
(averaging 53.8 mm or 2.12 in). An insectivore, it feeds by gleaning
small insects off leaves. El Yunque National Forest, where it was first
captured, was initially believed to be its only habitat, but its largest
population has been found in the Maricao State Forest. Due to its small
numbers and restricted habitats, conservation efforts were begun in 1982
to protect this species. It is not in immediate danger as it lives
mainly in protected forest, but potential threats include habitat
reduction, natural disasters, and introduced species such as rats and
small Asian mongooses.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
According to legend, Armenian culture hero Hayk slew the
giant king Bel with a shot from a longbow near Lake Van (in modern
The region of Dacia, comprising regions of modern Romania,
became a province of the Roman Empire.
William Corder was hanged at Bury St Edmunds, England, for the
murder of Maria Marten at the Red Barn.
Amid rumors of kidnappings of children by Jews in Kraków, a
crowd of Poles engaged in a pogrom, which resulted in one dead and five
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began an
investigation into the Ford Pinto’s (car pictured) alleged vulnerability
to fuel leakage and fire in a rear-end collision.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
1. (idiomatic) To learn, or attempt to learn, what kind of person one is
and what one wants in life.
2. (idiomatic) To unexpectedly or unintentionally begin to do or experience
3. (idiomatic) To be in a particular state of mind.
4. (literally) To find (something) for oneself.
5. (literally) To discover oneself to be in a particular place.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The rights of all are equal: justice, poised and balanced in
eternal calm, will shake from the golden scales in which are weighed the
acts of men, the very dust of prejudice and caste: No race, no color, no
previous condition, can change the rights of men.
–Robert G. Ingersoll
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