The Iiwi (Hawaiian Honey Creeper)(Vestiaria coccinea). This small and handsome bird is the only member of the genus Vestiaria, and at the present time although its numbers are up at 350,000 it is still considered endangered.

The Iiwi(Hawaiian HoneyCreeper)

The Iiwi (Hawaiian Honey Creeper)(Vestiaria coccinea). This small and handsome bird is the only member of the genus Vestiaria, and at the present time although its numbers are up at it is still considered endangered.

king bird of paradise (Cicinnurus regius) from New Guinea.  Photo Credit: Tim Laman/Australian Museum

king bird of paradise (Cicinnurus regius) from New Guinea. Photo Credit: Tim Laman/Australian of paradise

New Zeland

Face it, Americans, we'll never be this cool no matter what we ink. Maori new zealand tattoos

Corucia zebrata - Solomon Island Prehensile Tailed Skink (Monkey Tail Skink)

Monkey-tailed skinks are completely herbivorous, eating many different fruits and vegetables including the pothos plant. Thanks to Repticon!

The Tuatara are reptiles endemic to New Zealand and which, although resembling most lizards, are part of a distinct lineage, order Rhynchocephalia.

The lepidosaurs were the ancestors of lizards, snakes and tuatara. This image shows the extant tuatara Sphenodon punctatus. Image credit: Keres H / CC BY

Lepidoptera Hepialus virescens (plate IX) from Moths: An Elementary Manual of New Zealand Entomology, London, West, Newman & Co, 1892

It’s national moth week (unofficial) so let’s take a moment to appreciate the lovely Lepidoptera Hepialus virescens from New Zealand. Illustration from An elementary manual of New Zealand entomology;

wired bird of paradise

Twelve-wired Bird-of-Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male displaying to a female at his display pole in the swamp rain forest at Nimbokrang, Papau, Indonesia, Island of New Guinea. Photo by Tim Laman.

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