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Tailorbird

Tailorbird, common name for any of several warblers that live throughout
southeastern Asia and Africa. It inhabits forest undergrowth, pine forests, open
woodland, stream banks, and bamboo forests. The tailorbird grows to about 13 cm
(about 5 in) in length. There are no outward physical differences between the male
and female. Both are slender and have long, thin, pointed bills. Its soft thick
plumage is green or dull gray on the back and whitish or yellow on the underside. It
feeds primarily on small insects. Noted for sewing elaborate leaf nests, the tailorbird
stabs the edges of one or more broad leaves with its needlelike bill, threads vegetable
fibers through the holes, and draws the leaves together, making a cuplike pocket.
The nest is lined with grass or other soft material. The female typically lays three to
six eggs.
Scientific classification: Tailorbirds are members of the Old World warbler family,
Sylviidae, in the order Passeriformes. The common tailorbird is classified as
Orthotomus sutorius

African Black Rhinocerus (Myotis lucifugus)


The African rhinoceros is a very large animal, with a heavily armoured body and a
distinctive horn. There are five separate species of rhinoceros' in the world. The main
two species are African rhinos and Asian rhinos. In Africa, there are two species of
the rhino, the black rhinoceros and the white rhinoceros. Asia has the remaining
three species, the Indian rhino, Javan rhino and Sumatran rhino.

Did you know? The rhinoceros belongs to the same family as horses.
Rhinos are brown or grey in colour. The rhinoceros has thick skin and a distinctive
horn that grows in the in the middle of their nose. The black rhino however, has two
horns. They are almost hairless animals, with hair only growing on their tail,
eyelashses and ears. The African black rhino is the smallest of the species, weighing
about 1.5 tonne and stand around 1.5m tall.

These animals mainly live alone. Black Rhinoceros' can become agressive if provoked
or threatened. They snort loudly to intimidate and make an intruder aware to leave
their territory. If the intruder persists, the rhinoceros will most often charge. They
have no natural predators due to their size. Humans however can be a predator to
these beautiful creatures, by illegal hunting and poaching.

Did you know? The black rhinoceros, despite its size and weighing an
average of 1.5 tonne, can run at speeds of up to 45 km/h.

The black rhinoceros is found in grasslands or woodlands. They are found in south-
west and eastern Africa. Rhinoceros' are herbivores, and therefore feed on food
sources such as grasses, leaves and small branches.

Rhinos mark their territory with urine. Rhinos are solitary animals, however the
African white rhinocerus can often live together in small groups.

They enjoy bathing in mud to cool down on hot days.

Female rhinos can reproduce at around three years, whilst male rhinos are not able
to reproduce until around seven years. After reproduction, usually one calf is born.
The new born rhino can stand on its own just one hour after it is born, and feeds off
the mother for 9-12 months. The rhino usually stay with the more for a further
period of two to two and a half years before gaining independence and living
solitarily.

The rhinos horn was much sought after in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Trading
rhinoceros horn is illegal all over the world. There are only 2,500 black rhinos left in
the world, a minute number considering only a hundred years ago there was almost
a million (estimated) black rhinos in Africa.

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