Common Wombat

This month we travel to southern Australia for our intriguing “mammal of the month,” the common wombat. This chunky marsupial herbivore lives in forest, open woodland, heath and scrubland ...

Double-collared Sunbird

Since I missed last week’s “bird-of-the-week” post (my apologies; I’m writing like mad these days), this week’s featured bird is a two-fer. Both birds are from Southern A...

Crested Pigeon

This week we return to Australia for our featured bird, the crested pigeon, Ocyphaps lophotes. Like other pigeon and dove species, the crested pigeon is a member of the avian family Columbidae, a grou...

Black-capped Chickadee

This week’s featured bird is the black-capped chickadee, Poecile atricapillus. With its inquisitive and confiding personality, this chickadee is one of North America’s best-known and best-...