Moonlight, by Albert Bierstadt
Pompadour cotinga (male)
As in many birds species, this male of Pompadour cotinga, Xipholena punicea (Passeriformes - Cotingidae), is more showy than the female. While males are shining crimson with white, females are duller, brown-grey.
And while the females care alone for the eggs and young, the handsome males will mate with several females…. such is the nature.
This species occurs in South America (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela).
Photo credit: ©Anselmo d’Affonseca
Locality: Near Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Photo credit: Richard Barnes
In 1988, at the end of the war between Iran and Iraq, the United States launched a missile against a civilian Iranian airliner, killing more than 290 people.
The United States claimed that it was a mistake, that it mistook the civilian passenger plane for a fighter.
George H. W. Bush, Vice President under the Reagan administration, defended the attack at the United Nations and said that the shooting down of the plane was an incident of war and that the crew of the Vincennes acted according to the moment.
In an August 2, 1988, press conference he said: “The United States will never apologize, no matter what the facts were.”
Years later it was proved that the investigation was manipulated, and that the U.S. even entered into Iran’s territorial waters to launch the missile.
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Regal Ringneck Snake
The Regal Ringneck Snake, scientifically named Diadophis punctatus regalis (Colubridae), endemic to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, is one of the largest subspecies of Ringneck Snake (up to 87cm in length).
This mildly venomous subspecies (not considered dangerous to humans), is characterized by having light gray, olive-gray, or olive dorsal coloring, with a yellowish or light orange underside that is lightly speckled with black markings. The underside of the tail is a bright reddish orange. An orange band around the neck, sometimes faint or absent.
Photo credit: ©Sam Murray
Locality: Santa Cruz County, Arizona, US