The black honeyeater (Sugomel niger) is a species of bird in the
honeyeater family, Meliphagidae. The bird exhibits sexual dimorphism:
the males are black and white, while the females and immature birds are
a speckled grey-brown. The species is endemic to Australia, and ranges
widely across the arid areas of the continent, through open woodland and
shrubland. A nectar feeder, the black honeyeater has a long curved bill
to reach the base of tubular flowers such as those of the emu bush. It
also takes insects in the air, and regularly eats ash left behind at
campfires. Cup-shaped nests are built in the forks of small trees or
shrubs. The male engages in a soaring song flight in the mating season,
but contributes little to nest building or incubating the clutch of two
to three eggs. Both sexes feed and care for the young. While the
population appears to be decreasing, the black honeyeater is numerous
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_honeyeater>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Wars of the Three Kingdoms: Covenanter forces defeated an
invading Royalist army at the Battle of Carbisdale near the village of
The photograph Raising the Flag on the Three-Country Cairn was
taken after German troops withdrew to Norway on the last day of the
Second World War in Finland, ending the Lapland War.
The Airbus A380, the largest passenger airliner in the world,
made its maiden flight from Toulouse, France.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. The condition or state being recrudescent; the condition of something
(often undesirable) breaking out again, or re-emerging after temporary
abatement or suppression.
2. (medicine, by extension) The acute recurrence of a disease, or its
symptoms, after a period of improvement.
3. (botany) The production of a fresh shoot from a ripened spike.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Wars produce many stories of fiction, some of which are told
until they are believed to be true.
--Ulysses S. Grant