The Brolga is a bird in the crane family. When first described in
1810, the Brolga was misclassified as Ardea, the genus that includes
the herons and egrets. It is in fact a member of the Gruiformes; the
order that includes the crakes, rails, and cranes, and as a member of
the genus Grus. The bird was then given the name Australian crane in
1865 by John Gould. In 1926 the Royal Australasian Ornithologists
Union managed to make Brolga, a popular name derived from native
tongue, the official name of the bird. It is a common wetland
congregating bird species in tropical and eastern Australia, well
known for its intricate mating dance.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
James III of Scotland annexed the Orkney and Shetland Islands from
Andreas Hofer, a Tyrolean patriot and the leader of a rebellion
against Napoleon's forces, was executed.
King O'Malley drove in the first survey peg to mark the commencement
of work on the construction of Canberra, Australia.
The Avro Arrow supersonic jet fighters programme in Canada was
cancelled by the Diefenbaker government.
The Ranger 8 spacecraft successfully transmitted 7,137 photographs of
the moon in the final 23 minutes of its mission before crashing in
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