Pallas's leaf warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus) is a migratory bird that
breeds in mountain forests from southern Siberia east to northern
Mongolia and northeastern China. It is named for German zoologist Peter
Simon Pallas, who first described it. It winters mainly in and near
southern China, although in recent decades increasing numbers have been
found in Europe in autumn. One of the smallest Eurasian leaf warblers,
it has a relatively large head and short tail. It has greenish
upperparts and white underparts, a lemon-yellow rump, and yellow double
wingbars and supercilia. The female builds a cup nest in a tree or bush,
and incubates four to six eggs that hatch after 12 or 13 days. The
chicks are fed mainly by the female and fledge when they are 12–14
days old. Pallas's leaf warbler feeds on small insects and spiders. It
forages in bushes and trees, picking items from leaves or catching prey
in short flights or while hovering. The species has a large range, its
numbers are believed to be stable, and it is not endangered.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pallas%27s_leaf_warbler>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Upon the death of her father, Theoderic the Great, Amalasuntha
of the Ostrogoths became the regent for her 10-year-old son Athalaric.
American Civil War: In separate actions, Confederate forces
were victorious in both the Battle of Richmond in Kentucky and the
Second Battle of Bull Run in Prince William County, Virginia.
Philippine Revolution: In the Battle of San Juan del Monte, the
first real battle of the war, a Katipunan force temporarily captured a
powder magazine before being beaten back by a Spanish garrison.
Second World War: Erwin Rommel launched the last major Axis
offensive of the Western Desert Campaign, attacking the British Eighth
Army's position near El Alamein, Egypt.
German driver Michael Schumacher, the most successful Formula
One driver in history, won his first race at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (historical) An infantry soldier, often Christian, in a former elite
Turkish (Osmannic) guard (disbanded in 1826); by extension, any Turkish
soldier, particularly one escorting a traveller.
2. (figuratively) An elite, highly loyal supporter.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
More than 99% of my wealth will go to philanthropy during my
lifetime or at death. Measured by dollars, this commitment is large. In
a comparative sense, though, many individuals give more to others every
day. Millions of people who regularly contribute to churches, schools,
and other organizations thereby relinquish the use of funds that would
otherwise benefit their own families. The dollars these people drop into
a collection plate or give to United Way mean forgone movies, dinners
out, or other personal pleasures. In contrast, my family and I will give
up nothing we need or want by fulfilling this 99% pledge. Moreover, this
pledge does not leave me contributing the most precious asset, which is
time. Many people, including — I’m proud to say — my three
children, give extensively of their own time and talents to help others.
Gifts of this kind often prove far more valuable than money.
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