Sunday Sketch: Red-Eye Flights

Common swifts are tiny birds with impressive flying abilities. Some individuals are airborne 10 months out of the year. That means even sleeping in flight! They only land for mating and caring for young Sketch and fact by Amelia Munson Source: Hedenström, Anders; et al. (September 2016). “Annual 10-Month Aerial Life Phase in the Common Swift Apus…

Sunday Sketch: If the shrew fits

Elephant shrews (now in the Family Macroscelididae) were originally classified as true shrews due to their obvious physical similarities. However, studies using actual genetic sequences to analyze evolutionary relatedness show that elephant shrews are not closely related to shrews and actually belong to an African lineage which includes aardvarks, manatees, and elephants! Sketch by Nicole…

Sunday Sketch: Bird’s Eye View

What big eyes you have! Ostriches have the biggest eyes of any land vertebrates– roughly the size of a billiard ball. Sketch and fact contributed by Amelia Munson Source: Brown, L. H.; Urban, E.K.; Newman, K. (1982). “Ostriches and to Birds of Prey”. In Curry-Lindahl, Kai (ed.). The Birds of Africa. I. London, UK: Academic Press. pp. 32–37. ISBN 978-0-12-137301-6.