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Fawn-breasted Bowerbird (Chlamydera cerviniventris) (702 views)
San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Sunday 1 May, 2011)

(Photo taken 13:09:20 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)

© 2011 Terry Costales
Creative Commons License

Known as the Braunbauch-Laubenvogel in Germany, the Fawn-breasted Bowerbird we saw seemed like a sweet, industrious little individual. external link

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(58 of 123) Bears can be silly and this Sun Bear from Malaysia was no exception.
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(59 of 123) A close-up of an Addra Gazelle.
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(60 of 123) A sleepy capybara dozed in the sun.
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(61 of 123) This profile of the Northern Shoveler illustrates its namesake bill.
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(62 of 123) A male shoveler created lovely ripples when he emerged from his pond.
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(64 of 123) A vocalizing camel.
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(65 of 123) A portrait of the fuzzy cute Koala.
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(66 of 123) Here is a close-up of a camel showing its awful teeth and lovely eyes.
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(67 of 123) A close-up of a cuddly koala feeding in the sun.
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(68 of 123) A sleepy little Koala rested in a tree.
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(69 of 123) The male Nyala has large spiral horns and a dark shaggy coat. The three in this photo however are all female.
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(70 of 123) The elephant ambled across its enclosure.
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(71 of 123) The wonderfully photogenic Mandarin would not show his face.
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(72 of 123) Sweet, sweet face.
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(73 of 123) There is just something ugly-adorable about pigs.
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(77 of 123) A female duck dabbling in emerald green water.
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(105 of 123) A sheepish tête à tête.
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(113 of 123) Another photo of this gorgeous pigeon. Wouldn't it be great if these birds were the ones flying around our cities and sitting on our statues?
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