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List of birds of Venezuela

Post  kosovohp on Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:38 am

Venezuela lies within the Neotropic ecozone; large portions of the country were originally covered by moist broadleaf forests. One of seventeen megadiverse countries and among the top twenty countries in terms of endemism, some 38% of the over 21,000 plant species are unique to the country; 23% of reptilian and 50% of amphibian species are also endemic.[34]

Venezuela hosts significant biodiversity across habitats ranging from xeric scrublands in the extreme northwest to coastal mangrove forests in the northeast.[19] Its cloud forests and lowland rainforests are particularly rich, for example hosting over 25,000 species of orchids.[35] These include the flor de mayo orchid (Cattleya mossiae), the national flower.
The golden silk orb-weaver is among the more common of Venezuela's arthropods.

Venezuela's national tree is the araguaney, whose characteristic lushness after the rainy season led novelist Rómulo Gallegos to name it «[l]a primavera de oro de los araguaneyes» ("the golden spring of the araguaneyes"). Notable mammals include the giant anteater, jaguar, and the capybara, the world's largest rodent. More than half of Venezuelan avian and mammalian species are found in the Amazonian forests south of the Orinoco.[36]

Manatees, Boto river dolphins, and Orinoco crocodiles, which have been reported to reach up to 6.6 metres (22 ft) in length, are notable aquatic species. Venezuela hosts a total of 1,417 bird species, 48 of which are endemic.[37] Important birds include ibises, ospreys, kingfishers,[35] and the yellow-orange turpial, the national bird.

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Re: List of birds of Venezuela

Post  PrettyPenny on Thu Nov 18, 2010 7:33 am

Venezuela is a beautiful country. I visited a friend there a few years ago and was blown away. We spent some time bird watching, there are some many beautiful birds indigenous to Venezuela. I had such a wonderful time. While there a rented a nice little villa on the ocean. It was pure heaven! I hope to go back someday soon.
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