Andean Forest Pit Viper - Bothriopsis pulchra 

Native to the eastern slopes of the Andes (Ecuador and Colombia), Bothriopsis pulchra (Viperidae) does honor to its scientific name, since the name of the species, pulchra, comes from the Latin pulcher, meaning beautiful, handsome, fine, fair. 

This potentially deadly pit viper species is best distinguished from the similar Bothriopsis taeniata by counting the number of belly scales (less than 200 in B. taeniata versus more than 200 in B. pulchra).

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Photo credit: ©Daniel Mideros | Locality: unknown (2014)

'Revolutionary Coordinating Council (Junta) - Origins and Perspectives', El Comite, New York, [1977]. Includes information on the coalition formed by four leading Latin American leftist guerrilla movements, the Revolutionary Left Movement (MIR, Chile), People’s Revolutionary Army (ERP, Argentina), National Liberation Army (MLN, Bolivia), and the Tupamaro National Liberation Movement (MLN, Uruguay). 

Name: Ana


Country: Brazil

Gender: female

Languages: Portuguese and English

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Wire-crested Thorntail (Discosura popelairii)

…a  rare and striking species of hummingbird which occurs in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Where it inhabits solely inhabits lowland forests, and is not tolerant of secondary habitats. Like most striking plumaged birds wire-crested thorntails are sexually dimorphic with lacking the long “wire” crests and “thorn” tails of males. In typical humming bird fashion wire-crested thorntails feed on nectar from flowers, but will occasionally take insects as well. 

Currently Discosura popelairii is listed as near threatened by the IUCN, as it faces accelerating threats from deforestation in the Amazon Basin. 


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Image: Bill Bouton