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Ria Winters

A New Snake in Berlin

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New species are not just discovered in the wild; sometimes it happens that a rare find is made in a depot of a long lost and forgotten specimen. This happened with a very rare member of the enigmatic family of "splitjaw snakes", Latin name: Bolyeriidae.

This blog leads - again - to Mauritius. The reason for my repeated mind travel to this country lies in the fact that so many unusual species have evolved there. No matter where you look, the species of the Mascarenes all have their own peculiarities.

The White-eye and the Bluebell in Mauritius

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Mauritius may be just a small island in the Indian Ocean and the former home of the Dodo, but it still has an amazing array of endemic species, most of them unfortunately endangered. Like in most isolated places, Mauritian plants and animals have evolved in such a way that they have become dependant on one another.

This is the story of a very rare songbird and an even rarer plant.

The Olive white-eye (Zosterops chloronothos) is a member of the large family of Zosteropidae, small passerines native to tropical islands of the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific.

The Way of the Dodo

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My 2009 AFC flag expedition to Mauritius "Not the way of the Dodo" drew the attention to tragedy of extinction of which the Dodo is its unfortunate icon. Much has been written about this enigmatic bird so it is hard to mention something about it that nobody else already did. But I will try to do that in this blog, looking at the Dodo from an artist's point of view. For those who don't know this: Mauritius is an island in the Indian Ocean and the only place on earth where the Dodo lived.

My Feathered Friends: “Spix and the Spix’s macaw”

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This is a painting of the beautiful blue Spix's macaw Cyanopsitta spixii, and  the only species in its genus which makes it monotypic. The painting was part of the 2009 AFC exhibit held at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in New Jersey.

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