Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the belly white: specifying many birds and other animals.
“As they struggle up the river in a canoe, guided by an old man and a young boy, the reporters encounter nightmarish scenes of devastation: "dead birds draped over tree branches, their outstretched wings black and slick with oil; dead fishes bobbed white-bellied between tree roots".”
“Sidestepping a lifeless white-bellied frog, we forge ahead, holding hands like teenagers.”
“Birds found here and in only few other places include white-bellied seedeaters Sporophila leucoptera, grassland yellow-finches Sicalis luteola, chalk-browed mockingbirds Mimus saturninus, tropical peewees Contopus cinereus, rufous-throated antbirds Gymnopithys rufigula, black-breasted puffbirds Notharchus pectoralis, and plain-bellied emeralds Amazilia leucogaster.”
“Among the many which may be readily seen by the visitor are no less than nine species of kingfisher, including brown-winged and stork-billed kingfishers, Pelargopsis amauropterus (NT) and P. capensis, respectively; the magnificent white-bellied sea-eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster which, at a density of one individual per 53.1 kilometers (km) of waterways, is quite common; also the much rarer grey-headed fish eagle Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus (NT), Pallas's fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus and several other raptors.”
“Other rare birds are Fraser's eagle owl Bubo poensis, white-bellied robin chat Cossypher roberti, Grauer's warbler Graueria vittata, short-tailed warbler Hemitasia neumanni, yellow-eyed black flycatcher Melaenornis ardesiaca, montane double-collared sunbird Nectarinia ludovicenis and dusky twinspot Clytospiza cinereoinacea.”
“There's no courage there, just a white-bellied opportunism and a reactive thrust for any stance or position that she thinks will gain her more influence and power.”
“A rich avifauna is present with over 270 species recorded, including green peafowl Pavo muticus (VU), two species of jungle fowl Gallus gallus and G. varius, reef heron Egretta sacra, dusky grey heron Ardea sumatrana (LR), osprey Pandion haliaetus, Brahminy kite Haliastur indus, white-bellied sea eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster, ruddy kingfisher Halcyon coromanda and frigate bird Fregatta ariel.”
“According to Stattersfield et al. this ecoregion falls within the North Central American Pacific slope Endemic Bird Area with four restricted range species three of which are endemic including the white-bellied chachalaca (Ortalis leucogastra), the blue-tailed hummingbird (Amazilia cyanura) and the giant wren (Campylorhynchus chiapensis).”
“Other birds that warrant conservation attention include the Oriental darter (Anhinga melanogaster), greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber), and white-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster).”
“There are twelve birds of prey that coexist here, including the osprey (Pandion haliaetus), white-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), and grey-headed fish-eagle (Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus).”
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