Falcated Duck (Water and Lake Birds by Maia & Borges)

Review and images by Birdsage; edited by bmathison1972 The Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata or Anas falcata) is a species of dabbling duck found in the wetlands in East Asia. It eats primarily water plants and aquatic invertebrates. It breeds in Russia and Mongolia and winters in East and Southeast Asia. It occurs rarely as a …

Blue Whale (Mega Sofubi Advance by Kaiyodo)

There are many iterations of a fabled, island-sized sea monster across various cultures, which were in no doubt inspired by early accounts of animals such as the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus). Blue whales exist in all major oceans, but precise distributions are patchy and their migratory movements are poorly understood. After the species’ initial description …

Leopard Seal (Sealife by CollectA)

Review and images by JimoAi; edited by bmathison1972 We usually picture seals as these cute bumbling blobs that are clumsy and slow on land and behave like puppy dogs. Make no mistake: once they get into the water, they transform into fast moving predators preying on fish and invertebrates like cephalopods and crustaceans. The leopard …

Bornean Ground-Cuckoo (Wildlife Conservation Society Series by Yowie Group)

Review and images by Birdsage; edited by bmathison1972 The Sumatran ground-cuckoo (Carpococcyx viridis) and the Bornean Ground-Cuckoo (C. radiceus) are two closely-related species of terrestrial cuckoos that are endemic to Sumatra and Borneo, respectively. Both species are poorly known and rarely seen. In fact, the Sumatran Ground-Cuckoo has evaded human eyes for much of the …

Bamboo Shark (Wild Safari Sealife by Safari Ltd.)

Bamboo sharks, also less glamorously known as longtail carpet sharks, belong to the family Hemiscylliidae within the order Orectolobiformes (carpet sharks). This makes them close kin to such familiar sharks as the whale, nurse, and zebra sharks. All of them are found in the tropical Indo-Pacific and the largest members of the family only reach …

Leopard Moray (Shinagawa Aquarium by Kaiyodo)

Review and images by JimoAi; edited by bmathison1972 With it’s bright colors of an orange head, mouth lined with narrow teeth used for grasping slippery prey, a brownish body decorated with spots, an ornate pattern, and, to top it all off, a pair of distinctive horn like nostril tubes that gave the fish its name …

Japanese Black Ant (The Arinko, Volumes 1 & 2 by J. Dream Co. Ltd.)

Ladies and gentlemen, uh, we’ve just lost the picture, but what we’ve seen speaks for itself. The Animal Toy Blog has apparently been taken over, ‘conquered’ if you will, by a master race of giant space ants. It’s difficult to tell from this vantage point whether they will consume the blog reviewers or merely enslave …

Sei Whale (Wild Safari Sealife by Safari Ltd.)

Off the Norwegian coasts, a species of whale is known to appear alongside schools of pollock, thus the sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis) is aptly named the ”pollock whale” in their language. Though recent genetic studies warrant the revision of the Balaenoptera genus, data shows that the sei whale is the blue whale’s (B. musculus) closest …

American White Pelican (Wings of the World by Safari Ltd.)

The American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) is one of the largest birds in North America. Measuring 4-6’ (1.2-1.8 meters) in length, only the trumpeter swan matches it in length. With a wingspan of 8-10’ (2.4- 3 meters), only the California condor has a wider spread. Such a wingspan is required because the white pelican is …