Category: Birds

Toco Toucan (Wild Life by Schleich)

Review and images by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972 The giant toucan or toco toucan (Ramphastos toco) is one of those unmistakable birds almost anyone recognizes even with no ornithological background at all. There are a number of models to choose from generally, although quite a number are hard to come by and the quality is …

Ducks (Decoy Rubber Duckies by Funrise Express)

With the possible exception of the Teddy bear the classic rubber duck is without question the most popular animal toy in the world. And although the collecting of rubber duckies does not really tie into our own hobby you can bet that they have their own loyal following of collectors. And the selection of different …

Mandarin Duck (Wings of the World by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by Takama; additional text by Jetoar and bmathison1972 Mandarin ducks (Aix galericulata) are my favorite ducks. So I am glad Safari Ltd. made one for their Wings of the World collection in 2008. Mandarin ducks are native to East Asia and Japan, with feral populations established in Great Britain, Germany, and in …

Superb Bird-of-paradise (Johan Scherft)

Review and images by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972 The superb bird-of-paradise or greater Lophorina (Lophorina superba) of New Guinea is a somewhat inconspicuous species among the group of Paradisaeidae. Unlike a lot of other species, the males are just black with a bit iridescent blue color on the breast and top of the head, no …

Marabou Stork (Wild Animals by Papo)

Review and images by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972 While a lot of people would describe a lot of animals as “ugly” or “disgusting”, those words are rarely attributed to the large group of birds. When applied, those terms most often hit the varied group of carrion-feeding birds like vultures. But also these have a somewhat …

Wedge-tailed Eagle with Brown Snake (Southlands Replicas)

Review and images by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972 Glaring sun scorches the land as a venomous death silently slides towards its den beneath the sparse shade of the burned grass. Suddenly night falls and accompanied by a hot but soft wind, eight fiercely piercing blades start to cut all life from its automatically wildly curling …

Rainbow Lorikeet (Wings of the World by Safari Ltd.)

Here is a walk-around of the small Safari Ltd Wings of the World 2016 rainbow lorikeet, Trichoglossus moluccanus (Gmelin, 1788); item No. 150229. Total length is approx. 74 mm (if the head and neck would be fully stretched out) so the scale is approx. 1:4. This popular parrot species from eastern Australia has a specialised …