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The black-and-yellow broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus) is a species of bird in Eurylaimidae, the typical broadbill family. It is small, with a black head, breastband, and upperparts, a white neckband, yellow streaking on the back and wings, and wine-pink underparts that turn yellow towards the belly. The beak is bright blue, with a green tip to the upper mandible and black edges. The black breastband is incomplete in females. The black-and-yellow broadbill occurs in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand, in lowland forests up to an elevation of 1,220 m (4,000 ft). It is mainly insectivorous, but also eats molluscs and some fruit. It breeds during the dry season with both sexes helping build a large, untidy nest from moss, fungal mycelia, and leaves. The clutch is usually 2–3 eggs, and sometimes includes a fourth runt egg. They are incubated by both sexes. The species is listed as near-threatened by the IUCN due to a decline in its population caused by habitat loss. (Full article...)
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- ...that the Locumba uprising was thought by many to be a cover for the escape of Vladimiro Montesinos, Peru's de facto leader from 1990 to 2000?
- ... that Edward D. Boone was the last surviving member of his 1851 graduating class from the College of the Holy Cross?
- ... that the Easter composition Surrexit a mortuis ('He rose from the dead') was scored for choir and two organs by Charles-Marie Widor, the organist at Saint-Sulpice in Paris?
- ... that one abolitionist said that William L. Breckinridge's anti-slavery views would "disqualify [him] from political usefulness"?
- ... that variations of the Latin legal maxim ius civile vigilantibus scriptum est have been used by American, European and Lesotho courts?
- ... that the Standseilbahn Linth-Limmern, the funicular railway with the highest transport payload capacity (215 tonnes), was built to move four transformers 882 m (2,894 ft) uphill?
- ... that before becoming a legislator, Bettina Petzold-Mähr played volleyball for Liechtenstein when they defeated Lichtenstein?
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- Rock singer and actress Tina Turner (pictured) dies at the age of 83.
- In golf, Brooks Koepka wins the PGA Championship.
- American football Hall of Fame fullback Jim Brown dies at the age of 87.
- Amid a political crisis in Ecuador, President Guillermo Lasso dissolves the National Assembly and triggers an early general election.
- Flooding in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy causes 16 deaths and widespread disruption, including the cancellation of its Formula One Grand Prix.
On this day
- 1923 – French drivers André Lagache and René Léonard completed the most laps during the first edition of the sports car race the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
- 1963 – American singer Bob Dylan (pictured) released The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, his first album to include a significant number of original songs.
- 1983 – An explosion at an illegal fireworks factory near Benton, Tennessee, killed eleven people.
- 1995 – Bosnian War: Forces of the Army of Republika Srpska captured a United Nations post at Vrbanja Bridge in Sarajevo; six soldiers of both sides were killed when French forces retook the post later in the day.
- 2001 – Twenty tourists were kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants in Palawan, Philippines, triggering a hostage crisis that lasted for more than a year.
- Diego Ramírez de Arellano (d. 1624)
- John Cockcroft (b. 1897)
- Henry Kissinger (b. 1923)
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The Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos arctos) is one of the most common subspecies of the brown bear, and is found in much of Eurasia. It is also called the European brown bear, common brown bear, common bear, and colloquially by many other names. The genetic diversity of present-day brown bears (Ursus arctos) has been extensively studied over the years and appears to be geographically structured into five main clades based upon analysis of the mitochondrial DNA. This adult female was photographed near Stari Kot, Slovenia.
Photograph credit: Charles J. Sharp
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