From today's featured article
The banded broadbill (Eurylaimus javanicus) is a species of typical broadbill found in Mainland Southeast Asia and the Greater Sunda Islands. It inhabits a variety of forests, mostly in lowland areas. A striking, large-bodied bird, it is mostly purplish-red, with yellow-streaked black wings, a bright blue beak, a blackish face, and greyish chin and upper breast. Females can usually be told apart from males by their lack of a neckband. The species mainly eats arthropods, but also feeds on snails, lizards, frogs, and figs. Breeding occurs during the dry season on the mainland, from March to November in the Greater Sundas, and year-round on Java. Nests are built over clearings or water bodies and have clutches of two or three eggs. The banded broadbill is sometimes split into two species, E. javanicus and E. harterti, including by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which classifies E. javanicus as being near-threatened and E. harterti as being of least concern. (Full article...)
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In the news
- Svante Pääbo (pictured) is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on human evolutionary genetics.
- In motorsport, Kalle Rovanperä wins the World Rally Championship, becoming its youngest champion at 22 years old.
- In Malang Regency, Indonesia, at least 125 people are killed in a human crush at an association football match.
- In Burkina Faso, a coup d'état led by Ibrahim Traore deposes interim president Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba.
On this day
- 1602 – Anglo-Spanish War: An English fleet intercepted and attacked six Spanish galleys in the Dover Straits.
- 1876 – Texas A&M University opened as the first public institution of higher education in the U.S. state.
- 1917 – First World War: The Allies devastated the German defence at the Battle of Broodseinde, prompting a crisis among German commanders and causing a severe loss of morale in the 4th Army.
- 1941 – Willie Gillis, one of Norman Rockwell's trademark characters, debuted on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.
- 1957 – The Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 1 (replica pictured), the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth, was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Today's featured picture
Jean-François Millet (October 4, 1814 – January 20, 1875) was a French artist and one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France. Millet is noted for his paintings of peasant farmers. This portrait of Millet was taken by the French photographer Nadar.