From today's featured article
The red warbler (Cardellina rubra) is a small bird of the New World warbler family, Parulidae. Endemic to the highlands of Mexico north of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, it is closely related to the pink-headed warbler of southern Mexico and Guatemala. There are three subspecies, which differ primarily in the shading of their ear patch and in the brightness and tone of their red body plumage. Young birds are pinkish-brown, with a whitish ear patch and two pale wingbars. Breeding typically occurs between February and May. The female lays three or four eggs in a domed nest, which she builds on the ground. Though she alone incubates the eggs, both sexes feed the young and remove fecal sacs from the nest. The young fledge within eleven days of hatching. The red warbler is an insectivore, gleaning primarily in understory shrubs. The species is not threatened, but its numbers are thought to be declining due to habitat destruction. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that Getbol, Korean Tidal Flats (pictured), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an important migration stopover for the critically endangered spoon-billed sandpiper?
- ... that Eddie Keenan was once the largest American football player?
- ... that physical applications of Euclidean minimum spanning trees range in scale from the particles in bubble chambers to the dark matter halos of galaxies?
- ... that the court-martial of William T. Colman, the commander of a U.S. air base, created a storm of protest when he was merely reduced in rank after shooting a black soldier?
- ... that lemur health is threatened by climate change in Madagascar due to the spread of parasites with warmer temperatures?
- ... that the radio station at Western Washington University interfered with telephone and television services in a campus dormitory?
- ... that Kannada-language author M. V. Seetharamiah established that the Rashtrakuta emperor Nrupatunga did not write the classic Kavirajamarga?
- ... that Union Carbide bought 270 Park Avenue in 1976 while moving out of the building?
In the news
- Following the death of Mahsa Amini, at least 50 people are killed during protests (example pictured) in Iran.
- At least 100 people are killed in renewed fighting between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
- In the Swedish general election, the bloc consisting of the Sweden Democrats, Moderates, Christian Democrats and Liberals wins a majority of seats in the Riksdag.
- French-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard dies at the age of 91.
On this day
- 1775 – American Revolutionary War: Ethan Allen and a small force of American and Quebec militia failed to capture the city of Montreal from British forces.
- 1790 – Peking opera (modern performer pictured) was born with the introduction of Hui opera to Beijing by the "Four Great Anhui Troupes" in honour of the Qianlong Emperor's 80th birthday.
- 1962 – The North Yemen Civil War began when Abdullah al-Sallal dethroned the newly crowned Imam al-Badr and declared Yemen to be a republic under his presidency.
- 1977 – About 4,200 people took part in the first modern Chicago Marathon.
- 1990 – The Ram Rath Yatra, a political–religious rally organised to erect a temple to the Hindu deity Rama on the site of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, began in the Indian state of Gujarat.
Today's featured picture
James Stewart (1908–1997) was an American actor and military pilot. Known for his distinctive drawl and everyman screen persona, Stewart's film career spanned eighty films from 1935 to 1991. With the strong morality he portrayed both on and off screen, he epitomized the "American ideal" in the mid–20th century. This publicity photograph of Stewart was taken for the 1948 film Call Northside 777.