The Brahminy Kite is one of the medium-sized raptors with a white head and breast. The rest of of is body is striking chestnut brown. The wings are broad with dark ‘fingered’ wing tips and tail is short. Brahminy kite feed on carrion, insects and fish and they have around 30 years of lifespan.
The nest of Brahminy Kite is build in living trees near water often mangrove trees. Both parents incubate the eggs and the average clutch consists of 1 to 3 dull white or bluish-white egg which are incubated for 26-35 days before hatching. The young are fed bill to bill with small pieces of food. They become reproductive maturity and are ready to breed at two years of age.
Langkawi is believed to have originated from the abundance of Brahminy Kites (Helang) on the island and Kawi (marble in Sanskrit) begets the moniker helang-kawi which eventually toned down to Langkawi. Another interesting fact about Brahminy Kite is that the immature birds have been observed in playful behavior such as dropping leaves and attempting to catch them in the air. Brahminy Kites gather in communal roosts that may sometimes number as many as 600 individuals.
Red is the koi’s signature color but it is not only shade the species rocks. Koi fish have 6 type of color of cells in their skins such as red, yellow, black, white, blue or metallic. Origin koi fish were bred by the rice farmers in Japan, who wanted to see if they could bring out the spots of color that would sometimes appear on their food carp. Koi fish omnivores fish that will snack on everything from snails and insects to algae or plants.
The male fish will ram the females to encourage them to expunge their eggs. The female koi expel their eggs on vegetation or special breeding mats. The fertilised eggs then hatch after one or two weeks depending on the water temperature. Young koi ranges from 3 inches to 8 inches while mature koi 14 inches to 24 inches. However, some jumbo koi end up 32 inches to 36 inches long.
They are a regular competition named the top koi. Judges will pay attention on various healthy conditions such as skin, size, body shape and coloring. Kohaku, Sanke and Showa always top winning koi fish in the world. One of the most expensive koi fish sold was 1.8 millions dollars. This expensive fish was choose to have wide body and lots of red cells that concentrate large patches.
Greater flamingos have their feathers are pinkish or white, the wing covers are red and the primary and secondary flight feathers are black. They have around 40 to 60 years of lifespan. Greater flamingos are omnivores eating crustaceans, mollusk, crabs and algae.
Greater flamingos live and feed in groups called flocks or colonies up to 20 000 or more pairs. They perform spectacular group displays of courtship involving ritualized preeding, synchronized wing raising and head flagging where they rise their necks and beaks and turn the head side to side. Once mating is complete, a pair takes turn incubating their single chalky-white egg. Young flamingos are born gray and white and do not turn pink for two years.
Greater flamingos are thought to be able to sleep while they stand on one leg and can often be seen standing on one leg, thought to be for the purpose of keeping the tucked-up leg warm within their feathers. Interesting beautiful color of Greater flamingos are responsible for shrimp-like crustaceans of their diet. Their pink color comes from a carotenoid pigment present in the algae and crustaceans they eat.