Y is for yellow-bellied asity
The yellow-bellied asity is a tiny, extraordinarily beautiful, brilliantly plumaged bird. It lives in high-elevation forests in Madagascar.
It has a downwardly curving, black beak and drinks nectar using its long, hollow tongue. Despite being very small it defends its nectar sources bravely, flashing its bright yellow throat feathers at creatures many times its size, even humans.
For some time this bird was thought to be extinct, possibly because it lives at high elevations, but it was then rediscovered. However there are still encroachments of deforestation in its territory and it is classified by the IUCN Red List for Threatened Species as Vulnerable.
The yellow-bellied asity
is famed for its audacity,
defending with tenacity,
has gymnastic capacity
and black bill with curvacity
which tops many hued vivacity
If you’d like to read more about this little bird, click here: Wikipedia.
If you’d like to read about the IUCN Red List for Threatened Species, click here: IUCN Red List.
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