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Wild in New Guinea
Animals by Region
"There are only a few places on Earth which can be described as truly wild. The dense forest of New Guinea is one such place. Take this quiz to look at some of the animals which live wild in these forests, away from major human activity."
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New Guinea is famous for its large population of beautiful birds. This bird in particular has a distinctive sickle-shaped head, a ridged beak which can reach up to 10 inches in length, and a predictably stunning display of colourful feathers (males only). The unusual structures of these bird's skulls has meant that they are hunted by local tribesmen, who wear the skulls as ornaments. Which bird is this?
The blue-tailed bee eater
The Papuan hornbill
The spangled kookaburra
The pied coucal
This next wild beast is slightly less attractive. It roams the swamps of New Guinea, terrifying all who come across it and eating everything from tropical birds to eggs to rotten flesh. Which large lizard is this?
The gila monster
The crocodile monitor
The beaded lizard
The frilled dragon
After recent exploration of the island, several new species were discovered on New Guinea. As most of these were types of insect, scientists were thrilled to find a new species of mammal. Which of these animals was discovered in 2009 during an expedition to the island?
A giant woolly rat
A feathery fruit bat
A pygmy snow leopard
A poisonous python
It isn't just birds which thrive on the island of New Guinea, but reptiles too. Found in many areas in New Guinea, Australia, and other surrounding islands is a medium-sized (up to 37 cm) lizard - a type of skink. What colour, the colour of the inside of this skink's mouth, precedes "-tongued skink" to give the name of this lizard?
Another bird which lives in New Guinea is the megapode. This bird is unusual in that it does not incubate its eggs with body heat. How do megapode birds incubate their eggs?
Allowing other birds to incubate them
Laying large leaves on top of them
Laying them in warm water
Burying them deep into the ground
As an island, New Guinea has a huge variety of animals which can be found in no other places in the world. These unique species can be completely new to us, or variations on familiar animals. This question is about the latter. Which rather odd creature can you find on the island of New Guinea, behaving in a way that its namesakes would definitely not?
The lame frog
The cowardly lion
The tree kangaroo
The lethargic lemur
The rainforest of New Guinea is also home to a variety of insects. What is peculiar on this island is a common killer of these insects. Which of these causes of death affects many ants on the island?
Large flying stick insects infiltrate ant colonies and eat many of them
A parasitic fungus enters these ants and grows, eventually bursting out of the ant's body
A carnivorous tree uses sap to trap the ants before digesting them
Entire ant colonies can catch the "flu" and are unable to recover
Off the coast of New Guinea, you will find a whole world of strange and wonderful creatures. One notable animal is the eeltail catfish. Although this creature sounds fairly mundane, it differs from most of its relatives in a large way. What difference is this?
They are venomous
They are hermaphrodites
They are amphibious
They are cannibals
The final and possibly most stunning New Guinean bird in this quiz is one noted for its brilliant courtship displays. The male of this species possesses extravagant, long, golden-brown feathers and a yellow and emerald head. Finally, this bird is the national bird of Papua New Guinea. Which bird is this?
The king bird of paradise
The raggiana bird of paradise
The ornate fruit dove
The beautiful fruit dove
Which animal, with species such as silky, mountain, and bear, and a name similar to that of a staple food in North Africa, was found by BBC documentary makers in 2009 to have a new sub-species on the island of New Guinea?
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Compiled May 19 13