Magazine article Word Ways

Animal Crackers

Magazine article Word Ways

Animal Crackers

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What do the following vertebrates have in common? This is a logological puzzle, no knowledge of zoology required. If you need help, see below.

the indian bloodsucker AGAMID lizard, Calotes versicolor [no relation to the vampire]

the spring BABBLER, Turdoides nipalensis [no relation to the bullshit artist]

Seba's short tailed BAT, Carollia perspicillata [no relation to the spectacled owl below]

the tomb BAT, Taphozus perforatus [no relation to the wombbat]

the armored CHAMELEON, Leandria permeata [no relation to the camouflaged ta nk]

Kerr's DANIO fish, Brachydanio kerri

Peron's DOLPHIN, Lissodelphis peronii

the sooty FALCON, Falco concolor

The Bonin FINCH, Chaunoproctus ferreorostris

the masked FINFOOT rail, Heliopais personata [the great rail robber?]

the Afghan FOX, Vulpes canus [no relation to al-Qaida]

the chestnut-naped FRANCOLIN, Francolinus castaneicollis

the brevicipid FROG, Breviceps adspersus

the spruce GROUSE, Canachites canadensis [no relation to Howard Hughes]

the spectacled OWL, Pulsatrix perspicillata [poorer unaided vision than other owls?]

the masked PARAKEET, Prosopeiapersonata [no relation to the finfoot--or is there? Can't tell!]

Bulwer's PETREL, Bulweria bulwerii

the spectacled SALAMANDER, Salamandra terdigitata [no relation to the spectacled owl]

the brown-billed SCYHE BILL woodcreeper, Campylorhamphus pusillus [worth two bills?]

Verreaux's SIFAKA lemur, Propithecus verreauxi

the desert SPARROW, Passer simplex

the gray-backed STORM PETREL, Garrodia nereis

the chimney SWIFT, Chaetura pelagica [no relation to the chimney sweep]

The title is a clue. …

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