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Big bird 大鳥

An Andean condor is let go after doctors helped heal it near Santiago, Chile. 在智利聖地牙哥附近,一隻安地斯禿鷹在接受醫生治療後展翅高飛.

PHOTO: AP

Looking out over the Andes mountains in Peru, you think you see an airplane. But is that really what it is?

In that part of the world, you might have to take out your binoculars to get a closer look. The Andes mountains are home to Andean condor, one of the largest birds in the world. Its wings are up to 310cm from tip to tip, so it is no wonder that these huge birds are sometimes mistaken for small airplanes.

Condors are covered in black feathers, with a ring of white feathers around the bottom of their necks and patches of white feathers on their wings. They only eat animals which are already dead. Larger animals, such as deer and cows, are their food of choice.

Often times, these condors will go for days without eating, and then they will eat a lot of food all at once. Sometimes they eat so much that they cannot lift themselves off the ground to fly!(Emily Shih, Staff Writer)

在祕魯安地斯山脈登高望遠,你以為自己看到了一架飛機。不過,那真的是飛機嗎?

在世界的那一端,你可能得拿出雙筒望遠鏡來看個仔細。安地斯山脈是世界上最大型的鳥類之一「安地斯禿鷹」的家鄉。安地斯禿鷹的翼幅寬達三百一十公分,難怪這些大鳥有時會被誤認為小型飛機。

安地斯禿鷹全身覆滿黑羽毛,脖子底端有一圈白羽毛,翅膀也有幾塊白羽毛。牠們只吃死的動物。如鹿、牛等較大型的動物是牠們食物的選擇。

這些禿鷹往往會有好幾天不吃東西,再一次吃下許多食物。有時候牠們吃太多了,甚至無法飛離地面! (翻譯︰賴美君)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. binoculars n.

雙筒望遠鏡 (shuang1 tong3 wang4 yuan3 jing4)

例: Our seats for the opera are really far from the stage, so we are bringing our binoculars.

(我們看歌劇的座位真的離舞台很遠,所以我們帶了雙筒望遠鏡。)

2. mistake sth./sb. for v. phr.

誤認為 (wu4 ren4 wei2)

例: My friend Brad is often mistaken for a basketball player because he is so tall.

(我的朋友布萊德因為個子很高,經常被誤認為籃球選手。)

3. patch n.

塊 (kuai4)

例: There is a patch of dirt in the middle of the lawn where there is no grass because my dog and I always play there.

(草坪中央有一塊土地沒有長草,因為我和狗總是在那裡玩耍。)


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