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Do you know this bird?

Google has failed me (even the reverse image search, which failed rather spectacularly), and since it worked so well last time, I thought I’d ask the readers once again:  any idea what species this bird hails from?

It was spotted while at the walk-in aviary near Canberra, surrounded by dozens of species of parrots, cockatoos, finches, and more.  But there was no picture on the board identifying it, and I forgot to ask on the way out.  So, if you know this bird let me hear about it in the comments!  A prize will be given for the first correct answer*.

* The prize is a lie.  There is no prize.

Update:  pete chimes in below with what I think is the correct answer:  the Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) found in Africa and Asia according to Wikipedia.  The internet FTW!

The Rose-ringed parakeet, with a colour mutation to blue...

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Unidentified: any spider people recognise it?

Spider people, leave me a comment if you know anything about this spectacular individual, found in Sydney while I was walking to lunch:

Unidentified spider I saw on my way to lunch...

Captured with my iPhone 4S...

 

Update: Twitter responds!

 

 

 

 

And a quick email to one of UNSW’s spider gurus, Michael Kasumovic, confirms that this is probably a juvenile of Nephilia plumpies.  Thanks, guys!

 

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