On Tuesday morning, at Manhattan’s American Museum of Natural History, Harvard Professor and CEO of Vapor Communications, David Edwards, will hit the ‘send’ button on his iPhone, and an email photograph tagged with the quintessential smell of New York — Pizza? The halal food trucks on 6th Avenue? The stench of horse piss on Central Park South? — will be delivered to a colleague in Paris, completing the first ever TransAtlantic transmission of a scent message.
The message, called an oNote, will be composed via an iPhone application called oSnap, soon to be available for free download in the Apple App store.
Sri Lanka Frogmouth (Ceylon Frogmouth)
A very comic looking yet beautiful and cute bird, Batrachostomus moniliger (Caprimulgiformes - Podargidae) is one of the few birds where the female is more colorful than the male.
The Sri Lanka Frogmouth is found in the Western Ghats of south India and Sri Lanka. Related to the nightjars, they are nocturnal and are found in forest habitats. The plumage resembles that of dried leaves and the birds roost on branches, sitting still and appearing like a dry branch, making them extremely difficult to locate. They however have favourite roosts that they use regularly unless disturbed. They have a distinctive call that is usually heard at dawn and dusk.
Photo credit: ©Rajesh Shah
Locality: Western Ghats, India
Related to the potoo?
Potoos (family Nyctibiidae), Nightjars (Family Caprimulgidae) and Frogmouths (Podargidae) are related and share resemblances, but only so far as the three groups of birds and families are in the Order Caprimulgiformes.