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Pied Falconet - Microhierax melanoleucos
Members of the genus Microhierax (Falconiformes - Falconidae) are the smallest of falcons. This species, Microhierax melanoleucos, grows up to 20 cm and has a maximum wingspan of 37 cm.
Some individuals of the Pied Falconet have a thin white line across the base of the cere, over the eyes and down to the breast giving the appearance of a white face with large black eye patches.
The Pied Falconet is found in the forests of Bangladesh, China, India, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Viet Nam.
References: [1] - [2]
Photo credit: ©阿棋 (Kei) Looking@Nature | Locality: unknown (2011)

libutron:

Pied Falconet - Microhierax melanoleucos

Members of the genus Microhierax (Falconiformes - Falconidae) are the smallest of falcons. This species, Microhierax melanoleucos, grows up to 20 cm and has a maximum wingspan of 37 cm.

Some individuals of the Pied Falconet have a thin white line across the base of the cere, over the eyes and down to the breast giving the appearance of a white face with large black eye patches.

The Pied Falconet is found in the forests of Bangladesh, China, India, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Viet Nam.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©阿棋 (Kei) Looking@Nature | Locality: unknown (2011)

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Instead of countless throwaway Bond girls, we almost had one girl Bond.
4 Pop Culture Icons… Who Were Originally Meant to be Women

#3. James Bond
In 1955, Gregory Ratoff optioned the rights to Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, hoping to turn it into a hit action movie about a suave British intelligence agent. But after carefully studying the book, which he probably should’ve done before shelling out money for it, Ratoff found Bond’s character incredibly unbelievable and “kind of stupid.” Those were actually the exact words of Lorenzo Semple Jr., who was hired as the movie’s screenwriter, and who also kind of had a point. Think about it; if you’d never heard of James Bond, would you ever buy the idea of an internationally-recognized spy whose entire personality consisted of killing people and ejaculating, probably often at the same time?
That’s why, at one point, Ratoff and Semple seriously considered making their James Bond a woman — Jane Bond. They even went as far as choosing an actress to play her: famed starlet Susan Hayward, who, according to Ratoff, owed the producer a favor and would totally be up for the role.

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cracked:

Instead of countless throwaway Bond girls, we almost had one girl Bond.

4 Pop Culture Icons… Who Were Originally Meant to be Women

#3. James Bond

In 1955, Gregory Ratoff optioned the rights to Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, hoping to turn it into a hit action movie about a suave British intelligence agent. But after carefully studying the book, which he probably should’ve done before shelling out money for it, Ratoff found Bond’s character incredibly unbelievable and “kind of stupid.” Those were actually the exact words of Lorenzo Semple Jr., who was hired as the movie’s screenwriter, and who also kind of had a point. Think about it; if you’d never heard of James Bond, would you ever buy the idea of an internationally-recognized spy whose entire personality consisted of killing people and ejaculating, probably often at the same time?

That’s why, at one point, Ratoff and Semple seriously considered making their James Bond a woman — Jane Bond. They even went as far as choosing an actress to play her: famed starlet Susan Hayward, who, according to Ratoff, owed the producer a favor and would totally be up for the role.

Read More

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