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UAKARI

The uakari is a New World monkey that lives in rainforests and swamp forests in South America. These omnivorous (eating both plants and animals) monkeys have powerful jaws and teeth - they can break Brazil nut shells with their teeth. These relatively quiet arboreal (tree-dwelling) monkeys have a bald face and a short tail (less than 1/3 of the head and body length - this is unusual for arboreal monkeys). They normally weigh between 3 - 4 kilograms - females are slightly bigger than males. They often travel in troops of 30 to 50 monkeys. Classification: Class Mamalia (mammals), order Primates, Family Cebidae (Cebid Monkeys, have nails of fingers and toes), Subfamily Pitheciinae (uakaris and sakis), genus Cacajao (uakari). There are two species of uakari, including the red uakari (Cacajao calvus, also called the bald or white uakari) and the black uakari (Cacajao melanocephalus, also called the black-headed uakari).

UANANO

The Uanano (also called Guanano or Wanano) are an indigeneous (native) rainforest people who live in the middle rainforest Blackwater Uaupes (Vaupés) River Basin of Brazil and Colombia; they are part of the Tukanoan family of indigeneous peoples of the northwest Amazon rainforest. The language the Uanano speak is also called Uanano or Guanano.


ULYSSES BUTTERFLY

Papilio ulysses, also known as the Ulysses butterfly, the Blue Mountain Swallowtail, the Blue Emperor, and the Mountain Blue, is a spectacular Australia butterfly. The male is an iridescent blue-green with a dark background. The female is more subdued in color. They have a wingspan of about 5.5 inches (14 cm). Both have a long "swallowtail." Males are attracted to most blue objects (mistaking them for females). There are 16 known subspecies.


UMBRELLABIRD

A bird with a large tuft of feathers on its head.

UNDERBRUSH

Underbrush consists of the small trees, shrubs, herbs, and other small plants that grow under the tall trees in a forest .

UNDERSTORY

The understory of a rainforest is a dark, cool environment under the leaves in the trees (the canopy) of a forest, but over the ground.


UNGULIGRADE

Unguligrade means walking on hoofed feet. Horses, deer, pigs, and many other mammals are unguligrade. (Compare with plantigrade and digitigrade.)

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