BBC Wildlife 29

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1 Fleshy growth on the head of a pheasant or vulture, say (6)

4 Young birds; fledglings (6)

9 ___-worms are legless lizards in the family Anguidae (4)

10 The ___ Society of London manages London Zoo (10)

11 ___ beetles are so named because they dig into timber (6)

12 Primitive insect of the order Plecoptera (8)

13 Flatfish Microstomus kitt that is native to shallow seas around Northern Europe (5, 4)

15 Another name for heather (4)

16 The ___-cricket is known in the USA as a katydid (4)

17 Biting African insect known for its ability to transmit sleeping sickness (6, 3)

21 The umbellifer Trinia glauca – rare in the UK and restricted to dry limestone sites (8)

22 Glacial period in which mammals such as the mammoth and ground sloth lived (3, 3)

24 Carnivorous canid of North America (6, 4)

25 Collective term for animals that are hunted, such as partridge and grouse (4)

26 Visit ___ Harbour in Australia to see migrating humpbacks and southern right whales (6)

27 Large lemurs that are native to Madagascar (6)


1 Alfred Russel ___ (1823–1913) devised a theory of evolution by natural selection (7)

2 The ___ owl makes a distinctive ‘ke-wick’ call (5)

3 Scaly reptiles such as the gecko, chameleon and iguana (7)

5 Crested bird with pink and pied plumage, a rare visitor to the UK (6)

6 South American tree also known as the monkey-puzzle tree (5, 4)

7 Name given to various soft-bodied marine invertebrates (7)

8 Process by which an organism can be preserved in stone (13)

14 Colony of saltwater molluscs of the superfamily Ostreoidea (6, 3)

16 Large gannet-like seabirds of tropical and subtropical coastlines (7)

18 Rearmost fin of a fish, also called the caudal fin (4, 3)

19 Plants in the family Fabaceae, often grown agriculturally (7)

20 Marine gastropod with a round, shiny shell in the family Cypraeidae (6)

23 Kind of moth also known as a snout or lappet moth (5)

Main image: Male common pheasant in Norfolk, UK. © David Tipling/Education Images/Universal Images Group/Getty


This crossword originally appeared in BBC Wildlife Magazine. Take a look inside the current issue and find out how to subscribe.