Birds

Birds are the only vertebrates that have feathers. All birds are warm-blooded and lay eggs. Adaptations such as hollow bones enable most birds to fly, although there are flightless birds, including the ostrich.

There are nearly 10,000 bird species in the world. Below is the list of birds on regular view at the Zoo or in the World of Birds Show.

African Fish Eagle

African fish eagle

The African fish eagle’s loud, distinctive call can be heard for miles and has earned it the name “the voice of Africa.”

African Pygmy Falcon

African Pygmy Falcon

African pygmy falcons are among the smallest raptors at just eight inches long.

Andean Condor

Andean Condor

With a wingspan of ten feet, the Andean condor is one of the world’s largest flying birds.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

The bald eagle was named the national bird of the United States in 1782 and appears on numerous government seals, bills, and coins.

Bateleur Eagle

Bateleur Eagle

Bateleur is French for “street performer” and refers to this eagle’s acrobatic flight abilities.

Black Headed Weaver

Black Headed Weaver

Black-headed weavers are gregarious, highly social, and very noisy birds.

Black Vulture

Black Vulture

Black vultures keep close social ties with their extended families throughout their lives.

Blue Billed Curassow

Blue Billed Curassow

The blue-billed curassow belongs to the order of birds known as galliformes—it is a tropical South American cousin of turkeys.

Bufflehead Duck

Bufflehead Duck

The bufflehead is North America’s smallest duck, measuring just over one foot long and weighing about one pound.

California Condor

California Condor

California condors are highly intelligent, inquisitive, and social birds.

Common Peafowl

Common Peafowl

Native to the Indian sub-continent, peafowl were domesticated in ancient times and introduced to many parts of the world.

Congo Peafowl

Congo Peafowl

Peafowl belong to the pheasant family, and the Congo peafowl is the only true pheasant native to Africa.

Crested Caracara

Crested Caracara

Known as the Mexican eagle, the crested caracara is the national bird of Mexico, but contrary to popular belief, it is not the bird found on that country’s flag.

Crested Oropendola

Crested Oropendola

Oropendolas make one of the most unusual and unique nests in the bird world.

Domestic Chicken

Domestic Chicken

Humans first domesticated the red junglefowl of southern Asia roughly 6,000 to 8,000 years ago.

East African Gray Crowned Crane

East African Gray Crowned Crane

Unlike other crane species, gray-crowned cranes can perch in the trees thanks to prehensile hind toes that allow them to grasp branches.

Eurasian Eagle Owl

Eurasian Eagle Owl

A distinguishing feature of this particular owl species is the orange color of their irises which contrast sharply with the dark plumage.

Flamingos

Flamingos

Flamingos are extremely gregarious birds with some flocks consisting of 200,000 paired birds.

Forest Red Tailed Black Cockatoo

Forest Red Tailed Black Cockatoo

Also known as karrak birds, forest red-tailed black cockatoos are parrot-like birds native to southwestern Australia.

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

The great horned owl is able to hunt an extensive array of prey, including animals that are larger and heavier than it is itself.

Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner

The roadrunner is known by many as the speedy bird from Warner Brothers cartoons who could always outrun the coyote.

Green Aracari

Green Aracari

Green aracaris are the smallest members of the toucan family.

Harpy Eagle

Harpy Eagle

Harpy eagles mate for life and construct loose nests out of sticks high in the tree tops.

Harris’s Hawk

Harris’s Hawk

As with all birds of prey, Harris’s hawks find prey by using their exceptional vision.

Hornbills

Hornbills

Hornbills have exceptionally long eyelashes (modified feathers) to keep dirt and debris out of their eyes.

King Vulture

King Vulture

Lanner Falcon

Lanner Falcon

Lanner falcons are known for fast and agile flight as well as unusual hunting tactics. These birds typically live in pairs and use a team approach to hunting.

Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra

The outstanding feature of the laughing kookaburra is its distinctive vocalizations.

Nicobar Pigeon

Nicobar Pigeon

Nicobar pigeons roost and nest on small, uninhabited islands to keep safe from predators.

Ostrich

Ostrich

The ostrich is the fastest land animal on two legs.

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine falcons are the world’s fastest animals, capable of reaching speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour when diving (or “stooping”) after prey.

Red Legged Seriema

Red Legged Seriema

Sounding like a yelping dog, the red-legged seriema’s call is very unusual.

Red Tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk

Rock Dove

Rock Dove

Rock doves, generally known as pigeons, are so common that they often go completely unnoticed by humans. However, they have played many important roles in different cultures around the world.

Rose Breasted Cockatoo

Rose Breasted Cockatoo

Rose-breasted cockatoos—or “galahs”—are relatives of parrots that are often seen in city parks in Australia.

Ross’s Turaco

Ross’s Turaco

Ross’s turacos are very social birds and can be found in monogamous pairs, family groups or in flocks of up to 30 individuals.

Sacred Ibis

Sacred Ibis

The sacred ibis was revered by the ancient Egyptians, who believed that the god Thoth, who symbolized wisdom and knowledge, came to earth in the form of an ibis.

Salmon Crested Cockatoo

Salmon Crested Cockatoo

This species namesake salmon-crest is a ridge of feathers on the top of the head that the bird can raise when threatened or excited.

Sarus Crane

Sarus Crane

The sarus crane is the world’s tallest flying bird. In many Asian cultures, symbolizes marriage because it performs elaborate courtship dances and mates for life.

Southern (double Wattled) Cassowary

Southern (double Wattled) Cassowary

Cassowaries, like ostriches, are members of a group of flightless birds called ratites and have a reputation for being bad tempered.

Steller's Sea Eagle

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Steller’s sea eagles live along narrow strips of coast in Siberian Russia and the northern parts of Korea where they (as their name implies) rely on ocean fish for sustenance.

Sunbittern

Sunbittern

Sunbitterns are wading birds native to Central and South America.

Violet Turaco

Violet Turaco

Although they spend all their time in the trees, turacos are actually not very good fliers.

West African Black Crowned Crane

West African Black Crowned Crane

The two species of Balearica cranes are the smallest of the fifteen crane species, and they are the only cranes that roost in trees.

White Crowned Robin Chat

White Crowned Robin Chat

This colorful member of the Old World flycatcher family lives in a large part of West Africa.

White Faced Whistling Duck

White Faced Whistling Duck

These birds are sometimes called white-faced tree ducks because of their habit of occasionally perching in trees.