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 Vulture
Black Vulture

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

Black-Headed Weaver
Black-Headed Weaver

Black-headed weavers are among the master architects of the animal world.

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 Chickens
Domestic Chickens

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 always bested Wile E. Coyote.

Green Aracari
Green Aracari

Green aracaris are the smallest members of the toucan family.

Harpy Eagle
Harpy Eagle

A large harpy eagle can carry its body weight, about 17 pounds, in long 5-inch talons.

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

What does it take to become king among vultures? A unique skill set and connections to the gods.

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.

Macaw
Macaw

Macaws belong to a family of birds that includes parrots, parakeets, lorikeets, love birds, and cockatoos.

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

Red-tailed hawks are one of the best-known birds of prey. Among the largest hawk species, they can be found across North America and are often seen soaring in and over the Zoo.

Rock Dove (Pigeon)
Rock Dove (Pigeon)

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 (Galah)
Rose-Breasted Cockatoo (Galah)

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.