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
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 falcons are among the smallest raptors at just eight inches long.
With a wingspan of ten feet, the Andean condor is one of the world’s largest flying birds.
The bald eagle was named the national bird of the United States in 1782 and appears on numerous government seals, bills, and coins.
Bateleur is French for “street performer” and refers to this eagle’s acrobatic flight abilities.
Black vultures keep close social ties with their extended families throughout their lives.
The blue-billed curassow belongs to the order of birds known as galliformes—it is a tropical South American cousin of turkeys.
The bufflehead is North America’s smallest duck, measuring just over one foot long and weighing about one pound.
California condors are highly intelligent, inquisitive, and social birds.
Native to the Indian sub-continent, peafowl were domesticated in ancient times and introduced to many parts of the world.
Peafowl belong to the pheasant family, and the Congo peafowl is the only true pheasant native to Africa.
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.
Oropendolas make one of the most unusual and unique nests in the bird world.
Humans first domesticated the red junglefowl of southern Asia roughly 6,000 to 8,000 years ago.
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.
A distinguishing feature of this particular owl species is the orange color of their irises which contrast sharply with the dark plumage.
Flamingos are extremely gregarious birds with some flocks consisting of 200,000 paired birds.
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.
The roadrunner is known by many as the speedy bird from Warner Brothers cartoons who always bested Wile E. Coyote.
Green aracaris are the smallest members of the toucan family.
A large harpy eagle can carry its body weight, about 17 pounds, in long 5-inch talons.
As with all birds of prey, Harris’s hawks find prey by using their exceptional vision.
Hornbills have exceptionally long eyelashes (modified feathers) to keep dirt and debris out of their eyes.
What does it take to become king among vultures? A unique skill set and connections to the gods.
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.
The outstanding feature of the laughing kookaburra is its distinctive vocalizations.
Macaws belong to a family of birds that includes parrots, parakeets, lorikeets, love birds, and cockatoos.
Nicobar pigeons roost and nest on small, uninhabited islands to keep safe from predators.
The ostrich is the fastest land animal on two legs.
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.
Sounding like a yelping dog, the red-legged seriema’s call is very unusual.
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 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.
Ross’s turacos are very social birds and can be found in monogamous pairs, family groups or in flocks of up to 30 individuals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunbitterns are wading birds native to Central and South America.
Although they spend all their time in the trees, turacos are actually not very good fliers.
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-Faced Whistling Duck
These birds are sometimes called white-faced tree ducks because of their habit of occasionally perching in trees.