Crested coua

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A type of cuckoo bird, the crested coua lives in the forests and savannahs of Madagascar where it feeds on fruit, insects and other small animals.

Collared finch-billed bulbul

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The collared finch-billed bulbul is a songbird from Asia named for a collar of white feathers around its neck. A monogamous pair of bulbuls roosts in a small cup-shaped nest in the trees.

Tambourine Dove

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The tambourine dove forages for seeds, berries and fallen fruit on the ground, but nests in shrubs or trees. The male and female of a breeding pair work together to incubate two cream-colored eggs laid in a twig nest and care for the chicks upon hatching.

White-cheeked Bulbul

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Usually seen in pairs or small flocks, white-cheeked bulbuls are medium-sized songbirds named for their prominent white cheek patches. Males and females look alike.

Magpie Shrike

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Perched on the outer branches of a thorny bush, the magpie shrike scans its surroundings for grasshoppers, lizards and other small prey. The shrike often displays cooperative breeding, whereby young from the previous brood remain at their natal nest to help the breeding pair raise the next clutch.

 

Lanner Falcon

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The lanner falcon is one of the few birds of prey to hunt cooperatively. One falcon flushes up a pigeon or other small bird from its hiding place; then the other swoops in to catch it. Instead of diving after prey like a peregrine falcon does, the lanner falcon flies in horizontally, reaching speeds up to 90 mph.

Rüppell’s Vulture

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When one vulture spots a carcass and flies down, the rest follow fast on its tail. At a scavenger dinner party, it’s first come, first served.

Lappet-faced Vulture

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One vulture on a carcass soon turns into an unruly mob of vultures, all fighting to get their share. As the largest vulture in Africa, the red-headed lappet-faced vulture dominates the chaos.

Ostrich

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As the world’s largest and heaviest living bird, the ostrich can’t fly to get away from predators, but it sure can run fast—up to 40 miles per hour! It can also deliver a powerful kick, if a predator gets too close.