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.

Micronesian Kingfisher

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A forest-dwelling bird, the Micronesian kingfisher swoops down from its perch in a tree to snatch up insects, crustaceans and lizards in its large bill.

Salmon-Crested Cockatoo

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Cockatoos are noisy, flocking parrots that live in Australia, Indonesia, and nearby islands. They are characterized by a large, feathered head crest that they raise in alarm or excitement. Strong, curved bills are used to crack seeds and eat insects and fruits. 

 

Lady Ross’ Turaco

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Turacos rarely come down from the forest canopy. They rapidly run along vines and branches squirrel-style. Their two outer toes rotate backwards for better gripping, and their long tails help with balance.

Nicobar pigeon

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The colorful Nicobar pigeon has such a strong, hooked bill that it can crack open nuts that would require a hammer for a human. They also feed on fruit and various invertebrates found among the leaf litter on the wooded islands they inhabit. Hunting and habitat loss are threatening the species’ survival.


 

Hamerkop

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Wading in shallow water, the hamerkop rakes its bill along the bottom in search of frogs and fish. Every so often, the bird flaps its wings to flush prey out of hiding. It also hunts on the fly. Spotting prey from above, the hamerkop dives down to scoop it up.