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.

Barred owl

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Perched in a tree, the barred owl scans the forest floor for small creatures. Large, forward-facing eyes equip the owl with exceptional vision and an acute ability to judge distances. Soft, fringed feathers silent the owl’s flight as it swoops down to catch its unsuspecting prey.

Yellow-rumped cacique

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The yellow-rumped cacique is a highly social bird that nests in colonies. More than 100 nests have been counted in a single tree, presumably providing protection in numbers. The symphony of sounds emanated from a colony is truly remarkable, complete with fluting notes, cackles, clucks and wheezes.


 

Fairy Bluebird

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The fairy bluebird favors figs and travels throughout the forest in search of fruiting trees. As it passes fig seeds in its droppings along the way, the fairy bluebird gives fig trees the chance to grow in different areas.

Trumpeter Swan

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The trumpeter swan was nearly hunted to extinction for it’s skin, feather, meat and eggs in the early 1900’s.  Protection, habitat restoration and reintroduction have allowed the trumpeter swan to make an amazing comeback.  Today the species in no longer considered in danger of extinction.

Hyacinth Macaw

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Two toes point forward and two toes points backward, allowing the hyacinth macaw to maintain a secure grip.on a tree branch. The hyacinth macaw’s strong, hooked beak is designed for cracking open nuts, a favorite of which is the oil palm nut.