Tawny Frogmouth

Though it resembles an owl, the tawny frogmouth belongs to an order of insect-eating, nocturnal birds that includes nightjars and nighthawks. It is difficult to spot in the wild thanks to its nocturnal lifestyle and excellent camouflage. When threatened, the frogmouth stretches and freezes to look like nothing more than a branch.

Crested Screamer

Crested screamers spend their days foraging in groups for aquatic plants in marshes and lakes. Their long legs and long toes help them wade through the water with ease. At any sign of danger, the bird flies up into a tree and sounds an alarm call.

Buff-crested bustard

The buff-crested bustard is named for a crest of feathers along the back of the male’s neck that are erected when displaying. The male courts the female by flying straight up in the air, and then seems to fall and catch itself just before it hitting the ground.

Red-legged seriema

Walking through the grassland, the red-legged seriema hunts for insects, snakes and other small animals. It often smashes prey against a rock or beats it on the ground before proceeding to eat it. Small prey is swallowed whole while larger prey is first ripped to pieces with its bill.

Crested coua

The crested coua is a type of cuckoo bird. The male and female of a pair cooperate to care for their chicks. Crested coua chicks have unique red and white markings inside their mouths that look like bull’s eyes, presumably to show their parents where to put the food.


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

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.

Lady Ross’ Turaco

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.


Large and heavy with shaggy, fur-like feathers, the emu cannot fly. Instead it walks, sometimes over great distances, in search of seeds and berries. When threatened, perhaps by a pack of dingoes, the emu runs at a surprising speed of up to 30 miles per hour.

Rhinoceros Hornbill

The rhinoceros hornbill is named for the rhino horn-shaped casque on its beak, which may be used in fighting, to amplify its calls, for courtship displays, or just to knock down fruit for eating. Hornbills have very interesting nesting habits.