Birds A-M

Birds are very friendly, quirky creatures. Let’s get to know the most famous few of these guys so we can really appreciate them.

Albatross

Albatross are really interesting creatures, with so many different adaptations, I couldn’t tell you the half of them. But, the coolest couple things about these guys are that in a single flap of their wings, they can glide for multiple miles! They must be really strong! This is what they look like:

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Bananaquit

Bananaquits aren’t really that famous in the bird family here, but down in Costa Rica and nearby where they are plentiful, you’ll see these guys really pretty. They have a very distinctive feather color.

Once again, I’m sorry for possible pixelated-ness.

Cassowary

Cassowaries are one of the few birds in the flightless birds family, and some of the biggest. If you saw one of these guys, you would want to get at least 20 yards away, because they could break your neck in a second!

Dove

Doves, on the inside, are quite different from the idea of love they are given. Yes, they are pretty, yes they like to be in pairs. But they have a wild side. They are great at flying, and they even store oxygen in their bones to fly longer!

Emu

Emus are another flightless bird, but a little different from our cassowary. Despite their extreme strength, they do not often kill humans. Still be wary of these creatures of legend, however. They can disembowel you with their sharp claws.

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Finch

Finches come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, but most have vibrant colors and are very fat. These birds have a call that is a very sharp zheep!, that they may make flying or perched.

Goose

These duck-like figures are commonly pictured in depictions of ponds and farms, but aren’t quite as nice as their relatives. A goose can be a lethal enemy, if they can get their neck around yours, but don’t worry, that is extremely rare.

Heron

Heron are very elegant creatures, living in their North America home, and they catch fish for food! These bird’s legs help them in their quest for our aquatic comrades, but the best part, the part that really does it, is their big bill.

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Ibis

Ibis are another walking bird, with many interesting facts about them. First of all, these birds, at their tallest, are 3’4”! That is two rulers (feet) shorter than about an average human. Despite their huge height, they can bend over to reach the ground, where their food is.

Jay

Jays are classic birds that most famously come in the color: blue. Blue jays, scrub jays, and many other jays are blue, but that isn’t their only color. They can also be white, or, to the eyes of UV seers, ultraviolet! (Humans can’t see ultraviolet, only specialized animals can.)

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Kiwi

Kiwis, a strange bird native to New Zealand, are not to be mixed up with the fruit, kiwi, which also comes from New Zealand. These birds have very long bills that they use to gorge on plants, but now, their endangered!

Lark

So many kinds of them! Meadowlarks, skylarks, larkspurs, just kidding, larkspurs are plants. Anyway, larks are birds that live from anywhere to standard countryside to cold (but not completely frigid) tundra. These birds have 91 different species, but they all have one thing in common: They are larks.

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Macaw

Macaws are very pigmented birds, and come in all kinds, from the classic Scarlet Macaw, to the not so heard of Military Macaws, Great Green Macaws, Blue and Gold Macaws, and Hybrid Macaws. These birds live across South and Central America, where they live lives of almonds, fruit, and insects for meals.

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to check out part 2, N-Z!

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