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Bostrychia hagedash - Hadada Ibis

This species of ibis is found in Sub-Saharan Africa.  It is a large bird about 76 cm long.  Grey/brown, it has a narrow, white horizontal stripe across its cheeks sometimes called a "moustache".  Plumage over the wings has an iridescent purple sheen.  Take note of the large dark bill with a red stripe on the upper mandible.

The common name comes from its distinctive call "haa-haa-haa-de-dah".  When they are looking for food, they make a growl that sounds like a young puppy.

Range:  Sub-Saharan Africa in open grasslands, savanna and wetlands.
Class:  Aves
Order:  Pelecaniformes

 

Bostrychia hagedash Hadada Ibis Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Chicago Zoo - Hadada Ibis - 1

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Burhinus capensis - Spotted Dikkop

 

Burhinus capensis is also known as the "Spotted Dikkop" or "Cape Thick-knee".  It is a nocturnal bird and squats on the ground during daylight hiding.

Making its home in the dry grasslands and savannas of Sub-Saharan Africa, this species of bird lives and hunts on the ground.  It forages for insects, small mammals and lizards.  It's nest is nothing more than an indentation in the ground lined with grasses, feathers, pebbles and twigs.  It relies on its brown, spotted feathers to provide camouflage.  Mature birds can reach heights of 18 inches.

Range:  Central and Southern Africa
Class:  Birds
Order:  Charadriiformes

 

Burhinus capensis Spotted Dikkop bird

Lincoln Park Chicago Zoo - Spotted Dikkop - 1

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Spotted Dikkop bird Lincoln Park Zoo

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Cosmopsarus regius - Golden-breasted Starling

Cosmopsarus regius is also known as the "Royal Starling".  Easy to identify, this species has unmistakable colours - a yellow-breast with metallic blue wings, violet throat and vibrant green head.  Birds grow up to 35 cm in length.

This species lives in family groups of 3-12 individuals in savannas and dry-thorn forests.  Females lay their eggs in the holes of trees and the entire group raises the young by gathering food and nesting materials.  Diet consists of insects and termites.

Range:  Northeastern Africa
Class:  Birds
Order:  Passeriformes

 

Cosmopsarus regiu Golden-breasted Starling bird

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Dinemallia dinemalli - White-Headed Buffalo Weaver

Another species easy to identify by its markings is the White-Headed Buffalo Weaver, sometimes also called the "White-faced Buffalo-Weaver".  Take note of its white head, black wings and tail, orange rump and white chest.  The name comes from its habit of following buffalo and feeding on the disturbed insects.

This species likes the savanna and dry brush.  Named after their elaborate nests, birds weave together thorny branches.  They forage for insects, seeds and fruit.

Range:  Eastern Africa, from Tanzania to Somalia
Class:  Birds
Order:  Passeriformes

 

Dinemallia dinemalli White-Headed Buffalo Weaver

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Small white bird White-headed Buffalo Weaver Lincoln Park Zoo

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Sicalis flaveola - Saffron Finch

Sicalis flaveola is commonly known as the "Brazilian Saffron Finch, Sparrow Finch" or "Yellow Finch".  Originally from South America, it can now be found in most of South America including Netherlands Antilles, Colombia, Suriname, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Venezuela, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Guyanas. This bird prefers open and semi-open areas in lowlands.  

Males are bright yellow with an orange crown.  Females are a duller version of the male, although in some subspecies, they may have an olive-brown body with dark markings.

Range:  Most of South America
Class:  Aves
Order:  Passeriformes

 

Sicalis flaveola Saffron Finch yellow bird

Saffron Finch - 1  Photographed on Grand Cayman island.

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Small yellow Caribbean bird Saffron Finch

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"The reason birds can fly and we can't 
is simply because 
they have perfect faith, 
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Did you know....

There are about 10000 species of birds in the world!

Birds have hollow bones which help them to fly!

 

 

Did you know....

Hummingbirds can fly backwards!

The smallest egg comes from a hummingbird and is the size of a pea.  The largest comes from an ostrich and is the size of a cantaloupe.

 

 

Did you know....

The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but cannot fly!

Males of most bird species are more colourful with beautiful feather shapes!

 

 

Did you know....

Mocking birds can imitate sounds!

Herons & Egrets were killed by the thousands so that their feathers cold be used to decorate women's hats!

 

 

Did you know....

Barn owls swallow their prey whole.  After digestion, they cough up the prey's bones & fur!

 

 

 

 

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