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Himantopus himantopus mexicanus - Black-necked Stilt

Easy to recognize, this species has a black head, neck and back with a white underside and long, thin red legs.  This bird is abundant along the shores of wetlands and coastlands.  It can be found in Florida, Central America, Northern South America and Brazil.  It migrates to pockets in the central and western United States during the summer.

Favourite foods include aquatic invertebrates - crustaceans, arthropods, mollusks, small fish and tadpoles.

Habitat:  Wetlands including estuaries and salt ponds.

 

Himantopus himantopus mexicanus Black-necked Stilt

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Black-necked Stilt black bird white underside long legs

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Platalea alba - African Spoonbill

Easy to recognized from its long, thin beak that ends in a flat, extended bulge that resembles a spoon, it is apparent where this bird's common name comes from.  Birds have white plumage with a red face and feet.

African Spoonbills can be found throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and prefer marshes, swamps and riverbanks in addition to plains and savannas.

Preferred diet is fish, crustaceans and insects that they hunt in the water by sweeping their bills in a side-to-side motion.

Range:  Sub-Saharan Africa.
Class:  Birds
Order:  Ciconiiformes

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Platalea alba African Spoonbill white bird

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Scopus umbretta - Hamerkop

This species gets its name from the pointed wedge of feathers on the back of its head making it resemble a hammer.  Birds can reach two feet in length.  Both males and females have brown feathers.

Using its sturdy bill, this species eats fish, frogs, rodents and small animals.

Did you know...

that the Hamerkop is known for its large nests?  Made of sticks and built in the treetops of the savanna, the same nest is returned to and used every year.  Sticks up to eight feet in length are added and the nest becomes larger every year.

Habitat:  The Hamerkop prefers wetlands and the shores of lakes and rivers.

Range:  Sub-Sharan Africa
Class:  Birds
Order:  Ciconiiformes

 

Scopus umbretta Hamerkop brown bird

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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!

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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