Flying

  • Secretary bird

    These Birds of sub-Saharan Africa’s savannas, grasslands, and shrub lands stand at nearly four feet tall—and standing is often how you’ll find them, because they primarily move around on foot. They fly only when necessary, such as to reach their nest in the trees and for courtship displays. The secretary bird…

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  • Partridge

    Plump, midsize birds with curved bills, partridges live in a variety of habitats around the world, including forests, grasslands, and rocky plains. Despite what you may have heard about pear trees, the 56 partridge species are ground-dwellers, using their short, sturdy legs and strong claws to dig for food or make nests.…

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  • Shoebill

    Depending on your perspective, a shoebill either has the same goofy charm as the dodo or it looks like it might go on the attack any moment. What makes the aptly named shoebill so unique is its foot-long bill that resembles a Dutch clog. Tan with brown splotches, it's five inches wide and…

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  • Southern cassowary

    The Southern cassowary is one of three extant cassowary species, distinct in that it lives on the southern side of New Guinea and in areas of northern Australia. Cassowaries are large, flightless birds, similar in certain respects to emus and ostriches. In fact, cassowaries are closely related to kiwis. Compared…

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  • Harpy eagle

    Harpy eagles are the largest species of eagle in the world. With a massive wingspan, a sharp hooked beak, and intimidatingly long talons, these almost mythic birds are at the top of the food chain in their native habitat. Harpy eagles live primarily in the jungles of South America, although…

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  • Flying squirrel

    The Flying squirrel (tribe Pteromyini), any of more than 50 species of gliding squirrels. Three species are North American, two live in northern Eurasia, and all others are found in the temperate and tropical forests of India and other parts of Asia. Flying squirrels are known for soaring anywhere from 150 to 500 feet, sailing from tree to tree to avoid ground…

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  • Bald eagle

    The Bald eagle is a bird of prey found in North America. Despite its name, the Bald eagle has a full head of feathers but their bright white colour makes the Bald eagle very distinguishable. The Bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud…

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  • Fruit Bat

    Fruit bats, sometimes called flying foxes, are mammals that live in many warm parts of the world. They range from small bats, just 2 inches in length, to very large bats with a wingspan of 5 feet. While other bats are nocturnal, fruit bats can be seen during the day…

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  • Vampire Bat

    Vampire Bats are bats whose food source is blood, a dietary trait called hematophagy. Three extant bat species feed solely on blood: The common Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus), the hairy-legged vampire bat (Diphylla ecaudata), and the White-Winged Vampire Bat (Diaemus youngi). All three species are native to the Americas, ranging…

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  • Falcon

    Falcons are birds of prey belonging to the genus Falco, which includes about 40 species. Falcons are widely distributed on all continents except Antarctica. Adult Falcons have thin, tapered wings, which enable them to fly at high speed and change direction rapidly. Fledgling Falcons, in their first year of flying,…

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