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Animal Fact Sheets

WHAT IS A BIRD?

There are more than 10,000 species of birds throughout the world, from the tiny Anna’s hummingbird at 4.07 g to 4.31 g (.143 oz to .152 oz.) to the African ostrich 90 to 130 kilograms (198 to 287 pounds). Birds are endothermic or warm blooded, two-legged, egg-laying vertebrates with feathers and wings – though many species of birds are unable to fly such as emus and penguins. Some birds hatch and are covered in down and able to eat on their own, such as chickens or geese. This is called precocial. Others, such as robins, are altricial, and are hatched without down, are blind, and must be fed by one or both of the parents.

Explore the fact sheets

To learn more about the bird species on exhibit here at the zoo, please choose from the Animal Fact Sheets dropdown menu to the left or select a fact sheet below.

Bali mynah

 

Peregrine falcon

Barn owl

 

Pheasant (Palawan)

Coscoroba swan

 

Red crowned crane

Crested screamer

 

Red-knobbed hornbill

Ferruginous hawk

 

Saw-whet owl

Flamingo (Chilean)

 

Screech owl

Great horned owl

 

Snowy owl

Harris's hawk

 

Spectacled owl

Hooded crane

 

Steller's sea eagle

Kestrel (American)

 

Turkey vulture

Kookaburra

 

Wrinkled hornbill

Penguin (Humboldt)