The Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguous) is a large bird in the parrot family. It is also known as the Buffon’s Macaw or the Great Military Macaw. It is related to the Scarlet Macaw, the Military Macaw, and the Blue-and-Yellow Macaw.
The Great Green Macaw has mainly green feathers and a reddish forehead, with a pale-blue lower back, rump and upper tail feathers. Its tail is brownish-red tipped with very pale blue. Its bare, featherless facial skin is patterned with lines of short spikes, which are reddish in older parrots and female parrots. It has bluish eyes with a white eye-ring. It has a large, strong grey beak.
The Scarlet Macaw, like other parrots, has its first and fourth toes pointing backwards.
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The Blue-Bellied Roller (Coracias cyanogaster) is a medium-sized bird.
The Blue-Bellied Roller is mainly blue, with a dark-green back, and white head, neck, and chest. It has blue wings. Its tail has streamers which trail behind it when it flies. It has a thick short black beak, dark eyes, and pale-yellow legs.
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The House Sparrow (Passer domesticus domesticus) is a small bird in the Passeridae family of sparrows.
The House Sparrow has black, white, and brown feathers, with grey underparts. The female has more grey feathers on her back than the male. The male has a dark-grey crown and a black patch on its throat. The female has no black markings or dark-grey crown. It has a short, thick greyish-black beak. Its tail is short.
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The Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) is a common bird across Eurasia (Europe and Asia). It is related to the crow; therefore, it is a corvid.
The Gallic Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica galliae) is a sub-species of the Eurasian Magpie in western Europe, from France to Italy, but particularly common in France. The photographed birds are from Paris, France.
The Gallic Eurasian Magpie has a black and metallic iridescent green head, neck, and chest. Its belly and shoulder feathers are white. Its wings are black with green and purple. Its tail, legs, and beak are black. Its tail is long. Its eyes are dark-brown.
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The Temminck’s Tragopan Pheasant (Tragopan temminckii) is a medium-sized bird.
The adult male and female form a monogamous pair for life. The female lays two eggs on the ground. The eggs hatch after 24-25 days. Both parents look after the chicks.
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The Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) is a small wading wetlands bird in the Scolopacidae family of shorebirds.
The Curlew Sandpiper is mottled brown with dark-grey upperparts, rust-red underparts, and a white rump. In winter, it has pale-grey upperparts and white underparts. It has a long down-curved black beak, a long neck, a small head, and grey legs.
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What is inside a bird egg?
An egg is made of several elements, such as a shell, two shell membranes (inner and outer membranes), a vitelline membrane, an air chamber, the chalazae, the egg white (called albumen), the yellow egg yolk, and a germinal disc.
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What is the difference between a Swallow and a Swift?
Both Swallows and Swifts have long pointed wings.
Both Swallows and Swifts have short legs.
Both Swallows and Swifts have wide beaks to catch insects.
Both Swallows and Swifts are highly aerial when flying.
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The African Black Swift (Apus barbatus) is a small passerine bird in the Apodidae family of swifts. It is highly aerial, spending most of its life in the air. It is not related to swallows; it is in the same Order as hummingbirds.
The African Black Swift is black-brown except for a small, white or pale-grey patch on its chin. It has a short, forked tail. It has long, swept-back wings, which can rotate at the base (like hummingbird wings). It has short legs.
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The Rock Martin (Ptyonoprogne fuligula fusciventris) is a small passerine bird in the swallow family.
The Rock Martin has brown feathers with pale-brown on the upper chest and underwings and white markings on the tail feathers.
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The Ural Owl (Strix uralensis) is a medium-sized bird.
The Ural Owl had pale, grey-brown feathers with dark markings on the back of its head and underparts. Its round face has a disc shape, with an orange-yellow beak, and black eyes with a red eye-ring. It has a long, wedge-shaped tail with dark bars. Its wings are rounded.
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The Pied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula bicolor) is a medium-sized bird in the dove and pigeon family.
The Pied Imperial Pigeon is white with a narrow, dark-tipped blue-grey beak. It has dark grey-black feathers on its wings and tail. It has grey legs and black eyes.
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The Common Raven (Corvus corax) is a large bird in the crow family. It is also called the Northern Raven. It is a corvid.
The Common Raven has iridescent black feathers, with a thick, black beak and black-brown eyes. It has a long, graduated tail. It has black shaggy feathers around its throat and above its beak.
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The Ruff (Calidris pugnax) is a medium-sized wading wetlands bird. It is a Sandpiper in the Scolopacidae family of shorebirds.
The Ruff is a long-necked bird with a small head and a rounded belly. It is grey-brown with white and grey mottled underparts. It has colourful black, chestnut or white head tufts. It has a medium-sized black beak. It has long yellow or orange legs.
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The Luzon Bleeding-Heart Dove (Gallicolumba luzonica) is a medium-sized bird in the dove and pigeon family of ground birds.
The Luzon Bleeding-Heart Dove is grey with iridescent purple, blue, or green feathers. It has a whitish-buff underbelly that has a reddish stripe that looks like blood on its chest. The male has a brighter red patch than the female. Its wings are grey with black bands. Its body is rounded, with a short tail and long pink legs.
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The Temminck’s Tragopan Pheasant (Tragopan temminckii) is a medium-sized bird.
The male Temminck’s Tragopan Pheasant is red and orange, with white-spotted feathers. It has a black beak and pink legs. Its facial skin is blue and bare with no feathers. It has inflatable dark-blue wattles (skin flaps) on its face. The female has brown and white-spotted feathers with blue circular eye skin.
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The Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) is a small bird.
The Mistle Thrush has pale grey-brown upper parts, a greyish-white chin and throat, and black spots on its yellow-beige underparts. It has a rounded head, long pointed wings, and a long tail with white tips. Its eyes are dark-brown and its beak is blackish. It has yellowish-brown legs and feet.
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The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) is a medium-sized freshwater bird in the perching duck family. It is related to the Wood Duck.
The male Mandarin Duck has a red beak, large white crescent above his eye, and a reddish face with ‘whiskers.’ His chest is purple with two vertical white bars, with ruddy sides, and two orange sails at the back. Sails are large feathers that stick up like boat sails. The male has orange legs.
The female has a white eye-ring and a stripe from the eye to her back. She has a paler underbelly, a small white side stripe, and a pale tip on her beak. The female has grey legs.
Both the male and female Mandarin Duck have crests, but the purple crest is larger on the male. When the male moults (sheds feathers), he looks similar to the female, except that he has a bright yellow-orange or red beak.
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The Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) is a medium-sized bird in the Columbidae family of pigeons. It is also known as the Barred Ground Dove. It is related to the Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida) and the Barred Dove (Geopelia maugeus).
The Zebra Dove is brownish-grey with black and white bars (broad stripes). Its underparts are pinkish with black bars on the sides of its neck, chest, and belly. Its face is blue-grey, with bare blue skin around its eyes. It has a long, narrow tail and a slender body. There are white tips on its tail feathers.
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What is a bird’s egg tooth? How is it used when it hatches from its egg?
When a chick is ready to hatch out of its egg it must break the egg shell.
The chick has a small, sharp, white, projection on the tip of its beak, called an egg tooth.
It is not really a tooth. It is a hard piece of the beak’s tip.
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