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Many birds, including robins and Canadian geese, migrate to warmer climates for the winter. But lots of birds remain behind. Staying put has its advantages. The birds don’t have to fight for their territory in the spring. Nor do they have to risk the dangers of migration. Still, surviving the...

Birds

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Magellanic Penguin

Magellanic Penguin is a South American species that can be found inhabiting the rocky islands off the coast of parts of South America. This species was named after the explorer Ferdinand Magellan. He was the first person to see them during a voyage in 1519. Unlike other species, these

Magellanic Penguin

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Kakapos – The Rare New Zealand Parrots

Kakapos – The Rare New Zealand Parrots
You’ve probably never heard of kakapos, and it’s no wonder. These large, flightless parrots live in only one place – two islands off the coast of

Kakapos – The Rare New Zealand Parrots

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Ostriches – The Largest Birds

Ostriches – The Largest Birds
When you think of birds, you probably think of the small, charming birds chirping in your backyard. The ostrich, though, is bigger than your dad! Ostriches are the largest birds....

Ostriches – The Largest Birds

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Ptarmigans – The Color Changing Arctic Birds

Ptarmigans – The Color Changing Arctic Birds
Ptarmigans have several tricks for surviving their cold arctic climate. They have feathers on their legs and feet to keep their feet warm – sort of like bird leg warmers or...

Ptarmigans – The Color Changing Arctic Birds

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Quail – The Small, Plump and Cute Bird

Quail – The Small, Plump and Cute Bird
Spend the night in the Arizona desert and one of the first sounds you’ll hear in the morning is the distinctive call of the quail. This ground bird is found in many...

Quail – The Small, Plump and Cute Bird

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Chickens

Chickens
People have been raising chickens for more than 7,000 years. Chickens were first domesticated in Indian and China. You might think of chickens as farm animals, but even people in cities can raise...

Chickens

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Game Birds

Game Birds
Game birds could also be called ground birds, because these birds spend most of their lives on the ground. They can fly, but prefer to walk instead. Game birds are usually either hunted or kept and raised for their meat and eggs.

Game Birds

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Cockatoos – The Noisy and Loudest Parrots

Cockatoos – The Noisy and Loudest Parrots
Talk about a noisy bird. Cockatoos are the loudest of all parrots. They screech and even scream to communicate with each other. In the wild, cockatoos live in the

Cockatoos – The Noisy and Loudest Parrots

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Parrots – Over 350 Types

Parrots – Over 350 Types
You probably recognize large talking parrots found in some pet stores as parrots, but did you know parakeets, cockatiels and cockatoos are also types of parrots?...

Parrots – Over 350 Types

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Tropical and Exotic Birds

Tropical and Exotic Birds
You won’t find tropical birds in your backyard. Wild tropical birds are only found in very warm climates, but they are often raised as pets. Toucans,

Tropical and Exotic Birds

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Owls – The Symbol of Learning

Owls – The Symbol of Learning
Did you know owls are sometimes a symbol of learning? Libraries and bookstores sometimes use pictures of owls to represent reading or wisdom. Maybe this is because owls can see in the dark, detecting things that others can’t see. They are silent, quick and keep to themselves. They sometimes...

Owls – The Symbol of Learning

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Hawks – The Fierce Hunter Birds

Hawks – The Fierce Hunter Birds
Of all the birds of prey, hawks are the most common. You might have heard their screeching, echoing call or seen them soaring high in the air. The red-tailed hawk is common in

Hawks – The Fierce Hunter Birds

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Buzzards – The Fancy Fliers

Buzzards – The Fancy Fliers
Watch the skies in the spring and you just might see some fancy fliers doing aerial acrobats. Buzzards, not airplanes, are the fancy fliers. When they’re attracting a mate, they take to the skies. They impress other

Buzzards – The Fancy Fliers

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Vultures – Nature’s Garbage Men

Vultures – Nature’s Garbage Men
Vultures are nature’s garbage men. They might not have the cleanest job, but without them, earth would get pretty stinky. Vultures eat

Vultures – Nature’s Garbage Men

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Secretary Birds and Their Types

Secretary Birds and Their Types
What bird wears a long gray coat and black knee pants? The secretary bird. Well, not really, but the birds’ long gray tail feathers look like a coat and the black leg feathers...

Secretary Birds and Their Types

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Eagles – The Symbol of Pride in USA

Eagles – The Symbol of Pride in USA
When you think of eagles, you probably think of the bald eagle, a symbol of pride in America. Over 60 species of eagles live on the earth and only two of them live in...

Eagles – The Symbol of Pride in USA

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