Friday, November 16, 2012

Bird of Paradise (Paradisaeidae)


Bird of Paradise

 
Paradisaeidae


Photo: Ribbon-tailed bird of paradise on a branch
Divas of the avian world, elaborately feathered birds of paradise, like this ribbon-tailed species, practice elaborate courtship rituals.
Photograph by Robert Sisson

Friday, November 9, 2012

Ring-Necked Pheasant


Ring-Necked Pheasant

 
Phasianus colchicus

Photo: A ring-necked pheasant warily crosses a gravel road
More commonly found on the ground, ring-necked pheasants can take rapidly to the air when startled.
Photograph by George F. Mobley

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Greater Rhea: Largest bird in South America


Greater Rhea

 
Rhea americana


Photo: Greater rhea
As the largest bird in South America, the flightless greater rhea stands at about 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall.
Photograph by Nicole Duplaix

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