Month: February 2008

Flying Squirrel

The Northern flying squirrel is one of the only two species of flying squirrel to be found in North America. It’s range is from as far south as North Carolina across the northern part of the U.S. From Nova Scotia to Alaska, and to the west coast. They have very thick fur of a light

Vampire Bat

Myths and legends from all over the world portray bats as blood-sucking demons. Vampire bats really do exist, but only three species in Central and South America. The vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) have a wingspan of about eight inches and a body about the size of an adult’s thumb. If not for their diet, people

Azure-Winged Magpie

Azure-Winged Magpies live in a variety of temperate locations including Japan, China, Portugal, and Western Europe, keeping themselves to gardens, hedges, wooded areas and local parks. In these locations the magpie can enjoy their traditional seeds and fruit but also some other small creatures like tree frogs. They are currently not on the endangered species

Crowned Pigeon

This pigeon is among the largest of all Pigeons. Typically living in New Guinea lowland forests, they have received their name thanks to a crown of feathers propped on top of the bird’s head, which also makes for a lovely creature. Crowned Pigeon The Crowned Pigeon grows to what could be considered a young turkey’s

Cactus Wren

The cactus wren is the largest wren in the US, being about 9 inches long. Both sexes have a dull rust colored head and a back which is streaked with color. They have a very spotted breast and tan colored sides and belly. Their wings are black and white barred. They have a very long


The anhinga is a water living bird that lacks an oil gland for waterproofing its feathers such as most birds that live in water do. When it goes swimming the feathers are well doused with water. This is not all bad as it helps the bird dive well and chase under water prey with feathers


Loons are aquatic birds that are native to North America and Europe. A loon is just about the size of a small duck, and that is what it looks like when swimming. The loon’s feathers are black-and-white, with grey on the head and a white belly and a very pointed spear shaped bill. Loon Swimming

Double crested cormorant

The Double crested cormorant is a large dark colored water bird, which is frequently seen sitting in groups on drifting logs, downed trees or any other available perch from Virginia to Florida, and points south of that. It is about 30 inches long and has a massive wingspan of about 50 inches, or some 4


Kookaburras are extremely large kingfisher type birds which are native to Australia. The name kookaburra is the call that the bird actually makes hence its name. The call they give is very unmistakable and very loud. It echoes and some say it sounds very much like human laughter of the hysterical variety, and some people


The Sparrow is native to nearly every country in the world. It has followed humankind and has been introduced either on purpose, or accidentally, to most countries and areas world wide. In the US, it is called the English sparrow, which helps to keep it separate from the native variety. During the latter part of

Snowy Owl

A great many birds will move to the Arctic in the summer to breed there, but not many will live there year around. The Snowy Owl is one which will live in the tundra for the full year. They stay in the arctic for all year round unless the food becomes hard to find and


The Osprey is also known by other names. It is sometimes called a seahawk, a fish eagle or a fishhawk. This fish eating bird of prey is from medium to large, and is present on all the continents except for Antarctica, though in South America it is considered a migrant and does not breed there.


A mallard is what is known as a dabbling duck. They are remarkably lovely in coloration and can weigh about 3 to 5 pounds, while the female weighs a bit less although she is about the same size. The male is superb with a deep green head, black tail feathers and a yellow bill which


According to fossil records, the birds called hornbills have been on this earth for some 15 million years. They have very powerful bills and one species of hornbills called great pied hornbills have beaks as long as thirteen inches. They use these powerful beaks to catch insects and make their way through the dense branches

Great Horned Owl

The Great Horned owl is a huge specimen ranging in length from 18 to 30 inches, and has an average wingspan of between 40 to 60 inches, though the average wingspan is just around 30 inches. They weigh in at around3 to 4 pounds, and the females are usually larger than the males. Mature owls