Animals

Birds

African Ground Hornbill

Although they have a wingspan of up to 6 feet long, african ground hornbills are rarely seen in flight, but are nonetheless strong but low flyers. They feed mainly on the ground, walking long distances in their territories to find food. Continue reading

American Flamingo

The beak of the flamingo curves downward. The shape of the beak along with a comb-like organ on its tongue, the lamellae, allows the flamingo to filter food out of the water. Their long legs allow them to wade in water much deeper than other birds and their webbed feet offer good support when standing on mud or other soft ground. The practice of flamingos standing on one leg with the other leg curled and tucked under their body conserves the bird’s body heat and keeps the foot warm. Continue reading

Double-Wattled Cassowary

The cassowary is considered the most dangerous bird in the world! Its inner toes have daggerlike claws that can grow up to 4 inches long. It can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick. This nail is also used to help the Cassowary look for food under leaf litter. The Cassowary can run up to 31 miles per hour. Continue reading

Great Horned Owl

Great horned owls may be active during the day or night, but are mostly nocturnal. During the day they only cover about 1 square mile, so it is rare to spot them in daylight. Continue reading

Kori Bustard

Bustards have no crop, but their powerful gizzard, long “blind gut” (cecum) and their habit of taking up quantities of grit assist the digestion of the food they consume. Bustards have lost both the hind toe and the preen gland that most other birds possess. Continue reading

Ne-Ne

The Ne-Ne has been brought back from the brink of extinction through heroic captive propagation efforts, but it is not yet self-sustaining in the wild. By 1949 a population that was once estimated at 25,000 had been reduced to a mere 20-30 birds in the wild, with another 17 in captivity. Today there are approximately 800 birds in the wild Continue reading

Ostrich

Ostriches can tolerate a wide range of extreme temperatures. Their legs can only kick forward , with their acute hearing and eyesight, they can sense their predator from a very far distance. Ostriches are farmed around the world, particularly only for it’s feathers; which are very much so decorative and are commonly used for feather dusters. Continue reading