Snowy Owl

Snowy owls have white plumage with occasional dark spots. These flying predators feed predominantly on lemmings and mice, but they also eat rabbits, birds, and fish. These diurnal birds are most active during the night but primarily hunt at night. They can locate prey visually or through their sharp sense of hearing. Females lay their…

European White Stork

Large birds, European white storks can reach up to 40 inches in height and have a wingspan measuring up to eight feet across. Their white body feathers are offset by black wing feathers. Long, thin legs enable them to wade easily through shallow water, where they hunt insects, frogs, rodents, lizards, snakes, and small birds.…

Cinereous Vulture

Cinereous vultures can stand up to three feet tall and have a wingspan measuring up to 10 feet across. They have dark brown feathers with a dull blue head, neck, and bill. As scavengers, cinereous vultures feed on carrion, ranging from large mammals to fish and reptiles. They build their nests in trees and on…

Bald Eagle

Bald eagles can stand three feet tall and have a wingspan measuring up to eight feet across. Their name references the white feathers covering the heads of mature birds. Immature bald eagles lack the familiar white head; their feathers are uniformly brown. Bald eagles prefer fish but will also prey on birds and small mammals,…

Red-billed Hornbill

Red-billed hornbills were named for their long, curved, red bill. They have a white head and chest, along with spotted wings and a long brown tail. These birds are some of the smaller hornbills, even though adults can reach up to 16 inches in length. Unlike many hornbills, they lack a casque on top of…

Blue-billed Teal

Blue-billed teals are small, inconspicuous, sexually dimorphic ducks. While both sexes have a blue beak and green streaks through their wings, only females have spotted flanks. Hottentot teals travel in either single pairs or fluid groups. They build large, raised nests with grasses, leaves, and reed stems. Males and females pair during breeding season but…

Hadada Ibis

Hadada ibises are large birds with brownish-gray plumage that display an iridescent green sheen in sunlight. These birds hunt by dragging their long, curved bill in murky streams and grabbing any insect or small lizard they touch. Males provide nesting material, such as sticks and twigs, to females, who build their nest at the top…

Crested Guineafowl

Crested guineafowls are chicken-sized birds with dark gray to black plumage and whitish spots. Their most recognizable and namesake feature is the mop-like crest of black feathers on top of their head. Adults average 20 inches in length from head to tail and feed on seeds, fruits, roots, and insects. They live in flocks of…

Blue-bellied Roller

Named for their colorful blue stomach, blue-bellied rollers have cream-colored heads and chests; darker blue wings; and a vibrant, slightly forked tail. They can reach 12 inches in length and average five ounces in weight. These striking birds feed primarily on large insects. Breeding typically occur from April to July, with females laying two to…

African Spoonbill

African spoonbills have striking white plumage, a featherless red face, and long red legs. Their elongated, thin beak ends in a flat, extended bulge resembling a spoon that helps with capturing fish, crustaceans, and insects. They build nests made from sticks and leaves in trees above water. During breeding season, females lay three to five…