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The terms Fowl and Poultry are often used interchangeably, but scientifically speaking Fowl birds are of the Superorder Galloanserae.
Gruiformes are birds with long legs, necks and beaks. Gruiformes have elaborate courtship rituals and form large flocks.
Perching birds, or songbirds, are the most common birds on Earth. From Cardindals to Wrens, explore the different types of perching birds. See the full list.
Woodpeckers are birds that feed by "pecking" or boring into wood in search of insects to eat. Woodpeckers are found around the world.
Biodiversity if an amazing and wonderful thing. But it also means that there are many types of birds that don't fit into a specific categories. Read about all types of strange but beautiful birds in this section. See full list.
How Can Owls Fly Silently?
It can be scary to have an owl fly in front of you without it making a sound. Find out if this phenomena's a supernatural power or something as simple as the hip bone's connected to the tail bone.
The cuckoo is a large and diverse family of birds found all over the world.
The emu is a large bird from Australia that does not fly.
A Hornbill is a large tropical bird from Africa and southeastern Asia.
Hummingbird, a small American bird that makes a humming noise with its rapidly moving wings.
When early Spanish explorers first encountered hummingbirds in the New World, they called them joyas voladoras--or "flying jewels." Learn more about hummingbirds and their amazing bodily feats.
The kiwi is a bird found in New Zealand that does not fly.
The Kookaburra is from Australia and New Guinea.
The Loon is a large waterbird from the Northern Hemisphere.
Lovebirds are small parrots noted for the affection they show for each other.
The Macaw is a type of brilliantly colored parrots found in Mexico and South America.
An Ostrich is a large bird from the grasslands of Africa that does not fly.
Ostrichs are a large, flightless bird that live in the dry grasslands of Africa. Ostriches are raised for their feathers and skins in South Africa, Egypt, and California. They form the single remaining species in an ancient, primitive order of birds.
The owl is a bird of prey found in most parts of the world except Antarctica.
The Parakeet is a popular cage bird from the parrot family.
The Redbird is a popular name for various birds that are usually red in color.
The Roadrunner is a bird in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico that is known for its speed.
The Pelican is a water bird with a pouch on the bottom part of its bill.
Macaws in Costa Rica (Video)
Because of deforestation and poaching in Costa Rica, macaws are an endangered species. Watch this Reuters video to see how one couple built a bird sanctuary and helped to reinvigorate the macaw population.
Natural Habitat for Birds (Video)
Explore a simulated habitat at the Smithsonian National Zoo.
Parrot Solves Puzzles (Video)
Watch this Reuters video showing a very smart parrot that can solve chain puzzles in less than 30 seconds. The female New World parrot uses her beak and foot to free entangled chains; no human has ever beat her in a race.
Birds of Prey
Birds of prey tend to have excellent eyesight and attack with their sharp talons. Read how eagles can fly over thunderclouds, owls can hunt in pitch black and much more.
Seabirds is a generic term literally for birds that live and feed near or in the sea. Seabirds commonly include terns, gulls, auks and even penguins.
Waterfowl, which include ducks, geese and swans, are fowl that live in and around water. Most are strong swimmers with medium to large bodies.
Wading birds generally are tall, sleek birds with long beaks which they use to hunt in shallow waters. The herons are an exception but are still generally included as a wading bird.