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The Great Blue Tauraco (Corythaeola cristata) is a species of Turaco found in Africa. This bird is actively hunted for meat and its feathers in the Bandundu province of the D.R.C. (formerly Zaire). The tail feathers are prized for making good luck tali...

The Gray Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides concolor) also known as the Gray Lourie, Gray Loerie, or Kwêvoël, is a species of bird found in southern Africa. Its habitat is dry open savanna woodlands, farms, parks, and suburban gardens. It is often foun...

The Green Tauraco (Tauraco persa) is a species of bird that is a resident breeder in the forests of Tropical West Africa. It is dependant on its habitat of plentiful tall trees. The Green Tauraco is clearly identifiable, but very hard to spot as it...

The Smew (Mergellus albellus) is a species of duck that is intermediately placed between mergansers and goldeneyes. It is the only member in its genus Mergellus, which is sometimes grouped with the Mergus genus of mergansers. However, it is most likely...

The Black or American Scoter (Melanitta americana) is a species of sea duck found in the far north of North America in Labrador and Newfoundland to the southeast Hudson bay, in Alaska. It is also found on the Siberian side of the Bering Straits east of...

The Asian Blue Quail (Coturnix chinensis), also known as the Chinese Painted Quail, King Quail or Blue-breasted Quail, is a species of bird in the same family as pheasants (Phasianidae) in the order Galliformes. In the wild it is found from southeaster...

The Great Bustard (Otis tarda) is a species of bird of the bustard family. It is found in southern and central Europe, where it is the largest species of bird. It is also found across much of temperate Asia. Populations in Europe are mainly resident, b...

The Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) is a species of bird found in Australia throughout the mainland, and in Tasmania and southern New Guinea. This bird is part of a family of birds belonging to the Podargidae family which has been around for over...

The Pel's Fishing-owl (Scotopelia peli) is a large species of owl in the Strigidae family. It is found throughout Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory ...

The Guira Cuckoo (Guira guira) is a social species of bird belonging to the cuckoo family. It is found in open and semi-open habitats of eastern and southern Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, and northeastern Argentina. The adult Guira Cuckoo is ...

The Groove-billed Ani (Crotophaga sulcirostris) is a strange-looking species of tropical bird belonging to the cuckoo family. It is a resident species through much of its range, which extends from southern Texas and central Mexico through Central Ameri...

The Giant Coua (Coua gigas) is a species of bird from the cuckoo family that is found in western and southeastern Madagascar. Its habitat is dry forest lowlands up to 2300 feet in elevation. Though it is established as Least Concern by the IUCN, this s...

The Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana) is a species of bird ranging from northwestern Mexico to northern Argentina and Uruguay, and on Trinidad. The habitat is woodland canopy and edges, second growth, hedges and semi-open areas from sea level to as high a...

The Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea) or Common Koel, is a species of bird found in South Asia, China, and southeast Asia into Australia. It has several subspecies (most considered full species) that converge over a wide range. It is a member of the cu...

The Hoopoe (Upupa epops) is a species of bird found across Afro-Eurasia. It is part of a group of birds that also contain kingfishers, bee-eaters, rollers, and wood-hoopoes. It is the only non-extinct member of its family. The Hoopoe is widespread in E...

The Southern Carmine Bee-eater (Merops nubicoides), formerly known as Carmine Bee-eater, is a species of bird found across sub-equatorial Africa, extending from Zululand and Namibia to Gabon, eastern Zaire and Kenya. Its preferred habitat includes low-...

The European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) is a species of bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is found in southern Europe and in parts of north Africa and western Asia. It is highly migratory and winters in tropical Africa, India and Sri Lanka. I...

The Swallow-tailed Bee-eater (Merops hirundineus) is a species of bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is found in savannah woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa. It prefers more wooded country than most bee-eaters. It is somewhat migratory depending o...

The Red-bearded Bee-eater (Nyctyornis amictus) is a species of bird found in the Indo-Malayan subregion of South-east Asia. Its natural habitat is open patches of dense forest. It nests in burrows tunneled into the side of sandy banks. It does not form...

The Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa) is a species of bird of the Motmot family, Motmotidae. It is found in Central America from south to east Mexico (Yucatan Peninsula), and in Costa Rica. Its lives in open areas of scrubland and forest ...