'/> Amazing Animals: March 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

10 Captivating Orange-colored Birds

Below is a list of orange-colored birds, where the color orange is the more prominent colour of its plumage. It is interesting to note that most of the orange coloured birds seen are male species of that bird type, whereas the females of the same species may be of any other colour.

Flame-colored Tanager

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The Flame-colored Tanager (Piranga Bidentata), also known as the Stripe-backed Tanager, is a medium-sized American songbird. This captivating orange-colored bird is widespread in the mountains of Mexico and across Central America to Northern Panama. Its preferred habitats include humid evergreen forests, oak, and pine-oak forests in the mountains.

Males primarily have flame red-orange body, with dusky stripes on the back, and black wings with prominent white wing bars and black-streaked back. Females are olive-green above with dusky streaks, olive-yellow below, and have black wings.

Bullock's Oriole

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The Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) is a small bird, widespread and common in the American West. It is found in open woodlands and tall trees along rivers and streams. In general, adults measure 22 cm (8.7 in) and weigh from 29 to 43 g (1.0 to 1.5 oz). Adults have a pointed blue-gray bill and dark wings; long, square, and jet black tail. Males are slightly bigger and more brightly colored than females. Feeds on insects, caterpillars, fruits and berries.

Adult males have mostly deep orange plumage. Black throat, caps, back, and wings with white wing-patches. a black throat patch and a white wing bar. Rump and underparts orange-yellow to yellow. Black tail has orange outer feathers.

Adult females, by contrast, have an olive brown crown, back, head and tail. Yellowish or dull greenish gray underparts, becoming paler on the belly. They lack the large white wing-patches, but do have two white wing-bars on each side.

Brown-winged Kingfisher

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The Brown-winged Kingfisher (Pelargopsis amauroptera) is a Tree Kingfisher found in Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand. This beautiful kingfisher range include subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, mudflats, estuaries and brackish creeks. The Brown-winged Kingfisher is classified as Near Threatened (NT) due to habitat loss.

In general, adults measure 35 cm (14 in) and weigh 162 g (5.7 oz). A large coastal kingfisher with an orange-buff on the head and underparts and huge red bill. Brilliant blue rump, dark brown back, wings and tail.

White-crowned Robin-chat

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The White-crowned Robin-chat (Cossypha albicapilla), also known as White-crowned Robin, is widespread and common in West African countries including Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo. The species is found in woodlands, gallery forests, moist shrublands, and dry savannahs.

This captivating orange-colored bird is the largest of the 14 species of robin-chat. Adults measure 3–27 cm (1.8-10.7 in) and weigh 53–65 g (1.8-2.3 oz). It has a black head with a conspicuous white crown and nape. Blackish upperparts; orange rump and tail. Black back, cheeks, and wings.


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The ʻAkepa (Loxops coccineus) is a highly endangered Hawaiian forest Honeycreeper. The species live high up in the Hawaiian forest and rainforest, from 1,500 to 2,200 meters above sea level. They prefer nesting in small tree cavities. The akepa feed mainly on spiders and insects it finds within the trees it lives in.

It is a small, finch-like bird that measures around 10 cm (3.9 in) in length with 59 to 69 mm (2.32 to 2.72 in) wingspan. Mature weighs around 10 to 12 g (0.35 to 0.42 oz). In general, the species have rounded heads, black eyes, wings & tail.

Adult male sports brilliant red-orange plumage with brown wings and tail. Its straw-yellow bill makes it stand out in its green habitat.

Adult female carries dull greyish-green plumage with a yellow orange tinge on its breast.

Rufous-bellied Niltava

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The Rufous-bellied Niltava (Niltava Sundara) is a large, stocky flycatcher common in the Himalayas in the west to southern China in the east. The species prefers evergreen and mixed conifer and deciduous forests. Its diet includes insects and ripe fruits.

This brightly-colored bird measures 15–18 cm (6-7.8 in)long and weighs around 19–24 g (0.6-0.85 oz).

In general, Rufous-bellied Niltava has rounded head, orange underparts, fairly short tail and broad-based bill.

Streak-backed Oriole

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The Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus), also known as Flame-headed Oriole, is a medium-sized passerine bird native to Central America and Mexico. Its natural habitat includes grasslands, woodlands, savannahs, and shrublands. Eats mostly insects.

Adults measure 220 cm (87 in) in length with a wingspan of 110-118 mm (3.23-4.65 in). Weigh 85 g (3 oz).

Males with mostly bright orange body, deep orange-red head and black face, chin and wings. Also, black wings with two bold white bars. Males are much brighter in color than females.

Orange Fruit Dove

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The Orange Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus Victor), also known as Flame Dove, is a small, short-tailed fruit-dove widespread in New Guinea, Fiji islands, and western Papuan Islands. The species inhabits mangroves, lowland rainforest, and secondary forest. It feeds on small fruits, berries, caterpillars and insects.

In general, the Orange Fruit Dove measures 20–22 cm (7.8-8.6 in) and weighs about 105–112 g (3.7-3.9 oz).

This striking bird carries mainly green plumage with a large orange patch on the belly and breast; and vent yellow or white, marked with green undertail-coverts. The legs and bill are bluish-green in color.

The male sports a golden olive head and elongated bright orange "hairlike" body feathers.

The female is mainly dark green with blackish tail and orange-yellow undertail coverts.

Flame Bowerbird

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The Flame Bowerbird (Sericulus aureus) is a medium-sized Bowerbird endemic to New Guinea. It is found in lowland and foothill rainforests and flat savannahs. Because of the male's captivating orange-colored plumage, the species was previously thought to be a bird of paradise.

There are two distinct subspecies of Flame Bowerbird, Sericulus aureus ardens from southwestern New Guinea characterized by male's orange face; and Sericulus aureus aureus from northwestern New Guinea with male having black face.

Adult Flame Bowerbird measures 25 cm (9.8 in) long and weighs about 120-140 g (4.3-5 oz).

The male sports fiery orange and golden yellow plumage. It has yellow-tipped black tail. The female has olive brown upperparts and golden yellow underparts.

Madagascan Pygmy Kingfisher

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The Madagascan Pygmy Kingfisher (Corythornis madagascariensis) is a River Kingfisher that is endemic to Madagascar. The species prefers dry deciduous forests, savanna woodland, and edge of wet evergreen forests.

This tiny beauty is characterized by its its bright Rufous upperparts, lilac underparts up to its uppertail-coverts and distinctive bill shape.

Adult measures 13 cm (5.1 in) in length and weighs from 17–21 g (0.6-0.75 oz).


Sunday, March 15, 2015

10 Must-see Birds of the Philippines

With 7,107 islands and 600+ bird species to choose from, the Philippines is one of the best birding destinations in the world! It is home to some of the world’s most exotic birds. Several species of hornbills, colorful fruit doves, rare parrots, fascinating woodpeckers, remarkable eagles and many other unique birds await you. Come and bird watch in the Philippines to explore and learn more about these 10 Must See Birds of the Philippines.

Philippine Eagle

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The Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi), considered the world’s largest eagle, is understandably one of the most desirable birds for visitors to the Philippines. Locally called ‘haribon’, it is found in tropical rain forests on four major islands: eastern Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao.

The male and female Philippine Eagle are similar in appearance. It has brown and white-colored plumage; creamy-brown crown and nape adorned with long, brown feathers that form a shaggy crest. It has a dark face, blue-gray eyes, and a bluish curved bill. Dark brown tail and yellow legs with large, powerful, claws.

Adult males generally measure 86 to 102 cm (2.82 to 3.35 ft) long with a wing span of 2 meters and weighs 4.7 to 8 kilograms (10 to 18 lbs). It feeds mainly on monkeys and flying lemurs.

In 2010, the IUCN and BirdLife International listed this species as critically endangered because of habitat loss, rampant hunting and pollution. Estimated population - as few as 90 pairs surviving.

The Luzon Bleeding-heart

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The Luzon Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba luzonica) known for the splash of vivid red color at the heart of their white breasts, is a ground dove endemic to the central and southern parts of Luzon, and Polillo Islands, in the Philippines. This species is found in lowland forest below 1,400 meters.

Generally slate grey in color - it has a round body, black bill, a short tail and long red legs. It measures about 25 cm long and weighs about 150-200 g. It feeds primarily on seeds, fallen berries, grubs, insects, and worms.

The Luzon Bleeding-heart is classified as Near Threatened due to habitat loss and rampant hunting.

Apo Myna

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The Apo Myna (Basilornis mirandus) is one of the most bizarre looking birds in the Philippines! This species is found high elevation forests of Daggayan, Mt Kitanglad and Mt Apo in Mindanao. Its iridescent black plumage, the flashy white rump, the large bright, yellow bare skin around the eye and the filamentous crest makes it one of the most-sought after species birders seek in the Mindanao.

Adults measure 30 cm long and weighs 110 g. The bird feeds mostly on fruits and insects.

This species is currently considered Near Threatened due to habitat destruction.

Spotted Wood Kingfisher

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The Spotted Wood Kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) is one of the most colorful endemic kingfishers in the Philippines. The species is found in Luzon, Panay, Negros, Marinduque and Catanduanes. It inhabits subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. The best place to look for this kingfisher will be Mt. Makiling in Luzon and Mt. Kanlaon or Twin Lakes in Negros Island.

The Spotted Wood Kingfisher is strictly a forest kingfisher and feeds on insects, other invertebrates as well as small vertebrates.

It measures around 254 mm long. The Spotted Wood Kingfisher is classified as Least Concern.

Philippine Cockatoo

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The Red-vented Cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia), is the only known cockatoo species endemic to the Philippines. Its natural habitat includes mangrove forests, lowlands, and forest edges. The main stronghold for the species is on Palawan where sterling conservation work by the Katala Foundation has established a stronghold for the species on Rasa Island.

The Katala as it is locally called, is easily recognized by its all creamy-white plumage, a helmet crest, pale yellow underwings and by the red-orange feathers around the vent. Male has black-brown iris, female has brownish-red iris.

It measures 31 cm (12.2 in) long with an 20.5 cm (8 in) wingspan and weighs 300 g (0.6 lb). It feeds on the seeds and fruits of wild trees.

The Red-vented Cockatoo is classified Critically Endangered due to habitat loss and rampant pouching

The Yellow-breasted Fruit Dove

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The Yellow-breasted Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus occipitalis) is one of five fruit dove species endemic to the Philippines. Locally called Punay, this colorful fruit dove is widespread over the country except the Palawan region. This species inhabit subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, usually taking advantage of fruiting trees.

Generally, Yellow-breasted Fruit-dove has face, forehead, crown and sides of breast light bluish grey, tinged with yellow. Adult reaches 28-33 cm in length and weighs about 204-278 g. This species has a very large range; and hence is Not globally threatened.

This species has a very large range; and hence is Not globally threatened.

Palawan Peacock Pheasant

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Philippine endemics don’t come much more colorful and spectacular than the Palawan Peacock Pheasant! The Palawan Peacock-Pheasant (Polyplectron napoleonis), is a medium-sized bird found only in the pristine forests of Palawan,in southern Philippines. It inhabits primary and secondary forest. Fortunately, this lovely bird has become accustomed to visitors hence, provided wonderful views to visitors.

The species is known for the male’s distinctive high pointed crest, and vibrant plumage, which is glossy black with a dazzling metallic green-blue luster on the crest, crown, neck, mantle and wings. The tail feathers are marked with two sets of large and striking green-blue ocelli (peacock eyes). The bills are black and the feet are brown in both sexes.

Adult male measures about 50 cm (19.7 in) long and weighs 430 g (9 lbs). Females are smaller, and typically brown in color with a pale face. Its diet includes seeds, nuts, small fruits, insects and other invertebrates. The Palawan Peacock-pheasant is classified as vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species due to habitat loss, hunting and capture for trade, and small population size.

Scale-feathered Malkoha

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The Philippines is home to two very funky endemic malkoha; the Red-crested Malkoha is amazing in its own right, but the completely bizarre Scale-feathered Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus cumingi) really takes one's breath away. It is endemic to Luzon, Marinduque and Catanduanes in N Philippines. The species prefers lowland forests all the way up to the mountains. The easiest place to find it is probably at Mount Makiling, Laguna.

The adult has gray head with unique scales. Dark brown upperparts back and white-tipped graduated tail. Full grown male measures 42 cm (of which tail constitutes c. 22–24 cm) and weighs 148–204 g. F is smaller and duller in color.

The species feed on caterpillars, centipedes, scorpions, snails, worms, small snakes and lizards.

Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the Scale-feathered Malkoha is evaluated as Least Concern.

Steere’s Pitta

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The Steere's Pitta (Pitta steerii) is among the most desirable birds for bird watchers because of its flashy colors. One of four species of resident pitta, it is found in lowland forests of Samar, Leyte, Bohol and Mindanao.

Adult 'Bislig', as it is locally known, has dark green upperparts with green-blue uppertail-coverts. It has black head, tail, and wings. The species measure 20 cm (7.5 in) and weighs around 86–100 g (3-3.5 oz). Females are slightly smaller.

It feeds on insects and worms.

The Steere's Pitta or Azure-breasted Pitta is currently listed as vulnerable and is threatened by the loss of its habitat.

Rufous Hornbill

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With ten endemic species, The Philippines is a large hornbill' arena for bird watchers! The biggest and most gorgeous is the Rufous Hornbill Rufous Hornbill (Buceros hydrocorax) also known as Philippine Hornbill. Although it occurs in 11 islands: Biliran, Bohol, Buad, Calico-an, Dinagat, Leyte, Luzon, Marinduque, Mindanao, Samar, and Siargao; it is mostly easily seen in the remaining lowland forests in Mindanao. This species inhabit primary evergreen forests up to 2,100 m.

It has three subspecies namely: Luzon Rufous Hornbill (Buceros hydrocorax hydrocorax), Visayan Rufous Hornbill (Buceros hydrocorax semigaleatus) and Mindanao Rufous Hornbill (Buceros hydrocorax mindanensis).

All sub-species have generally black and brown plumage with white tail. However, the Luzon Rufous hornbill is characterized by its red bill while the Visayan and Mindanao Rufous Hornbill have red bills that are pale yellow on the distal half.

Adults can reach up to 76 cm (30 in) long. It feeds on berries, fruits, insects as well as decaying flesh.

Locally called 'Kalaw', it is sometimes called "the clock of the mountains" because of its periodic noontime call.

The Rufous Hornbill is classified as ‘Critically Endangered’ in the IUCN Red List.

Friday, March 13, 2015

10 Dazzling Pink-colored Birds

Oh my! These birds are simply dazzling in their pink-colored plumage. Check them out and learn more facts about these beauties.

American Flamingo

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The American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) is a tall, unique wading bird found in Central and South America and the Caribbean. The species prefers mud flats, shallow salty lagoons and lakes.

The American Flamingo is a large, entirely pink bird except for the black-tipped hooked bill. It has a very long neck, long pink legs and webbed pink feet with three toes. The eyes are orange. It has a wingspan of 150 cm (59 in).

Adults may measure up to 1.2 m tall (4 feet). Both sexes look alike, although the male is a little larger.

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

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The Brown-capped Rosy Finch (Leucosticte australis) is a medium-sized finch found primarily in the high mountains of Colorado. The species is found in mountain meadows, shrublands, along roadsides, and in towns. Adults average 14-17 cm (5.7-6.5 in) in length.

Adults are cinnamon-brown on the head, face, neck, and back. Black forehead; and brown breast with pink or red on the belly, rump, and wings. The forehead is black. They have short black legs and a long forked tail. Females are somewhat duller than males.

Pink Robin

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The Pink Robin (Petroica rodinogaster) is a small tubby bird native to southeastern Australia. The species are a resident of rainforest. Adults measure 13.5 cm (5.3 in) in length.

Males are brownish-black above, with a black throat and head. It has a distinctive white crown, dark brown eyes, pink breast and small thin black bill with small white spot above it. The belly is white and grey-black upperparts, wings and tail. Females have grey-brown plumage, pale brown buff underparts with a pinkish tint.

White-winged Crossbill

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The White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera) is a medium-sized passerine bird found in North America, in NE Europe and N Asia. The species, which got its name from the two bold white wing-bars, measure around 15-17 cm in length with a wingspan of 26-27 cm and weigh about 24-26 g.

Male and female are quite different in plumage. Adult males have bright pink body plumage. Black wings and white wing-bars. Underparts are pinkish, slightly streaked whitish. Females have green to yellowish olive plumage with black wings and white wing-bars.

Roseate Spoonbill

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The Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) is a wading bird, found in North America and South America. It inhabits mangrove swamps, saltwater lagoons tidal ponds, and other sources of brackish water. The species distinctive characteristic is its long, pink/red spoon-shaped bill. On average, it measures 71–86 cm (28–34 in) long, with a 120–133 cm (47–52 in) wingspan and weighs around 1.2–1.8 kg (2.6–4.0 lb).

Adults have white neck, back, breast and deep pink wings. Head is bare and olive-green. Long pale gray bill. The eyes and legs are red. Both males and females have identical plumage and coloring. The male is slightly larger than the female.

Southern Carmine Bee-eater

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The Southern Carmine Bee-eater (Merops nubicoides) is the largest of the southern African bee-eaters. This richly colored, striking bird is commonly found in low-altitude river valleys, sparsely wooded and bushy savannas. The species measure around 25 cm excluding the 12 cm tail streamers.

It is mainly pinkish-red plumage; the upper parts being slightly darker than the lower. The trunk, wings, and tail are crimson. The forehead and crown are turquoise. The lower back and rump are light blue. Dark red eyes are dark wide black eye-line. The mask and bill are black.

Rose-Breasted Cockatoo

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The Rose-Breasted Cockatoo (Eolophus roseicapilla), also known as the galah cockatoo, is endemic to mainland Australia. The species is found mostly in open habitats that have scattered trees for shelter. Adults are about 35 cm (14 in) long from the beak to the tip of the tail feathers and weigh 270–350 g.

This striking bird has generally bright pink plumage. It has pink face and chest; and pinkish-white crests. It has a pale gray back, rump. and legs. Male and female appear similar, however; the male has very dark brown (almost black) irises, and the female has mid-brown or red irises.

Himalayan White Browed Rosefinch

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The Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch (Carpodacus thura) is a true finch species. The species is found in Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. Its natural habitats are temperate forests and temperate shrubland. It is a medium-sized bird which measures 17–18 cm and weighs around 24–36 g.

This slender rosefinch has generally deep pink plumage. A conical bill and long and slightly notched tail.

Pink-headed Fruit Dove

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The Pink-headed Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus porphyreus), also known as pink-necked fruit dove or Temminck's fruit pigeon, is a small colorful dove. The species is a resident breeding endemic bird in Indonesia, where it occurs in the mountain forests. It measures 29 cm. long.

The male has stunning pink head, neck, throat and upper breast. On the chest, the pink plumage is bordered by white and black bands. The airports are warm green and the underparts gray. It has a greenish bill and pink legs. The female is duller than the male, with a weaker breast band.

Pine Grosbeak

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The Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) is one of the largest species in the true finch family. It is found in boreal forests across northern Eurasia and North America. The species is the largest of the "winter finches," measuring 20-25 cm (8 - 10 in) long , and weighing 52 to 78 g (1.8 to 2.8 oz). They are plump, heavy-chested birds with a relatively long, moderately notched tail.

Adult males have a rose-red head, breast, back and rump. The underparts are grayish. Black wings with white bars.

Adult females are slightly smaller and duller in color than the male. Generally with gray plumage with olive-yellow on the head and rump. Gray back and underparts. Dark brown wings and tail.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

10 Striking Green-colored Birds

These green-colored birds may not be as colorful and beautiful than green-colored parrots, lorries and parakeets. Still, these green beauties have caught the attention of many bird lovers around the globe. Check them out!

Green Kingfisher

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The Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) is a small kingfisher that can be found from south Texas and southeastern Arizona in the United States through Central and South America. The species are found near water like rivers, flooded forests, and wooded streams. A typical kingfisher with a short tail and long bill, this green beauty measures around 19 cm (7.5 in) long and weighs 27 g (0.95 oz).

As the name suggests, these birds have a dark green head, back, and wings with white markings on the wings and tail. White chin, collar, throat, and belly laced with black patches. Black bill is long and straight. Legs and feet are gray.

Hawaii Amakihi

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The Hawaiʻi ʻamakihi is a small Honeycreeper measuring about 10 centimeters (3.9 in) in length. It is the most common of the native green birds in Hawaii. It is found on the Big Island, Maui, and Molokaʻi in Hawaii.

A small bird with a powerful voice, it has bright yellow-green plumage with short down-curved black bills. The eyes are brown with black pupils. The wings and tail are olive-gray and the legs and feet are gray. Females have a smaller bill than males.

Green (Guinea) Turaco

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The Green (Guinea) Turaco (Tauraco persa) is a medium-sized passerine bird native to tropical West Africa. This species prefers forests and savannas with abundant tall trees. It measures around 47.5-50 cm (19-20 in) long from beak to tip of tail and weighs less than 0.45 kg (less than 1 lbs.)

A truly striking bird, the Green Turaco has largely brilliant green and blue plumage. The underparts are dull black. The tail and wings are dark purplish. It has a thick red bill and bold white and black patches around the eyes. Males and females look alike.

Violet-green Swallow

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The Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)is a small swallow that is found only in the American West. The species is found in open woodlands.

Adult males are dark velvet green on top and white underneath extending onto the cheek, to behind and above the eye. The head is usually more brownish than the back. It has an iridescent purple rump with white patches on the side. The wings are black and a slightly forked tail.

Turquoise-browed Motmot

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The Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa) is a medium-sized Motmot commonly distributed throughout Central America. Its preferred habitats include forest edge, gallery forest and scrubland. This species measures about 34 cm (13 in) long and weighs about 65 g (2.3 Oz). Males are slightly larger than females.

Besides the Motmot's typical black mask around the eyes, it has mostly green-blue plumage with a Rufous back and belly. The head and breast are olive green. It has black and turquoise streaks on its face and throat with short black bib.

Arctic Warbler

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The Arctic warbler (Phylloscopus borealis) is a common leaf warbler that has established a foothold in North America. It is found in birch or mixed birch forest near water throughout its breeding range across Eurasia and into western and central Alaska.

A typical leaf warbler in appearance, it is medium-sized with stout bill. The back is greyish-green, off-white throat and belly, and olive-brown sides. Dark eye-lines with pale yellow eyebrows. legs and feet are yellow in color.

Green Jay

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The Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas)is a medium-sized songbird found in both North and South America. This tropical jay measures 29 cm (11.4 in)in length and weighs around 66-100 grams (2.3–3.9 oz).

Adults have blue face, rich green back, yellow underparts, and distinct black bib. Head and nape are black with yellowish-white feathers on top. This green beauty has black bill, legs and feet. Tail is long, blue-green, and yellow-edged.

Northern Lapwing

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The Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)is a unique plover that is widespread in temperate Eurasia. In winter, it migrates mainly by day, often in large flocks. This large, elegant bird measures around 28–33 cm (11–13 in) long with a wingspan of between 67–87 cm (26–34 in) and weighs about 128–330 g (4.5–11.6 oz).

It is mainly black and white with green-tinged purple and copper back. The face, throat and breast are black. Belly and sides are white. Wings are dark with white tips; legs are pink. The male has a long crest and a black crown.Males and females appear similar but females have shorter crests.

Crested Quetzal

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The Crested Quetzal (Pharomachrus antisianus) is a medium-sized South American bird found in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. It prefers humid forests and mature second-growth forests. On average, this species measures between 33–34 cm.

Adult males have a bright, metallic emerald-green plumage, glossy green head with short forehead crest, black-green back and breast; orange-yellow bill, violet wings and white under-tail feathers. During mating breeding season, males grow an extremely long tail that ranges in color from green, blue and violet.

Females resemble the males, except their heads are a plain brown without the bushy crests; some green feathers on the chest and only their lower bellies are red.

Elegant Trogon

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The Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans) is a near passerine bird found in Mexico, Arizona, southwestern New Mexico and the lower Rio Grande of south Texas. Its preferred habitats include semi-arid open woodlands and forests. This species is 28–30 centimeters (11–12 in) long and weighs 65–67 grams (2.3–2.4 oz).

The adult male has an iridescent green head, upper breast and back, and red-orange lower breast and belly. It has black face and throat, and gray wings. The bill and eye ring are yellow to orange. A long, coppery green square tail tipped in black. The adult female is similar to male, but browner overall.

Green peafowl

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The Green Peafowl (Pavo muticus) is a large bird famous for the glorious train carried by the male. The green peafowl is less well known, but perhaps even more spectacular than its close relative the Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus). The male measures 1.8–3 m (5.9–9.8 ft) long including the "train" and weighs up to 5 kg (11 pounds). The female averages 3.6 feet (~1.1 meter) in length and weighs up to 1kg (2.4 pounds).

The male green peafowl is metallic green overall with shades of blue. It has long, green and tightly bundled head-crest. The wings are dark green and blue with pale brown flight feathers.

Females are not brown, as in the Indian peafowl, but are a less vivid shade of green, and lack the train.