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Birds

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What species captures the human imagination with their ability to fly; their often spectacular coloration; and their fascinating personalities?

Did You Know?

  • Of the roughly 18-20 living species of penguins, at least 10 are either threatened or endangered. 
  • According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 18 species of Albatross are listed as vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered.
  • There are more than 10,000 known species of birds. South America accounts for almost one third of these, followed by Asia, Africa, and North America.
  • They have hollow bones, and have evolved from theropod dinosaurs.
  • After whales, birds are the most sought after animal by wildlife watchers.
  • Central America, and specifically Panama, have become very popular destinations for birding.
  • The American Birding Association is the largest recreation birding association in the world.

Famous Quotes about Birds:

  • Another thing I like to do is sit back and take in nature. To look at the birds, listen to their singing, go hiking, camping and jogging and running, walking along the beach, playing games and sometimes being alone with the great outdoors. It’s very special to me. – Larry Wilcox
  • Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird? – David Attenborough
  • Perhaps nothing has inspired humankind as having watching a bird soar in flight – Aaron W. Smith
  • No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky. – Bob Dylan
  • I realized that If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes. – Charles Lindbergh
  • They have wings; they’re free; they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy. – Roger Tory Peterson

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