Egret (Ardea alba)
The second largest member of the
heron family (behind the great blue heron), the
great egret stands just over 3 feet tall, has a
wingspan of almost 5 five, and weighs just under
Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
The largest heron in North
America, the great blue stands 3-4 feet tall and
has a wingspan of almost 6 feet. It lives in a
variety of habitats. Fish make up a large
part of the diet, but salamanders,
lizards, snakes, shrimps, crabs, crayfish,
insects, birds, and small mammals are also taken.
Stork (Ciconia abdimii)
also known as the White-Bellied Stork, is the
smallest member of its family, "only"
being about 36 inches tall, with a wingspan of
about 16 inches. Its breeding territory extends
from Senegal to the Red Sea, and it winters from
Tanzania through most of southern Africa.
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
This bird stands up to 4 feet tall, has a
wingspan of almost 7 feet, and weighs up to 10
pounds. It breeds in several discontinuous
populations across much of Europe, the Middle
East, west-central Asia, and the northern coast
Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)
The smallest member of the bittern family is
about 14 inches long and has a wingspan of about
18 inches.It is also one of the most camouflaged
members of its family, with a coloration well
suited for life among the dense, weedy marshes
and sloughs it inhabits.
This stork stands up to 5 feet tall and has an
average wingspan of 8 feet. It ranges from
southern Mexico to northern Argentina. Though
fairly graceful in flight, it often takes two to
three jumps for the bird to gain enough momentum
to actually get in the air.
The pink coloration of this bird comes from its
food, tiny blue-green algae that turn pink during
digestion. Parent flamingos are able to recognize
their own chicks, even when they are among a
dense crowd of other chicks.
Ibises are medium size to large wading and
terrestrial birds. They have a longish neck and
legs, and all species have bare spots, usually on
the face or throat. Most species fly in flocks,
beating their wings in unison and going from
flapping to gliding at the same time.
Ibis (Nipponia nipon)
Once widely distributed through
China, Japan and Siberia, the crested ibis is now
one of the most endangered birds in the world.
The only known remaining population in the wild
is in Shaanxi Province in central China.