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Bird

Birds (Aves) are a group of endothermic vertebrates, characterised by feathers, toothless beaked jaws, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a strong yet lightweight skeleton. Birds live worldwide and range in size from the 5 cm bee hummingbird to the ostrich. They rank as the class of tetrapods with the most living species, at approximately ten thousand, with more than half of these being passerines, sometimes known as perching birds. Birds are the closest living relatives of crocodilians. Birds are descendants of extinct dinosaurs with feathers, making them the only surviving dinosaurs according to cladistics.

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Nene

Unfortunately, these Hawaiian geese are endangered; yet they are just so beautiful! I'm glad people are doing their best over there to protect these precious birds from further extinction ^_^

Contributed by Hannah Estrella

Seagull Trying to Save His Friend

Amazing shot featuring two seagulls and an eagle! A rhyme in a photo and something you don't see everyday!

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Scientists Teach Birds the Language of another Bird Species

When it comes to small birds who eavesdrop on other species, they easily pick up on words along the lines of "Danger!" Scientists at Australian National University designed an experiment with wild superb fairy-wrens to see if they could recognize previously unfamiliar alarm calls and most of them fled in response to the calls of fake predatory birds.

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Killary, the Falcon

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to go to the Falconry School in Ireland to fly falcons for the first time. Falcons are extremely intelligent birds and are hunting, predators by nature. This falcon is Killary.

Contributed by Brian Reynolds

Crow Hitches Ride on Eagle's Back

A lucky California-based bird photographer named Phoo Chan captured an amazing rare set of photos featuring a crow hitching a ride on an eagle's back. It landed and rode on the back of an eagle right in mid-flight! The eagle was searching for a snack in the skies of Seabeck, Washington when the crow spied an opportunity. This encounter was very brief, just a few seconds. Chan says, "I think the crow decided to land on the eagle because the eagle didn't respond to its harassment so it landed briefly and then left."

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Blue Bird Eating Berries

A cool shot of a bird eating berries- taken by Jake Paredes

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

So Colorful

What kind is this?!

Contributed by Adam Trujillo

Wow!!

Sharing !!

Contributed by Abdul Mannan

Mother's love

Mother's love

Contributed by Abdul Mannan

Take Off

The bird started flying as I took the picture.

Contributed by Samantha Zilaitis

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