The Monotypic Balaenicipitidae - Shoebills

The Shoebill is a tall, gray bird that appears more dinosaur-like than most members of the class Aves. It possesses a unique and impressive combination of size, color, and bill shape.

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Finches - Fringillidae

A deep dive into the ‘True’ Finches, the species in the family Fringillidae.

How Birds Get Through the Winter

Learn about the behaviors and physiological adaptations that birds use to combat cold weather.

Alcedinidae - The Kingfishers

All about Kingfishers, of the avian family Alcedinidae.

Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Looking at the family Anatidae. Learn about the fascinating world of ducks and their close relatives.

Mixed Species Bird Flocks

Some bird species form flocks with other species. Learn about the scientific explanations for why this happens.

The Peregrine Falcon

All about the fastest creature on the planet.

How Do We Define Bird ‘Species?’

What exactly is a species? The answer isn’t as simple as you might think.

Pelicans of the World

All about the family Pelecanidae, the pelicans. Learn how they feed, how they breed, and more...

The Parts of a Feather and How Feathers Work

Learn about the complex structure of feathers and the different ways they’re used by birds.

What Is Brood Parasitism in Birds?

Brood parasitism is a strange and fascinating breeding strategy seen in several hundred bird species.