Scientific name: serinus canaria domestica
Canaries are small songbirds closely related to finches. They eat seeds and have a pretty song. Most canaries are yellow. Wild canaries are more mottled or yellow-green than pet canaries.
Scientific name: casuarius casuarius
Cassowaries are very large flightless birds that live in tropical forests of New Guinea and northeastern Australia. The only birds bigger than the cassowary are the ostrich and emu. Cassowaries mainly eat fruit, but will also eat new shoots, seeds and fungi, insects and small animals. Cassowaries usually travel around on their own except when it is time to find a mate and lay eggs. The booming noise the cassowary makes is the lowest known bird call, and is so low humans can only just hear it.
Scientific name: gallus gallus domesticus
A chicken is a kind of bird that is kept as a source of food. Chickens lay eggs which we can eat, and we can also eat chickens. A female chicken is called a hen, male chickens are called roosters. Hens lay eggs, roosters crow when the sun rises.
Most male birds are called cocks. Sometimes the word is in the common name of the bird, such as the peacock. Male birds tend to have much brighter coloured feathers than female birds, or hens.
Scientific name: vultur gryphus or gymnogyps californianus
Condors are a type of vulture found in the Andes and the Californian mountains. They are one of the largest birds in the world. They can live to 50 years old in the wild, and have a wingspan of up to 3 metres. They spend a lot of their time soaring through the air looking for large dead animals to eat.
Scientific name: family: phalacrocoracidae
Cormorants and shags are medium sized birds that live near the sea. They eat fish, including eels and sea snakes. They catch fish by diving into the water. Cormorants are related to pelicans.
Scientific name: family: gruidae
Cranes are tall, graceful birds with long necks and long legs. They usually live near water, and build their nests on floating platforms. Cranes can live for several decades. There are many different kinds of crane, and they are found all over the world except Antarctica. Cranes are often the subject of origami sculptures.