Photo of an owl.

Types of birds

Birds in all shapes, colors and sizes. Birds that fly, birds that walk, birds that chirp, birds that talk.

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Kiwi

Scientific name: apteryx mantelli

Kiwi are flightless birds from New Zealand. They are around the size of a chicken, and for their body size they lay the largest egg.
The kiwi is a national symbol of New Zealand.
Not to be confused with the kiwi fruit.

Photo of a kookaburra
Photo by Lip Kee
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Scientific name: dacelo novaeguineae

Kookaburras are a kind of large kingfisher native to Australia and New Guinea.
Kookaburras are best known for the noise they make, which sounds like loud, human laughter. Kookaburras are found in forests, deserts, and in the suburbs of cities.

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Lark

Photo of a lark
Photo by Lip Kee
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Larks are small to medium sized birds that like to live and make nests on the ground. They eat insects and seeds.
Larks have an intricate and pretty song that people like. Larks have been noted for thousands of years for their song.

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Lyrebird

Photo of a lyrebird
Photo by Ryan Wick
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Scientific name: menura novaehollandiae or menura alberti

Lyrebirds are an Australian bird that has an amazing ability to copy any sounds it hears. Lyrebirds live on the ground and eat insects and worms. The male lyrebird has a very interesting tail that looks a little like a lyre.

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Macaw

Photo of macaws
Photo by Jay Dodge
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Scientific name: ara macao

Macaws are a group of parrots found in tropical areas. The most recognizable kind of macaw is the scarlet macaw in the picture. Macaws are often kept as pets.

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Magpie

Magpies are a black and white bird related to the crow. They are very intelligent. They eat dead animals they find, insects and anything else they find that they can eat.
The magpie in the picture is an Australian magpie.

Photo of a mandarin duck
Photo by Gerwin Sturm
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Scientific name: aix galericulata

Mandarin ducks are a very striking and attractive kind of duck originally from China and parts of Russia. As with most birds, the female of the species is a dull brown.

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Ostrich

Photo of an ostrich
Photo by Alan Manson
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Scientific name: struthio camelus

The ostrich is a large flightless bird that is native to Africa. It is the largest bird in the world, and is farmed for its meat, skin and feathers. The ostrich egg when first laid contains the largest single cell on earth.

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Owl

Photo of an owl
Photo by Brendan Lally
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Scientific name: order: strigiformes

Owls are birds of prey, which means they eat other animals. They usually sleep during the day and hunt at night. Owls mostly hunt small animals, insects and other birds. They are found in almost everywhere on Earth.
A group of owls is called a parliament.

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Parakeet

A parakeet is a general name given to any small parrot.