The Great Birding Expedition

Jasmine Huiya Sun

Introduction

I, Jasmine Huiya Sun, journeyed to birding paradise: a haven for finding all manner of birds: THE ZOO...And thus started my big birding expedition.

Chilean Flamingo

The family is Phoenicopteridae. The genus is Phoenicopterus, and the full binomial name is Phoenicopterus chilensis.

  • The Chilean flamingo is native to South America.
  • They are related to the Caribbean flamingo, though this species has a lighter feather color.
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Caribbean Flamingo

The family is Phoenicopteridae, the genus is Phoenicopterus, and the full binomial name is Phoenicopterus ruber.

  • It is the only flamingo species to naturally inhabit North America.
  • It is mostly called the American Flamingo, as the species' presence in the Galapagos cause the "Caribbean" aspect to be incorrect.
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Ostrich

The family is Struthionidae. The genus is Struthio, and the full binomial name is Struthio camelus. Note: the top picture is mine and the bottom picture is clearer picture from the internet.

  • The ostrich is native to Africa.
  • It is Earth's currently largest bird species.
  • Contrary to popular belief, ostriches do not bury their heads in sand.
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Lesser Bird of Paradise

The family of the species is Paradisaeidae, the genus is Paradisaea, and the full binomial name is Paradisaea minor.

  • It is closely related to the 'Greater Bird of Paradise' though they are considered different species due to major differences in appearance and (minor) differences in size.
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Great Argus Pheasant

The family is Phasianidae, the genus is Argusianus, and the full binomial name is Argusianus argus.

  • The dots on a male Argus pheasant's feathers are used during courtship to attract a female.
  • "Feathers are also used for insulation, flight, and in some cases to help a bird hunt and evade predators." (National Geographic)
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Greater Roadrunner

The family is Cuculidae, the genus is Geococcyx, and the full binomial name is Geococcyx californianus. Note: top picture is mine, bottom picture is clearer picture from the Internet.

  • Roadrunners can run speeds of up to 32 kilometers per hour.
  • The name "roadrunner" comes from the bird's habit of racing up roads in front of moving vehicles then suddenly darting into safety in the brush.
  • Their diet is mostly insects, fruits, and seeds but they can eat small reptiles, small birds, their eggs, carrion, or even small mammals.



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Steller's Sea Eagle

The family is Accipitridae, the genus is Haliaeetus, and the full binomial name is Haliaeetus pelagicus. Note: the top picture is mine, the bottom picture is a clearer picture from the Internet.

  • The bird breeds on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia.
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Harpy Eagle

The family is Accipitridae, the genus is Harpia, and the full binomial name is Harpia harpyja. Note: the top picture is mine, bottom picture is clearer picture from the Internet.

  • The harpy eagle lives mostly in tropical rainforests.
  • The harpy eagle is listed as a vulnerable species due to habitat loss and destruction.
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King Vulture

The family is Cathartidae, the genus is Sarcoramphus, and the full binomial name is Sarcoramphus papa. Note: top picture is mine, bottom picture is clearer picture from the Internet.

  • The species population is decreasing in number due to habitat loss.

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Andean Condor

The family is Cathartidae, the genus is Vultur, and the full binomial name is Vultur gryphus. Note: top picture is mine, bottom picture is clearer picture from the Internet.

  • It feeds primarily on large carcasses (such as deer and cattle).
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Palm Nut Vulture

The family is Accipitridae, the genus is Gypohierax, and the full binomial name is Gypohierax angolensis. Note: top picture is mine, bottom picture is clearer picture from the Internet.

  • It breeds in forests and savannahs across sub-Saharan Africa.
  • It feeds mainly on the fruit of the oil-palm tree though it can eat crabs, molluscs, locusts, fish, and domestic poultry.
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Trumpeter Hornbill

The family is Bucerotidae, the genus is Bycanistes, and the full binomial name is Bycanistes bucinator.


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African Penguin

The family is Spheniscidae, the genus is Spheniscus, and the full binomial name is Spheniscus demersus.

  • The African penguin lives in South Africa. (Duh.)
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Bald Eagle

The family is Accipitridae, the genus is Haliaeetus, and the full binomial name is Haliaeetus leucocephalus. Note: top picture is mine, bottom picture is clearer picture from the Internet.

  • The bald eagle is the national bird for the United States of America and is featured on the national seal.
  • It lives in North America.
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Northern Aplomado Falcon

The family is Falconidae, the genus is Falco, and the full binomial name is Falco femoralis. Note: top picture is mine, bottom picture is clearer picture from the Internet.

  • This bird species mostly lives in South America, though not in the deep interior Amazon basin.
  • Its habitat is dry grasslands, savannahs, and marshes.
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The Rest of the Birds

A Picture of the Professional Birder Herself

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Total Bird Count: 43 birds