Silkie Chicken

Silkie Chicken

Where in the world?

Popular world-wide, but do best in warm, dry environments.

 

Animal Facts:

The Silkie is a breed of chicken named for its atypically fluffy plumage, appearing in various colors, which feels like silk and satin.

Silkies are relatively small chickens, with the males weighing only four pounds, and females weighing three pounds. They lay around 100 cream-colored eggs per year and live 7-9 years.

Originating from ancient China, Silkies are now one of the most popular ornamental breeds of chicken. They have a calm, friendly temperament and are exceptionally broody compared to other breeds, making them amazing mothers.

 

Did you know?

The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as black or bluish skin and bones, turquoise-blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot, whereas most chickens only have four.

 

Blue & Gold Macaw

Blue & Gold Macaw

Where in the world?

Forest habitats of Central and South America and Mexico.

 

Animal Facts:

Macaws are long-lived birds, with different species reaching up to 80 or even 100 years old in captivity! In the wild, the average lifespan is much shorter.

These birds have distinctive bare face patches, long tails and bright plumage, or feathers. Males and females do not have differing coloration, as in some other birds.

This large species of parrot can reach lengths of up to 33 inches from the beak to the end of the tail feathers.

 

Did you know?

Adult macaws have no known predators in the wild, but toucans, corvids, possums and coatis prey on the eggs and young.

 

Cockatoo

Cockatoo

Where in the world?

A variety of habitats in the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and nearby islands.

 

Animal Facts:

Most species of Cockatoos are mainly white, grey or black, but they all have showy, moveable crests on top of their head.

Like many other parrots, Cockatoos are very intelligent and social. Most species spend time in flocks, though size varies with species and food availability.

Cockatoos primarily eat seeds, nuts, flowers, fruits and even roots of plants. They may also gain protein from consuming insects.

 

Did you know?

Some species of Cockatoos have suffered decreases in population due to habitat loss, while other species have adapted to human habitation, increasing their population sizes and becoming pests.

 

Wood Duck

Wood Duck

Where in the world?

Water and forest habitats on the Southeast and Pacific Coasts, east of the Rocky Mountains, and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

 

Animal Facts:

Known as one of the most colorful North American waterfowl, the male Wood Duck has distinctive multicolored iridescent plumage and red eyes, with a distinctive white flare down the neck. Female Wood Ducks are less colorful and have a white eye-ring and a whitish throat. Both adults have crested heads.

Juveniles Wood Ducks eat a lot of invertebrates and occasionally a small fish. Adult Wood Ducks focus on eating primarily seeds, nuts, and plant matter, but will also eat aquatic and land invertebrates.

Adult Wood Ducks reach, on average, 19 to 21 inches in length with a wingspan of between 26 to 29 inches.

 

Did you know?

A flying group of ducks is called a kein, string, or team, but on the water they’re called a bunch, paddling, or raft.

 

Keel-billed Toucan

Keel-billed Toucan

Where in the world?

Tropical lowlands of South America.

 

Animal Facts:

Keel-billed Toucans eat mainly fruits, but also supplement their diet with protein in the form of insects, eggs of other birds and even small lizards, frogs and birds.

These social birds live in flocks of six to 12 individuals. They hop rather than fly through the canopy, and at night roost together in holes in tree trunks.

Tree cavities host toucan nests, where both parents incubate the eggs and feed the young. Babies are born featherless, with eyes shut and bills not fully developed. They stay in the nest for 8–9 weeks.

Did you know?

The large bill of toucans is lighter than it looks: it is composed of a spongy hollow bone covered by keratin, the same substance that makes up human hair and nails.

 

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