For the Birds

This blog is primarily for my writing, but sometimes I will come upon related topics. That is the case here. There are many interest birds in the world, but I ran across several I’d never seen before. I wonder if you knew of these?

Top Row: Hamerkop, Shoebill Stork, Vulturine Guinea Fowl.
Middle Row: Royal Spoonbill, Cape Sugarbird, Long Tailed Widowbird
Bottom Row: Bee Hummingbird, Nicobar Pigeon

To me, the Hamerkop and Shoebill Stork look like cartoons turned into reality. I had seen the Shoebill before but included them because they were so unique. I’d heard of the Bee Hummingbird before but never seen a picture.
Top Row: Cassowary, Crested Auklet, Hoatzin
Middle Row: Hyacinth Macaw, Long Wattled Umbrellabird, Temminck’s Tragopan
Ribbon Tailed Astrapia, Six Wired Bird of Paradise

I’d heard of the Cassowary but don’t recall seeing a picture. There are various kinds of Macaws, but this was the first time I’d seen a bright blue one.

The reason I learned about these unusual birds? I was doing research for a new book. In the story, the main character is given a falcon to watch over her. And that research led me to the above serendipity. Stayed tuned for the post about the falcon in the story!

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