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Melopsittacus undulatus
Conservation Status: Least Concern
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Habitat: Woodland and grasslands near water
Weight: 1 - 1.4 ounces
Average Lifespan: 3 - 6 years
Incubation Period: 18 - 20 days
Number of Young: 5 - 6

- A budgie can have up to 3,000 feathers covering their body
- They have a high resting breathing rate at 65 - 85 breaths per minute
- They also have high heart rates at 300 times per minute
- Budgies have monocular vision meaning that they can move and see out of each eye independently of the other one
- Their eyes are also interesting as they have a third, rarely visible eyelid which helps to keep the birds eyes clean and lubricated
- Budgies can swivel their heads up to 180 degrees

Conservation Status: Endangered
Average Lifespan: 15 -20 years
Height: 24 -27"
Weight: 6 - 9 lbs
Habitat: Rocky Coastline
Number of Eggs: 2 -4
Incubation Period: 38 - 42 days



- Each Penguin has unique spot patterns on its belly
- African Penguins tend to nest throughout the year
- Glands at the base of the penguins' tail yield oil that waterproofs their feathers
- A layer of fat provides additional protection against chilly ocean waters
- They nest in colonies of 50-100 called rookeries and frequently vocalize to establish pair bonds 

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Coscoroba Coscoroba

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Habitat: Fresh water bodies
Size: 35-45"
Weight: 7-12 lbs
Wingspan: 61-63"
Average Lifespan: 18-20 years
Incubation Period: 40 days
Number of Eggs: 4-7

- They get their name from their loud, ‘cos-car-oo’ birdcall
- They employ typical swanlike threats like lifting their folded wings to make them appear larger and aggressive wing flapping.
-They are difficult birds to classify because it is swanlike overall, but has a honking voice and gooselike head.
- Unlike typical swans, Coscorobas do not have a triumph ceremony. A triumph ceremony is when a pair encounters another individual or pair.
One member of the pair will rush up to the stranger, immediately return to its mate and then the pair will preform a triumphant display with posturing and loud calls.

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Chauna Torquata
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Habitat: Grassland, Wetlands
Length: 32-37"
Weight: 9-12lbs
Average Lifespan: 14-15 Years
Incubation Period: 42-46 days

-They are also known as the crested screamer
-Their diet consists mostly of egg, apple, plant stems, and leaves
-The crested screamer has two spurs, one protruding from the bend of each wing. 
-These spurs are very similar to arrowheads, and can be used very effectively against aggressors if the bird feels threatened
-They can soar for hours at great heights
-Screamers are one of the two groups of living birds lacking prongs on the ribs (uncinate processes)

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Cygnus olor

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  • Habitat: Temperate; Saltwater; freshwater
    Height:5.7 - 6.2”
    Weight: 17-32 lbs
    Wingspan: 6.5-8’
    Average Lifespan: 30-40 years
    Incubation Period: 36-38days
    Number of Young: 5-7 eggs

    - The Mute Swan is the national bird of the Kingdom of Denmark.
  • - The familiar pose with neck curved back and wings half raised, known as busking, is a threat display.
    - The blows from their powerful wings can be dangerous to childrenand are capabale of maiming or killing some of the larger predators.
    - The phrase ‘swan song’ refers to this swan and to the legend that it is utterly silent until the last moment of its life, and then sings one achingly beautiful song just before dying; in reality, the Mute Swan is not completely silent.
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