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what type of bird is this?

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what type of bird is this?
jusko88, 20 Mar 2012
    • jusko88
      smithsonian national
    • jusko88
      This was from trip to the zoo in June 2011. I dont remember what species of bird it is lol.:eek: thks
    • mstickmanp
      This is a Red-legged Seriema.
    • Gilgamesh
      Yup definitely a Red legged Seriema. It is also in fact the only bird with eyelashes.
    • Chlidonias
      that's a fact? What about hornbills, which are renowned for their "eyelashes"? Or caracaras? Or ostriches? There are many species of birds that have "eyelashes" (actually modified feathers, of course, not modified hairs as in mammals).

      I like this aviary. Its not large, but it does look very like the South American grasslands which seriemas come from.
    • jusko88
      The Smithsonian National Zoo has a nice collection of birds. They exhibit Micronesian Kingfisher which are extinct in the wild. Also in another exhibit like the Red-Legged Seriema there's Kori Bustard. Theres four species of cranes stanley crane, wattled crane, white-naped crane and whooping crane. King Vultures which i missed :(. Double wattled cassowary and Kiwi's are exhibited. Matter of fact a second baby kiwi hatched on March 7th.
    • American_birds
      The Smithsonian zoo states on their website that "Seriemas are one of the few birds with eyelashes." I have always though that, while true, this was misleading.

      Red-Legged Seriema Fact Sheet - National Zoo| FONZ
    • Gilgamesh
      Oops I made a mistake.. I remember reading somewhere that they were the only birds with eyelashes. Guess that book was wrong.
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