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So many great birds at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The colorful Congo peafowl is the national bird of the Democratic Republic of the Congo but estimates are that just a few thousand are left in the wild; the Congo peafowl is threatened by habitat loss caused by mining, shifting cultivation and logging

The colorful Congo peafowl is the national bird of the Democratic Republic of the Congo but estimates are that just a few thousand are left in the wild; the Congo peafowl is threatened by habitat loss caused by mining, shifting cultivation and logging

The spur-winged lapwing (thanks to Joe Starr for the ID) breeds around the eastern Mediterranean, and in a wide band from sub-Saharan west Africa to Arabia; the Merlin app can be used to ID a bird from a photo

The spur-winged lapwing (thanks to Joe Starr for the ID) breeds around the eastern Mediterranean, and in a wide band from sub-Saharan west Africa to Arabia; the Merlin app can be used to ID a bird from a photo

The hyacinth macaw, native to the tropical forests of Brazil, is the largest of all parrots (measuring up to 40 inches from head to the tip of its tail); it's an endangered species because of the illegal pet trade

The hyacinth macaw, native to the tropical forests of Brazil, is the largest of all parrots (measuring up to 40 inches from head to the tip of its tail); it's an endangered species because of the illegal pet trade

The African spoonbill is fairly common south of the Sahara living in marshy wetlands with some open shallow water and nesting in colonies in trees or reedbeds; despite looking friendly, they usually don't share colonies with storks or herons

The African spoonbill is fairly common south of the Sahara living in marshy wetlands with some open shallow water and nesting in colonies in trees or reedbeds; despite looking friendly, they usually don't share colonies with storks or herons

The sunbittern's range extends from Guatemala to Brazil and they famously display their large wings, that exhibit a pattern that resemble eyes, when they feel threatened

The sunbittern's range extends from Guatemala to Brazil and they famously display their large wings, that exhibit a pattern that resemble eyes, when they feel threatened

The white-crested laughingthrush is a highly social and vocal bird found in forest and scrub from the Himalayan foothills to SE Asia; the ideal habitat for this species includes bamboos, which provide excellent nesting substrate and camouflage

The white-crested laughingthrush is a highly social and vocal bird found in forest and scrub from the Himalayan foothills to SE Asia; the ideal habitat for this species includes bamboos, which provide excellent nesting substrate and camouflage

The African openbill stork feeds almost exclusively on aquatic snails and freshwater mussels; the birds were more interesting to me since the mammals are at most zoos or are ones I've seen in Africa

The African openbill stork feeds almost exclusively on aquatic snails and freshwater mussels; the birds were more interesting to me since the mammals are at most zoos or are ones I've seen in Africa

There were plenty of flamingos at the Safari Park which is 32 miles north of the San Diego Zoo in Escondido; the park is noted for its California condor breeding program, the most successful such program in the country

There were plenty of flamingos at the Safari Park which is 32 miles north of the San Diego Zoo in Escondido; the park is noted for its California condor breeding program, the most successful such program in the country

Reichenow's helmeted guineafowl, commonly found in Africa south of the Sahara, are particularly well-suited to consuming massive quantities of ticks, which might otherwise spread Lyme disease

Reichenow's helmeted guineafowl, commonly found in Africa south of the Sahara, are particularly well-suited to consuming massive quantities of ticks, which might otherwise spread Lyme disease

The magpie goose is found in northern Australia and southern New Guinea; the species was once also widespread in southern Australia, but disappeared from there largely due to the drainage of the wetlands where the birds once bred

The magpie goose is found in northern Australia and southern New Guinea; the species was once also widespread in southern Australia, but disappeared from there largely due to the drainage of the wetlands where the birds once bred

By 1982 there were only 22 California condors left in the wild but a breeding facility was built that same year at the Safari Park; since then hundreds of chicks have hatched here with the condor population now 500

By 1982 there were only 22 California condors left in the wild but a breeding facility was built that same year at the Safari Park; since then hundreds of chicks have hatched here with the condor population now 500+

Found mostly in New Guinea and Australia, the radjah shelduck is a protected species in Australia; they prefer the brackish waters of mangrove flats and usually form long-term bonds so they are often seen in lone pairs

Found mostly in New Guinea and Australia, the radjah shelduck is a protected species in Australia; they prefer the brackish waters of mangrove flats and usually form long-term bonds so they are often seen in lone pairs

The greater roadrunner (a member of the cuckoo family) is a local bird, capable of limited flight, which spends most of its time on the ground; it has the fastest running speed clocked for a flying bird of 20  mph

The greater roadrunner (a member of the cuckoo family) is a local bird, capable of limited flight, which spends most of its time on the ground; it has the fastest running speed clocked for a flying bird of 20+ mph

The Dalmatian pelican (found in Europe and Asia) is the largest member of the pelican family, and perhaps the world's largest freshwater bird, although rivaled in weight and length by the largest swans

The Dalmatian pelican (found in Europe and Asia) is the largest member of the pelican family, and perhaps the world's largest freshwater bird, although rivaled in weight and length by the largest swans

The endangered East African crowned crane is the national bird of Uganda and is found in eastern and southern Africa; they are beautiful birds and I always enjoyed seeing them when on tours in Africa

The endangered East African crowned crane is the national bird of Uganda and is found in eastern and southern Africa; they are beautiful birds and I always enjoyed seeing them when on tours in Africa

The Marabou Stork, the largest of all storks standing almost 5 feet, was frequently spotted on my African tours; this stork's large, heavy bill continues growing throughout its life and can reach 14 inches long

The Marabou Stork, the largest of all storks standing almost 5 feet, was frequently spotted on my African tours; this stork's large, heavy bill continues growing throughout its life and can reach 14 inches long

I think this is a young black-crowned night heron that has discovered an abundant food supply here; most active at dusk when they make frog-like croaking calls, adults have black backs with a white underside

I think this is a young black-crowned night heron that has discovered an abundant food supply here; most active at dusk when they make frog-like croaking calls, adults have black backs with a white underside

The Abyssinian ground hornbill can be found from Senegal to central Kenya; the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is the first zoo in the world to hatch an Abyssinian ground hornbill chick

The Abyssinian ground hornbill can be found from Senegal to central Kenya; the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is the first zoo in the world to hatch an Abyssinian ground hornbill chick

The Eurasian eagle owl is among the largest of owls and is widely distributed across Europe, Russia and central Asia; this species has a wingspan exceeding 6 feet but still weighs less than 10 pounds

The Eurasian eagle owl is among the largest of owls and is widely distributed across Europe, Russia and central Asia; this species has a wingspan exceeding 6 feet but still weighs less than 10 pounds

The demoiselle crane, the smallest species of crane, is a migratory bird found in central Eurosiberia; the demoiselle was so named by Queen Marie Antoinette, for its delicate and maiden-like appearance

The demoiselle crane, the smallest species of crane, is a migratory bird found in central Eurosiberia; the demoiselle was so named by Queen Marie Antoinette, for its delicate and maiden-like appearance

Mallards are considered dabbling ducks, a term that means they feed by floating on the water and tipping themselves forward, butts in the air, to graze on underwater plants or grab insects (as opposed to diving ducks)

Mallards are considered dabbling ducks, a term that means they feed by floating on the water and tipping themselves forward, butts in the air, to graze on underwater plants or grab insects (as opposed to diving ducks)

The yellow-billed stork is widespread in areas south of the Sahara and does not generally migrate far; on descending from high altitudes, it has been observed to dive at high speeds and flip over and over from side to side, showing impressive aerobatics

The yellow-billed stork is widespread in areas south of the Sahara and does not generally migrate far; on descending from high altitudes, it has been observed to dive at high speeds and flip over and over from side to side, showing impressive aerobatics

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