201 illustrations of birds including: macaw, maculta, magpie, mallard, man-of-war, martin, meadow-lark, menura, merganser, merlin, mina, mino-bird, mockingbird, momot, moor-hen, moorfowl, mooruk, mound-bird, mourning dove, natatores, night-jar, nighthawk, noddy tern, notornis mantelli, nut cracker, nuthatch, oriole, ortolan, osprey, ostrich, oven bird, owl, and oyster catcher

A pair of golden orioles with their nest and eggs.

Golden Oriole

A pair of golden orioles with their nest and eggs.

"The Golden Oriole, Oriolus galbula, which breeds exceptionally in England, is orange-yellow, with black lores and mainly black wings and tail. The bill is crimson, pinkish, or bluish." A. H. Evans, 1900

Golden Oriole

"The Golden Oriole, Oriolus galbula, which breeds exceptionally in England, is orange-yellow, with black…

A species of bird native to the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea.

Ortolan

A species of bird native to the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea.

This bird lives on fish so is commonly found near water. Its nest is composed of sticks, seaweed, and grasses. Instead of feathers, its legs are covered with scales.

Osprey

This bird lives on fish so is commonly found near water. Its nest is composed of sticks, seaweed, and…

This bird lives on fish so is commonly found near water. Its nest is composed of sticks, seaweed, and grasses. Instead of feathers, its legs are covered with scales.

Osprey

This bird lives on fish so is commonly found near water. Its nest is composed of sticks, seaweed, and…

An osprey, perched on a rock with a freshly caught fish pinned under one foot.

Osprey

An osprey, perched on a rock with a freshly caught fish pinned under one foot.

"The Osprey, the fish hawk, bald buzzard, or fishing eagle. A bird of prey, of almost world wide distribution usually near the seashore, and, unlike rapacious birds generally, are in some measure gregarious. In North America large communities of ospreys are found, and the purple grakle often builds close by. The osprey lays three or four eggs of a rich red to buffy white, with large reddish and brown markings."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Osprey

"The Osprey, the fish hawk, bald buzzard, or fishing eagle. A bird of prey, of almost world wide distribution…

The osprey is a diurnal bird of prey.

Osprey

The osprey is a diurnal bird of prey.

An Osprey catching a fish. "Pandion haliaetus. Fish Hawk. Osprey. Adult. dark vandyke- brown, blackening on the quills, the feathers of the upper parts more or less completely edged with white - the older the bird, the more conspicuous the white markings. Tail dark brown with dusky bars, white tip and shafts, and inner webs of all but the middle pair of feathers regularly barred with white and dark. Head, neck, and under parts white, the crown more or less extensively streaked with blackish, and a heavy blackish postocular stripe to the nape; the breast more or less spotted with dusky brown; the white more or less tinged with tawny in some places, especially under the wings and on the head. Coloration very variable in the relative amounts of the dark and white colors; young darker, the upper parts without the white crescents. Bill blackish, bluing at base and on cere; feet grayish-blue; claws black; iris yellow or red." Elliot Coues, 1884

Osprey

An Osprey catching a fish. "Pandion haliaetus. Fish Hawk. Osprey. Adult. dark vandyke- brown, blackening…

Illustration of the head of an osprey, a larger bird of prey.

Head of an Osprey

Illustration of the head of an osprey, a larger bird of prey.

A flightless bird, the ostrich can run rapidly with its wings outstretched.

Ostrich

A flightless bird, the ostrich can run rapidly with its wings outstretched.

A flightless bird, the ostrich can run rapidly with its wings outstretched.

Ostrich

A flightless bird, the ostrich can run rapidly with its wings outstretched.

This south American ostrich can not fly, the wings being small; but it is a swift runner, equaling a horse in speed.

Ostrich

This south American ostrich can not fly, the wings being small; but it is a swift runner, equaling a…

"The Ostrich is the largest of all living birds, standing from six to eight feet in height, and has been known from remote antiquity; Xenophon mentions it in the "Anabasis" as found in the plains of Artemisia, and there are frequent references to it in later Roman literature. Hunters report that the flesh is palatable. The ostrich is hunted and bred for the sake of the quill feathers of the wings and tail.The Ostrich is a vegetable feeder, but swallows stones, bits of iron, and other hard substances to aid the gizzard in its functions. On ostrich farms newly hatched birds have been observed to pick up little stones before taking any food. The wings are useless for flight, but of so much assistance in running that the bird can outstrip the fleetest horse."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Ostrich

"The Ostrich is the largest of all living birds, standing from six to eight feet in height, and has…

An ostrich in a circus

Ostrich

An ostrich in a circus

A large bird, nearly ten feet high, having a long neck, stout long legs, with only two toes, and short wings, with long soft plumes, in the place of feathers. It is remarkable for its speed, and swallowing bits of metal or stone.

Ostrich

A large bird, nearly ten feet high, having a long neck, stout long legs, with only two toes, and short…

A flightless bird native to Africa.

Ostrich

A flightless bird native to Africa.

The ostrich is a flightless bird native to Africa. They are distinct in their appearance, with a long neck and legs and the ability to run at speeds of 40 mph.

Ostrich

The ostrich is a flightless bird native to Africa. They are distinct in their appearance, with a long…

A genus of cursorial birds, of which it is the type. They are native to the deserts of Africa and Arabia, and somewhat resemble the emu and cassowary. The ostrich is the largest of living birds, standing from six to eight feet high, and has been known from remote antiquity.

Ostrich

A genus of cursorial birds, of which it is the type. They are native to the deserts of Africa and Arabia,…

The ostrich is the largest bird and native to Africa and Asia.

Ostrich

The ostrich is the largest bird and native to Africa and Asia.

"Struthio camelus, the Ostrich or "Camel-bird" of North Africa now extends from Barbary to Arabia, and even to Mesopotamia, though no longer found, as of old, in Egypt or Central Asia...". "It is black with white wings and tail, having a flesh coloured with brownish down, and practically bare tibiae of the same hue." "The Ostrich stands about eight feet high, being the largest of existing birds." - A. H. Evans, 1900

Ostrich

"Struthio camelus, the Ostrich or "Camel-bird" of North Africa now extends from Barbary to Arabia, and…

An ostrich being pursued by a hunter.

Ostrich

An ostrich being pursued by a hunter.

An ostrich, one of two large flightless birds found in Africa.

Ostrich

An ostrich, one of two large flightless birds found in Africa.

An ostrich claw.

Ostrich Claw

An ostrich claw.

An illustration of an ostrich with a doll in its beak.

Ostrich with Doll

An illustration of an ostrich with a doll in its beak.

A large non—flying bird of South America.

South American Ostrich

A large non—flying bird of South America.

A large, flightless bird, the ostrich measures six to eight feet tall, and is native to the sandy desert regions of tropical Africa.

Ostriches

A large, flightless bird, the ostrich measures six to eight feet tall, and is native to the sandy desert…

The ovenbird is a wood-warabler, spends most of its time on the ground or in undergrowth.

Ovenbird

The ovenbird is a wood-warabler, spends most of its time on the ground or in undergrowth.

The Ovenbird, Seiurus aurocapillus, is a small songbird of the New World warbler family. Ovenbirds are 14 cm long and weigh 18 g. They have white underparts streaked with black, and olive-brown upperparts. They have white eye rings, pinkish legs and thin pointed bills. They have orange lines on the top of their crowns, which are bordered on each side with dark brown.

Ovenbird

The Ovenbird, Seiurus aurocapillus, is a small songbird of the New World warbler family. Ovenbirds are…

"Golden-crowned Wagtail Warbler. Golden-crowned Accentor. Golden-crowned Thrush. Oven-bird. Seiurus aurocapillus. Entire upper parts, including the wings and tail, uniform bright olive-green, without markings. Top of head with black lateral stripes, bounding a golden-brown or dull orange space. A white ring round eye; no white superciliary stripe. Under parts white, thickly spotted with dusky on the breast, the spots lengthening into streaks on the sides; a narrow black maxillary line; under wing-coverts tinged with yellow. Legs flesh-colored." Elliot Coues, 1884

Ovenbird

"Golden-crowned Wagtail Warbler. Golden-crowned Accentor. Golden-crowned Thrush. Oven-bird. Seiurus…

"The owl is one of the soberest -looking of animals", (Hooker, 1886).

Owl

"The owl is one of the soberest -looking of animals", (Hooker, 1886).

Owl, head only.

Owl

Owl, head only.

Owls are found on nearly every continent.

Owl

Owls are found on nearly every continent.

A night-life bird whose huge eyes help it see.

Owl

A night-life bird whose huge eyes help it see.

An owl, perched.

Owl

An owl, perched.

Owls can be found in all parts of the world, some as short as five inches long while others are as large as two feet.

Owl

Owls can be found in all parts of the world, some as short as five inches long while others are as large…

A large group of birds of prey, including fully 150 species, about forty of which inhabit America. They are distinguished chiefly on account of their nocturnl habits. The different species have a short head, a circular or triangular facial disc, large eyes and ears, the outer toe reversible, aand, owing to the soft plumage, a noiseless flight.

Owl

A large group of birds of prey, including fully 150 species, about forty of which inhabit America. They…

A large group of birds of prey, including fully 150 species, about forty of which inhabit America. They are distinguished chiefly on account of their nocturnl habits. The different species have a short head, a circular or triangular facial disc, large eyes and ears, the outer toe reversible, aand, owing to the soft plumage, a noiseless flight.

Owl

A large group of birds of prey, including fully 150 species, about forty of which inhabit America. They…

An illustration of an owl.

Owl

An illustration of an owl.

A barn owl, Strix flammea.

Owl

A barn owl, Strix flammea.

An owl perched on a book, with a branch in the background.

Owl and Book

An owl perched on a book, with a branch in the background.

An illustration of an owl guarding her eggs from a wolf.

Owl and Wolf

An illustration of an owl guarding her eggs from a wolf.

An adult owl being mobbed by a group of smaller birds. Mobbing occurs when smaller birds, in fear, will swarm in an attack other birds.

The Mobbing of an Owl

An adult owl being mobbed by a group of smaller birds. Mobbing occurs when smaller birds, in fear, will…

A pair of American barn-owls, one of which is grasping a small rodent in its claws.

American Barn Owl

A pair of American barn-owls, one of which is grasping a small rodent in its claws.

The barn owl is known to destroy rats and mice on farms,(Figuier, 1869).

Barn Owl

The barn owl is known to destroy rats and mice on farms,(Figuier, 1869).

"Strix nebulosa. Barred Owl. Hoot Owl. American Wood Owl. Toes fully feathered, nearly or quite to the claws, which are blackish; bill yellow; iris black. Of medium size in this genus. Markings of back and breast in cross-bars, of belly in lengthwise stripes. Above, umber-brown or liver-color, everywhere with white or tawny, or both; breast the same; on the belly the pattern changing abruptly to heavy dusky shaft-stripes on a white or tawny ground; crissum the same; feet speckled with dusky; wings and tail like the back or rather darker, regularly barred with gray, light brown or tawny, some of the bars usually making white spots at their ends, and the markings of the wing-coverts rather in spots than bars. Lining of wings tawny, with some dusky spotting. Facial disc set in a frame of black and white specks, with blackened eye-lids, and obscurely watered with lighter and darker colors in rings around the eye as a centre, the bristly feathers about the bill mixed black and white, or white at base, blackened terminally. A notably large and somewhat impressive owl of Eastern North America, common in woodland of the U.S. especially southerly; not known to range much north of the U.S. though occurring in parts of Canada, and not reported from the West, where apparently replaced by S. occidentalis." Elliot Coues, 1884

Barred Owl

"Strix nebulosa. Barred Owl. Hoot Owl. American Wood Owl. Toes fully feathered, nearly or quite to the…

"Speotyto cunicularia, the Burrowing Owl, a comparatively long-legged and short -winged bird with incomplete facial discs and unfeathered toes, is umber-brown varied with yellowish and white, the lower parts becoming lighter." A. H. Evans

Two Burrowing Owls by the Mountains

"Speotyto cunicularia, the Burrowing Owl, a comparatively long-legged and short -winged bird with incomplete…

"Speotyto cunicularia hypogae'a. Burrowing Owl. Adult: Above, dull grayish-brown, profusely spotted with whitish; the markings mostly rounded and paired on each feather, but anteriorly lengthened. Quills with 4-6 whitish bars, entire or broken into cross-rows of spots; tail-feathers similarly marked. There is much individual variation in the tone of the ground-color, and size and number of the spots, which may also be rather ochrey than whitish. Superciliary line, chin, and throat, white, the two latter separated by a dark brown jugular collar; auruculars brown; facial bristles black-shafted. Under parts white or pale ochrey, the breast, belly, and sides barred with traverse spots of brown, in a pretty regular manner; legs and under tail-coverts unmarked. Lining of wings tawny-white, dusky-spotted on the primary coverts." Elliot Coues, 1884

Burrowing Owl

"Speotyto cunicularia hypogae'a. Burrowing Owl. Adult: Above, dull grayish-brown, profusely spotted…

The Canada owl, also known as the day or hawk owl. It feeds primarily on small birds.

Canada Owl

The Canada owl, also known as the day or hawk owl. It feeds primarily on small birds.

Eagle or great-horned owl, found in Europe and northern asia. It feeds on hares, rabbits, moles, mice, rats, partridges, and reptiles.

Eagle Owl

Eagle or great-horned owl, found in Europe and northern asia. It feeds on hares, rabbits, moles, mice,…

Head of an eagle owl. It has large eyes for seeing at night, and a hooked beak for snaring its prey.

Head of an Eagle Owl

Head of an eagle owl. It has large eyes for seeing at night, and a hooked beak for snaring its prey.

Horned owls are distinguished by two tufts or horns of feathers placed on each side of their head.

Great Horned Owl

Horned owls are distinguished by two tufts or horns of feathers placed on each side of their head.

The American horned owls and the Old World eagle-owls make up the genus Bubo, at least as traditionally circumscribed. This genus, depending on definition, contains about one or two dozen species of typical owls (family Strigidae) and occurs in many parts of the world. Some of the largest living Strigiformes are in Bubo. Traditionally, only owls with ear-tufts were included here, but this is now known to be wrong.

Great Horned Owl

The American horned owls and the Old World eagle-owls make up the genus Bubo, at least as traditionally…

"Bubo virginianus. Great Horned Owl. Hoot Owl. Cat Owl. Distinguished by its large size and conspicuous ear-tufts, our other species of similar stature being tuftless or nearly so. Plumage varying interminably, no concise description meeting all its phases. A white collar on the throat is the most constant color-mark. On the upper parts, the under-plumage tawny, but so overlaid with course mottling of blackish and white, that it shows chiefly on the head, nape, and scapulars; the mottling chiefly transverse, and resolving into 7-9 continuous or broken bars on the wings and tail. Under parts white, indefinitely tawny-tinged, and for the most part barred crosswise with blackish, changing on the fore breast to ragged and rather lengthwise blotches. Feathering of feet nearly plain tawny. Ear-tufts black and tawny; a dark mark over eye; border of the facial disc black, the face white or tawny, but the feathers mostly black shafted. Bill and claws black; iris yellow; pupil always circular; when fully dilated as large as a finger-ring, contractile to the size of a pea." Elliot Coues, 1884

Great Horned Owl

"Bubo virginianus. Great Horned Owl. Hoot Owl. Cat Owl. Distinguished by its large size and conspicuous…

Genus <em>ascalaphia</em>, a large owl, native to southern Europe and northern parts of Egypt.

Great Short-Eared Owl

Genus ascalaphia, a large owl, native to southern Europe and northern parts of Egypt.

"The owl is a popular name for any nocturnal, raptorial bird, of which about 200 species are known. Their classification is in a very unsettled state. Willoughby's division into two sections&ndash; one having 'ears' or 'horns,' as the tufts of feathers on their heads were called, the other destitute of such appendages&ndash; was shown to be unnatural by Geoffroy St. Hilaire. The prevailing color of the plumage is brown, with a tinge of rusty-red, and it is exceedingly loose and soft, so that their flight (even in the larger species) is almost noiseless, enabling them to swoop upon their prey, which they hunt in the twilight. All owls cast up in the form of pellets the indigestible parts of the food swallowed. These castings may be seen under any owl-roost, and show plainly the great service these birds render to man in destroying rats and mice. They range over the whole globe."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Great Snow Owl

"The owl is a popular name for any nocturnal, raptorial bird, of which about 200 species are known.…

The Hawk owl is about 15 inches long and feeds on rabbits, rats, mice, reptiles and birds, (Figuier, 1869).

Hawk Owl

The Hawk owl is about 15 inches long and feeds on rabbits, rats, mice, reptiles and birds, (Figuier,…

"Surnia funerea. American Hawk Owl. Day Owl. Bill and eyes yellow; claws brownish-black. Upper parts bistre-brown, darkest and almost blackish on the head, where profusely spotted with small round white mark, to which succeeds a nuchal interval less spotted or free from spots, then an area of larger and lengthened spots; scapulars profusely spotted with white in large pattern, forming a scapular bar as in Scops; back and wing-coverts more or less spotted with white also; primaries and secondaries with with white spots in pairs on opposite edges of the feathers. Tail broken-barred with white or pale gray, usually narrowly and distinctly, on one or both webs, and tipped with the same; but there is great individual variation in this respect, as may also be said of the amount and character of the spotting of the upper parts. Under parts from the breast backward, including the crissum, closely and regularly cross-barred with rich reddish-brown, or even reddish-brown, or even reddish-black, upon a white ground, the alternating bars of color usually of about equal widths - if anything, the white the broadest.

Hawk Owl

"Surnia funerea. American Hawk Owl. Day Owl. Bill and eyes yellow; claws brownish-black. Upper parts…

"The Hawk-Owl is especially well known in Canada. This bird goes as far south as Louisiana."

The Hawk or Canada Owl

"The Hawk-Owl is especially well known in Canada. This bird goes as far south as Louisiana."

A pair of great American horned owls, sitting on the ground.

Great American Horned Owls

A pair of great American horned owls, sitting on the ground.