The avocet averages about eighteen inches in length, feeding on worms, aquatic insects, and thin-skinned crustacea.

Avocet

The avocet averages about eighteen inches in length, feeding on worms, aquatic insects, and thin-skinned…

About three feet, nine inches in height, the balœniceps is native along the banks of the White Nile, in East Africa.

Balœniceps

About three feet, nine inches in height, the balœniceps is native along the banks of the White…

Measuring approximately twenty-six inches in length, the American bittern is a nocturnal hunter. It can be found throughout North America.

American Bittern

Measuring approximately twenty-six inches in length, the American bittern is a nocturnal hunter. It…

The common bittern of Europe feeds at night, primarily on frogs, lizards, small birds, and fish.

Common Bittern

The common bittern of Europe feeds at night, primarily on frogs, lizards, small birds, and fish.

Also known as the crested savacou, the boat-bill gets its name from the shape of its beak, which resembles an upturned boat. It feeds on fish, crabs, and reptiles.

Boatbill

Also known as the crested savacou, the boat-bill gets its name from the shape of its beak, which resembles…

Found in India, the black-billed bustard can measure up to four and a half feet in length.

Black-Billed Bustard

Found in India, the black-billed bustard can measure up to four and a half feet in length.

Forty-five inches in length, the great bustard feeds on green wheat, grapes, trefoil, and other vegetable substances.

Great Bustard

Forty-five inches in length, the great bustard feeds on green wheat, grapes, trefoil, and other vegetable…

The little European bustard measures about seventeen inches in length, and is found predominently in Southern Europe, though it is not unknown in the northern latitudes.

Little European Bustard

The little European bustard measures about seventeen inches in length, and is found predominently in…

Feeding mostly on insects, Macqueen's bustard makes its home in the dry sandy plains of Afganistan.

Macqueen's Bustard

Feeding mostly on insects, Macqueen's bustard makes its home in the dry sandy plains of Afganistan.

Found on the elevated plains of Paraguay and Brazil, the cariama is about thirty inches long and feeds on lizards, insects, and molluscous animals.

Cariama

Found on the elevated plains of Paraguay and Brazil, the cariama is about thirty inches long and feeds…

Averaging about sixteen inches in length, the common coot of Europe is found throughout Europe and Asia.

Common European coot

Averaging about sixteen inches in length, the common coot of Europe is found throughout Europe and Asia.

The balearic crane (also known as the crowned crane) stands about four feet high, and is easily domesticable.

Balearic Crane

The balearic crane (also known as the crowned crane) stands about four feet high, and is easily domesticable.

The common crane of Europe is mostly of a blueish-ash color, feeding on worms, insects, reptiles, mollusca, and sometimes on grain.

Common European crane

The common crane of Europe is mostly of a blueish-ash color, feeding on worms, insects, reptiles, mollusca,…

Averaging about three feet in length, the numidian crane makes its home in Africa, though it has been sited in Asia and occaisionally Southern Europe.

Numidian crane

Averaging about three feet in length, the numidian crane makes its home in Africa, though it has been…

Distinguished by a long, slender bill which curves downward, the curlew feeds mostly on worms, slugs, small testaceans, and insects.

Curlew

Distinguished by a long, slender bill which curves downward, the curlew feeds mostly on worms, slugs,…

Also known as the purre, stint, ox-bird, and the sea-snipe, the dunlin is found throughout Europe and North America.

Dunlin

Also known as the purre, stint, ox-bird, and the sea-snipe, the dunlin is found throughout Europe and…

The black-tailed godwit measures about sixteen inches in length, and is found throughout Europe during the spring and summer months.

Black-Tailed Godwits

The black-tailed godwit measures about sixteen inches in length, and is found throughout Europe during…

A group of Grallatores, an order with characteristically long legs, well suited for wading in shallow water in search of food.

Grallatores

A group of Grallatores, an order with characteristically long legs, well suited for wading in shallow…

The European night heron draws its name from its nocturnal habits.

European Night Heron

The European night heron draws its name from its nocturnal habits.

Also known as the crested heron, the European gray heron ranges from Middle and Southern Europe into parts of Asia and Africa.

Gray Heron

Also known as the crested heron, the European gray heron ranges from Middle and Southern Europe into…

White, often with a yellowish tinge, the great white heron of America closely resembles its European cousin.

Great White Heron

White, often with a yellowish tinge, the great white heron of America closely resembles its European…

"twenty-nine inches long; slate-gray above; dark maroon and slate-gray beneath ; found in the warmer parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa." — Goodrich, 1859

Purple Heron

"twenty-nine inches long; slate-gray above; dark maroon and slate-gray beneath ; found in the warmer…

Found throughout Africa, the sacred (or white) ibis was revered by the ancient Egyptians.

Sacred Ibis

Found throughout Africa, the sacred (or white) ibis was revered by the ancient Egyptians.

Found in Brazil, the jacana feeds primarily on vegetable matter.

Jacana

Found in Brazil, the jacana feeds primarily on vegetable matter.

"The Jacana is a wading bird; a genus of grallatores. They are very light birds; and the wide surface over which their toes extend enables them the more easily to procure their food, consisting of worms, small fishes, and insects, by walking on the leaves of aquatic plants which float on the water. Various species of the jacana are spread over the tropical regions."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Jacana

"The Jacana is a wading bird; a genus of grallatores. They are very light birds; and the wide surface…

A jaribu and a flamingo standing together.

Jarbiru and Flamingo

A jaribu and a flamingo standing together.

Also known as the peewit, the lapwing is distributed through Europe, as well as some parts of Asia and Africa. It draws the name "peewit" from its cry.

Lapwing

Also known as the peewit, the lapwing is distributed through Europe, as well as some parts of Asia and…

Also known as the waterhen, the moorhen lives around rivers and lakes, feeding on worms, insects, mollusca, and seeds.

Moorhen

Also known as the waterhen, the moorhen lives around rivers and lakes, feeding on worms, insects, mollusca,…

The European oyster-catcher is about eighteen inches in length, commonly found along the sea-coast. Its diet consists of mollusca and small crabs.

European Oystercatcher

The European oyster-catcher is about eighteen inches in length, commonly found along the sea-coast.…

Preferring aquatic environment, the females of the gray phalarope species are slightly larger than the males.

Gray Phalarope

Preferring aquatic environment, the females of the gray phalarope species are slightly larger than the…

Eleven inches in length, the golden plover of Europe is a migratory bird.

Golden Plover

Eleven inches in length, the golden plover of Europe is a migratory bird.

The great plover, also known as the thick-knee averages about seventeen inches in length and ranges from Southern Europe to Africa.

Great Plover

The great plover, also known as the thick-knee averages about seventeen inches in length and ranges…

Also known as the Carolina rail, soree rail, and the English rail, the common American rail is found in the temperate wetlands of the United States.

Common American Carolina Rail

Also known as the Carolina rail, soree rail, and the English rail, the common American rail is found…

Generally inhabiting Europe, the land-rail is also known as the corn-crake. It averages about seven inches in length.

Land Rail

Generally inhabiting Europe, the land-rail is also known as the corn-crake. It averages about seven…

The common European water-rail is native to warmer parts of Europe, as well as portions of Asia.

Common European Water Rail

The common European water-rail is native to warmer parts of Europe, as well as portions of Asia.

The common red-shank averages about twelve inches in length, and makes its home along sea-shores, and the banks of rivers and streams.

Spotted Redshank

The common red-shank averages about twelve inches in length, and makes its home along sea-shores, and…

The ruff is a migratory species, ranging from Europe to Asia. They are known for fighting with one another.

Ruff

The ruff is a migratory species, ranging from Europe to Asia. They are known for fighting with one another.

A bird belonging to the grallatores or waders.

Ruff Fowl

A bird belonging to the grallatores or waders.

"The broad-billed sandpiper.. [is] six and a half inches long, variegated above with black, rufous, and gray; beneath grayish-white, tinged with buffish-red; rare, but distributed throughout Europe." — Goodrich, 1859

Broad-Billed Sandpiper

"The broad-billed sandpiper.. [is] six and a half inches long, variegated above with black, rufous,…

Averaging about eight inches in length, the curlew sandpiper can be found in Northern Europe, Asia, parts of Africa, as well as North America. It is an uncommon species.

Curlew Sandpipers

Averaging about eight inches in length, the curlew sandpiper can be found in Northern Europe, Asia,…

Also known as the kamichi, the horned screamer gets its name from the three inch horn on its head, as well as its loud, distinctive cries.

Horned Screamer

Also known as the kamichi, the horned screamer gets its name from the three inch horn on its head, as…

The double snipe, also known as the solitary snipe and the great snipe, is found sparingly throughout Europe.

Double Snipe

The double snipe, also known as the solitary snipe and the great snipe, is found sparingly throughout…

Ranging as far north as Scandanavia, Iceland, and Greenland in the summer, the European snipe migrates as far south as Egypt and Asia minor during the winter months.

European Snipe

Ranging as far north as Scandanavia, Iceland, and Greenland in the summer, the European snipe migrates…

The gray snipe is a migratory bird, found in the United States. It is also known as the brown snipe, red-breasted snipe, quail snipe, and as the dowitchee.

Gray Snipe

The gray snipe is a migratory bird, found in the United States. It is also known as the brown snipe,…

"Spoonbill is the popular name of the birds of the genus Platalea, belonging to the heron family (Ardeidæ), order Grallatores, from the shape of the bill, which is somewhat like a spoon, being curiously widened out at the tip. Live in society in wooded marshes, and on the sea-shore. Adult male is about 32 inches long; plumage white with pale pink tinge; at the junction of the neck with the breast there is a band of buffy yellow; the naked skin on the throat is yellow; legs and feet black; bill about eight inches long, very much flattened and grooved at the base, the expanded portion yellow, the rest black. There is a white occipital crest in both sexes. The spoonbill possesses no power of modulating its voice. The windpipe is bent on itself, like the figure 8 , the coils applied to each other and held in place by a thin membrane. This peculiarity does not exist in young birds. The roseate spoonbill, a native of the United States, has rose-colored plumage."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Spoonbill

"Spoonbill is the popular name of the birds of the genus Platalea, belonging to the heron family (Ardeidæ),…

Drawing its name from the widing of its bill towards the tip, the spoonbill frequents coastal and marshy areas, feeding on shellfish, marine animals, small snails, and fish.

Roseate Spoonbill

Drawing its name from the widing of its bill towards the tip, the spoonbill frequents coastal and marshy…

Also known as the European stilt, the black-winged stilt inhabits coastal areas where it forages for worms and small mollusca.

Black-Winged Stilt

Also known as the European stilt, the black-winged stilt inhabits coastal areas where it forages for…

Found in the tropical regions of Africa, the marabout stork can be found amongst vultures, picking through the garbage from villages.

Marabout Stork

Found in the tropical regions of Africa, the marabout stork can be found amongst vultures, picking through…

Measuring about three feet in length, the white stork migrates to Europe during the summer, and back to Africa and Asia during the winter months.

White Stork

Measuring about three feet in length, the white stork migrates to Europe during the summer, and back…

Believed to be extinct, the notornis mantelli was a flightless bird native to New Zealand.

Takahe

Believed to be extinct, the notornis mantelli was a flightless bird native to New Zealand.

The turnstone is found along coasts. It gets its name from its habit of flipping over small stones, searching for insects or small crustaceans to eat.

Turnstone

The turnstone is found along coasts. It gets its name from its habit of flipping over small stones,…

"Seventeen inches long; color brown; it flies badly, but runs with great swiftness; never takes to the water, scratches the earth like a hen, and feeds on worms and grubs. Found in New Zealand." — Goodrich, 1859

Weka

"Seventeen inches long; color brown; it flies badly, but runs with great swiftness; never takes to the…

The European woodcock averages about thirteen inches in length, and prefers to feed on earthworms. It is primarily a nocturnal bird.

European Woodcock

The European woodcock averages about thirteen inches in length, and prefers to feed on earthworms. It…