BIRDS

BIRDS

Birds are the biggest group of land vertebrates characterised by warm blood, feathers, wings, breathing through lungs and egg laying.

Birds are bipedal – feet are usually adapted for perching and never have more than four toes. Hearing and eyesight are well developed but the sense of smell is usually poor. No existing species of bird possesses teeth. Most birds fly but some groups such as ostriches are flightless and others include flightless members. Many communicate by sounds nearly half of all known species are songbirds or by visual displays.

There are approximately 9,000 species of birds in the world, and at Pafos Zoo we hold a large collection with approximately 1000 birds over nearly 200 different species. The bird collection is very diverse with birds from 18 different orders being kept at the Zoo. Around 45% of Pafos Zoo’s birds are threatened or near threatened in the wild.

 

 

 

BIRDS OF PREY

They keen vision to detect prey during flight & powerful talons & beaks.

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FLAMINGO

Flamingos are wading birds most notable for their beautiful vibrant colours.

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PASSERINES

There are about 10,000 species of birds in the world and of these half are passerines.

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TURACOS

The turacos, are medium-sized arboreal birds endemic to sub-Saharan Africa.

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CRANES

There are only 15 species of Cranes, in the World, with most being endangered.

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HORNBILLS & TOUCANS

Their large bills make them easy to identify. Which they use for many things.

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PENGUINS

All Penguins are aquatic,flightless birds, fund only in the Southern Hemisphere.

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WATER BIRDS

Water Birds or Aquatic Birds our birds that live on or around water.

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DOVES & PIGEONS

There are roughly 310 species of Pigeons and Doves found throughout the world.

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PARROTS

With over 372 species of Parrots, found in most tropical & subtropical regions.

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PHASIANIDAE

Includes pheasants, partridges, junglefowl, chickens, Old World quail, & peafowl

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