Humboldt Penguin
(Spheniscus humboldti)

The Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) belongs to a genus of penguins known as the 'banded penguins'. There are four species within this genus, Spheniscus, of which all have a very similar pattern of black and white. This contrasting colouration is known as countershading (or Thayer's Law). When viewed from…

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Inca Tern
(Larosterna inca)

The Inca Tern (Larosterna inca) is easily recognisable with its bright bill and facial plume feathers. The individuals here were photographed at Torquay's Coastal Zoo and Aquarium (Living Coasts) in the UK.




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European Blackbird
(Turdus merula)

The European Blackbird (Turdus merula) is a common sight in any garden. Also called the Common Blackbird or Eurasian Blackbird, it is one of the most numerous breeding species in the British Isles, with close to 6 million pairs.


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Andean Flamingo
(Phoenicoparrus andinus)

All six extant flamingo species used to belong to one genus, Phoenicopterus. But in 2014, new research saw 2 new genus created Phoeniconaias and Phoenicoparrus.…

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Black-headed Gull
(Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

The Black-Headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) has recently moved from its previous genus of Larus. Contrary to their name, their head is actually a very dark brown colour!




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Tufted Puffin
(Fratercula cirrhata)

The Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) is unmistakable with it’s long ‘ear tufts’ and it’s comical bill. There are only two other living members in the Fratercula genus. These are the Horned Puffin (Fratercula corniculata) and the Atlantic…

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Brown-necked Parrot
(Poicephalus fuscicollis fuscicollis)

The Brown-necked Parrot (Poicephalus fuscicollis fuscicollis) is the nominate subspecies of Poicephalus fuscicollis, also known as the Brown-necked Parrot. The other subspecies is the Grey-headed Parrot (Poicephalus fuscicollis suahelicus). There was once a third subspecies…

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