Tuesday, April 8, 2014

World Birds, Smithsonian National Zoo


I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

I am sure it would not take much to guess that the Bird House at the Smithsonian Zoo was one of my favorite sights to see at the zoo.

Somewhere in the world, these birds seen below are considered wild birds and can be seen while out birding.. I see a few are on my list of most want to see. It may take some traveling to see them and some may take winning the lottery to go around the world, HAHA. I am listing these birds below and where they can be seen. 






In the top row first two photos on the left are the White-faced Whistling Duck. This duck can be seen the Caribbean and Central and South America. The third from left top row  is the Southern Masked Weaver seen in Southern Africa. My friend Jo @ Memorable Meanders might have seen this bird. Last photo in the top row is the Red-fan Parrot can be found in the Amazon River region of South America. Now that would be a cool place to go birding..


Second row from the top is the Red-billed Hornbill, I would love to see any species of Hornbills..This one is found in the Sub-Saharan Africa, the next bird is the Guira Cuckoo, this bird can be seen in South America mostly Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and northern Argentina. The next bird is the cool looking Micronesian Kingfisher, it can be found in Palau and Guam. The last bird in the second row is the Crested Oropendola and can be seen in Costa Rica, Panama and South America. I have seen the  my Montezuma Oropendola a very cool bird also seen in Costa Rica



In the third row from the left is the Mountain Bamboo Partridge, this bird can be found in Laos, China, India, Thailand and Vietnam. Second from left is the pretty Blue Crowned Motmot can be found in Mexico and Central America..The third is a lovely colored Asian Fairy Bluebird and can be found in Asia, India and Sri Lanka.  The last bird in the row is the Golden Bellied Grosbeak, this bird can be found in Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Trinidad and Venezuela.

Red-crested Cardinal


From the left is one of my favorites the Red-Crested Cardinal, it can be found in South America and has been introduced to Hawaii..what do you think.... a good reason to go to Kauai? Second from the right is the colorful Scarlet Macaw, seen from Mexico to South America. Many of these beautiful birds are being captured for the parrot trade. The third bird over Blue-gray Tanager here is my Blue-gray Tanager, I have seen this bird in Costa Rica and Panama. The last bird is the Sunbittern, can be seen from Mexico to Peru..The Sunbittern is another on my list of most want to see. I was very happy with the Smithsonian's Zoo's Bird House.


Sunbittern


Maybe you will see a familiar bird or one bird you really want to see.  Do you have a wish list of MOST want to see birds? I have three birds listed above on my want to see list they are the Blue-Crowned Motmot, Scarlet Macaw, Sunbittern and I would love another trip to Hawaii to see the Red-Crested Cardinal..

Thanks for stopping by my post and for all the nice comments.

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55 comments:

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, brilliant post! If we won the lottery, we'd definitely spend most of it traveling to birding spots around the world. The first bird I recognized as I'd photographed it here in Tanzania only this week, was the White Faced Whistling Duck. And yes, we have many Southern Masked Weaver here too. Of course, you know how we love horn-bills and try to photograph them regularly. My favorite to see one day would be the Sunbittern. Those markings are surreal and I'd love to see it in life! Have a great day. Jo

Sue said...

All I can say is WOW--to the Red Crested Cardinal!!
Enjoyed seeing all the variety.

We're finally warming up and yesterday on our walk , we had over 150 geese fly over. They were low enough to hear that marvelous "whoosh whoosh" of their wings. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Spring--at last!

✿ chica said...

Quantos pássaros lindos, coloridos, encantadores! Adoro! beijos,chica

R. Mac Wheeler said...

I should go by my lotto ticket.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen;
What a precious post for me. I can print the picture of this post and put the name on them♡♡♡
I really appreciate blog friends that gave me fun "bird watching" through posts♡♡♡

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Such incredibly pictures. It's like looking at a rainbow isn't it?? All the amazing and beautiful colors of the different species. Wow.

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!I can tell,that you had a great time, visiting the zoo!!Wow!!A white fased Whistling Duck,so preety bird as well is the Red-crested Cardinal!!Great shots indeed!!!Wish you a lovely week!!Hugs!!
Dimi...

TexWisGirl said...

picked out the white-faced whistler right away as i've seen it on blogs before. :) also have seen the crested cardinal on a hawaiian blog. so pretty!

a great group of exotics you got to see all in one place!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Wow! What a fabulous collection Eileen. Thanks for sharing with us.

Linda W. said...

Wow, fantastic photos of all these birds! Wouldn't it be great to have unlimited $$ and do all the traveling you want? That's my dream too.

Montanagirl said...

Hi Eileen - Wonderful post and birds! I'll only see these in pictures I think! LOL

Łucja-Maria said...

Hi Eileen,
I'm very happy that thanks to you I can enjoy the unusual birds.
It's hard to believe that mother nature gave us such great specimens.
I send greetings from Spring, distant Polish.
Lucia

Karen said...

A terrific post! Great photos!Loved seeing all the exotic birds.
I think if I had to pick one bird that is a must see for me, it would be the Lilac-breasted Roller from Africa. Guess I better start buying lottery tickets!

Mama Zen said...

These are gorgeous! What an awesome place to visit.

Gail Dixon said...

Oh my gosh! That red crested cardinal is a beauty!! I have never seen anything like that. Fantastic photo!!!

Chris Rohrer said...

Really nice account Eileen of the birds. I have seen two or three of these birds out in the wild. I would love to find all of them. Now where can I get the money? Hmmmm:) Lots of birds to study! I do the same thing at the zoos. It's a good study session.

Elaine said...

Wow! Wonderful collection of birds. I think that cardinal is my favorite too.

Beth @ "E. Lizard Breath Speaks" said...

gorgeous birdies. i love the red chested bird. all the colors... just beautiful. ( :

Our photos said...

Very very nice birds

Brian King said...

Wow, I can see why it was your favorite place! That's a lot of birds. The Red-crested Cardinal is awesome!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Wow! What a large range of interesting birds!

Andrea Priebe said...

What a treat to see all of these birds up close and personal ... you must have been beside yourself. I have seen some of them in pictures before, but can honestly say, I have never seen any of them in real life. Lucky you ... I may have to go to the Smithsonian one day ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

DeniseinVA said...

What a super collection of birds Eileen. You must have had a great time taking all these photos. Lovely!

Leora said...

This reminds me of all the birds from all over that we saw at the Philadelphia Zoo.

My favorite of yours is one that is bright blue. You seem to label it: Asian Fairy Bluebird

NatureFootstep said...

nice collection. :) You can see the red-crested cardinal in Honolulu. I did. It was all over the place.

Bob Bushell said...

What list of birds, but it is the Sunbittern, lovely.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful post -- I'd be happy to go to that zoo even. (But I'd take the trip around the world too if I won that lottery -- which I would have to enter first I guess!). Beautiful pictures.

Happyone said...

Wow and Wow!! What a great series of bird photos.

Debbie said...

WoW eileen, what an amazing collection of images you have shared, they are just extraordinary!!

i am a lover of birds but don't have near the resume that you have. i don't know that i am longing to see a bird, until i have seen it!! i guess one bird i would love to get a close up view of is a bald eagle. i have seen them, but only from a distance!!

a great post eileen, i do hope i have time to go to the zoo in d.c.!! the red crested cardinal is my favorite!!

Linda said...

Oh, they are remarkable! Thanks for sharing these.

Stephanie said...

The red Crested Cardinal is beautiful. Love all the variety of birds you capture with your camera.

Indrani said...

You have such variety in your collection. Wonderful collage.

Irene said...

WOW! This is a brilliant post, so many beautiful birds! You've got an impressive collection :)

Irene

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Eileen. What an utterly splendid post so many bird you saw and photographed. Fantastic.

Stewart M said...

Thats a great collection!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

EG CameraGirl said...

There are lots of birds I want to see, Eileen! Maybe someday. ;)

islandwonder said...

The Micronesian Kingfisher is a very cool looking bird. The red Crested Cardinal is very handsome.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

You have such marvellous photos!

Esther Joy said...

That red-crested cardinal caught my attention! Maybe my granddaughter will have a chance to see one when she goes to South America on a mission trip this summer!

Rambling Woods said...

Wow Eileen...what a collection. It is a lot of fun to see birds from other parts of the world..I hope you get to add those wants to your very long life list...Michelle

Crafty Green Poet said...

what an amazing selection of birds!

Kathie Brown said...

Eileen, that is quite a collection and quite a wish list! I hope one day you get to see them all in the Wild!

Pat said...

What a wonderful, colorful collection! That Red-crested Cardinal is such a beauty.

Carletta said...

Next time I visit my son I need to go by the zoo. :)
These are wonderful collages of what you saw. The cardinal is stunning.

Zizi Santos said...

Todos maravilhosos!
Conheço a arara, e recentemente vi no zoológico do Rio de Janeiro.
linda, !
Zizi

Mary Cromer said...

That Cardinal is sure outstanding to see, I am thinking that I have never seen one of those before, even on my visits to the zoo there~

Phil Slade said...

Some fabulous birds on your wish list Eileen. I think you'd better set off now on your around the world trip to see all those!!

And how I'd love to see a Sun Bittern if only ina collection like that.

Enjoy the rest of your week until Friday pm.

Naquillity said...

so many beautiful birds. what a wonderful trip you've had. hope you can see all the birds on your wish list. have a great day~

Noushka said...

WOW!
I indeed, to see all these birds in the wild would take up lots of time and money to travel around!
The one I know well for having had 2 breeding pairs is what you call the Red-fan Parrot, that we use to call the Hawk-headed parrot. They were from Surinam. Also the Green wing macaw was a familiar too.
Every time I see parrot pics, my heart goes!
Cheers Eileen!

Carver said...

Wow, these are all great captures of the birds. Such a wonderful variety.

pattisjarrett said...

This is somewhere we need to go.

LadyD Piano said...

Wonderful collage of birds from around the world. I would love to go back to Maui and see some beautiful birds. The colors and textures are breath taking. Great post!

Maria said...

Amazing, you must have loved this!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

That is a spectacular collection of images. Most appear in quite natural-looking surroundings.

Helma said...

Ohhhh ..... what are nevertheless a beautiful colored birds in the world. In a little more than others but all so beautiful. I can never see them all yourself and why it is so good to be on a blog of another to see these birds :-)

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