The fierce-looking bald eagle is our national symbol. It is the only eagle unique to North America. The brown body, white head, and white tail of the adult birds make it easy to identify as it soars through the skies on long, broad wings.
Supermodels of the bird world, flamingos are very social and spend much of their day preening and wading on their long, thin legs. But they are far more rugged than they look, able to live at high altitudes, in frozen lakes, or on muddy flats. Caribbean flamingos are also called American flamingos.
The Magellanic penguin does not dwell on the ice like so many of its cousins. Instead, it lives near the ocean in more temperate climates with grass, shrubs, and even forests. This medium-sized penguin was named after explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who spotted the birds in 1520 as he rounded the tip of South America.
Able to survive in colder climates than most parrots, flocks of these colorful escaped pets show up in the strangest places—like New York and Chicago! Also called Quakers, these birds are mostly green with a patch of gray on their breast and blue tails and wingtips.