The World of Birds in 35 Colorful Images

With more than 10,000 identified species, birds make up one of the most diverse animal classes on Earth. To celebrate our fine feathered friends, we’ve compiled a gallery of photos of birds doing what they do best. And don’t you go saying that bird-watching is a nerdy pastime… did you know that James Bond was named after a famous ornithologist? Seriously, look it up.

Ostrich (Struthio camelus)

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)

European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)

Buller’s Albatross (Thalassarche bulleri)

Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius)

Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)

Scarlet-chested Sunbird (Chalcomitra senegalensis)

Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius)

Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus)

Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Indian Peacock (Pavo cristatus)

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

African Jacana (Actophilornis Africana)

Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Gilded Hummingbird (Hylocharis chrysura)

James’s Flamingo (Phoenicopterus jamesi)

Plush-crested Jay (Cyanocorax chrysops)

Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)

Ascension Frigatebird (Fregata aquila)

 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus)

American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii)

East African Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum)

Plum-headed Parakeet (Psittacula cyanocephala)

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja)

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)

Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos)

By Brad Nehring