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Anhinga

If you saw something like this waving around above the water you might think at first that it was a snake. But a snake doesn't have a beak and it doesn't stand upright in the water. There's a big bird under that water. It may be trying to hide from you, or it may just want to cool off.

All About Owls

You'll never mistake an owl for another kind of bird! They are the only birds with flat faces and both eyes in front.  Unlike other birds, they can watch an object with both eyes at the same time, but they cannot look sideways without turning their heads.

The Kiwi

Pronounced "kee-wee." Sometimes called "apteryx."   If we had an election for the strangest looking bird in all the world, the kiwi would be a good candidate. It has stringy feathers, no tail, and just little knobs where its wings should be.

Bird Extremes

The biggest bird: The largest bird is the ostrich, common to South Africa. It can grow up to 9 feet (2.7 m) tall. The ostrich also lays the largest birds' eggs which are up to 4.5 x 7 inches (11 x 18 cm) across and their eggs weigh 3 pounds (1400 g).

The Ostrich

The ostrich is the giant of the bird world. A large one may weigh three hundred pounds and stand eight feet tall, but almost half of the height is neck.