The National Geographic birds are an incredible collection of wildlife photographs. Feeding, hunting, resting, in flight and tending to their young are all captured by clever and skillful – and very patient – photographers. These National Geographic birds will get your feathers a-ruffling.
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1 Wise Owl
Owls are among the most majestic in the realms of National Geographic birds.
2 Albino Peacock
I know that an albino can crop up in any species but I didn't realize there were so many albino peacocks. It's as stunning as its multi-colored cousin.
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3 Diving Kingfisher
Via Blue Pueblo
A stunning action shot of a blaze of blue as it dives after a fish.
4 Prey in Its Sights
Wildlife photographers must be incredibly patient people.
5 Weaver Bird
The Weaver is one of the supreme architects of the bird world.
The stunning egret is a wetlands bird. That emerald flash on its beak is an incredible color.
7 Mother Great Gray Owl and Babies
Some baby birds are darned ugly but they grow into such beauties.
The birds with balance. They spend ages standing on one leg.
9 Funky Chicken
Chickens have great characters.
10 Wine-throated Hummingbird
Via Bird Love
The hummingbirds are the smallest species of bird. Some of them are no bigger than your thumb.
11 Scottish Seagulls
We've had seagulls around us recently, which is quite strange. It's not very usual, especially as I live about 90 miles from the sea.
12 European Starling
The Estonians believe this bird's call is the harbinger of spring.
13 Steller's Jay
Via Natures Doorways
Yosemite Park is a majestic setting for a majestic bird.
14 Night Heron
Birds are so graceful in flight yet so clumsy when coming in to land.
15 Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise
The Birds-of-paradise are known for their highly colored plumage and elaborate courtship rituals and choreography.
(See more here: 9 Stunning Birds of Paradise.)
16 Preening Parakeet
I originally stated that these were National Geographic birds in the wild. This is in fact a shot of a parakeet in Atlanta Zoo but the plumage is so amazing, I just had to include it.
17 Rufous Tailed Hummingbird
Hummingbirds maintain their hover at flowers to drink the nectar by flapping their wings many times a minute.
18 Tricolored Heron
What a regal creature.
19 Resplendent Quetzal
This little fellow lights up the rainforests of Costa Rica.
20 Great Egret
Am loving the reflection in the lagoon (Taken in the Pantanal Wetlands in Brazil - the World’s largest wetland area.)
21 Colorful Macaws
The macaws have made their nest in a steep riverbank in the rainforests of Peru.
22 Scaly-breasted Munia
Not a very resplendent sounding name for a striking looking bird.
23 Baby Penguin
The inspiration for "Happy Feet."
24 Ostrich Chick
Via Ostrich Chick
Unlike the ugly ducklings of the bird world, ostrich chicks are cute. Not so much when they grow into adults.
25 Salmon-crested Cockatoo
The Australian cockatoos come in a range of colors, although snow white is the most common.
26 Foja Parotia
Via Birds - All
The Western Parotia is one of the less-colorful birds-of-paradise but has one of the most elaborately choreographed courtship routines.
27 European Bee-eater
Such grace and beauty.
28 Proud Puffin
Puffing out his chest as he surveys his domain.
29 Formosan Blue Magpie
Via Museum of Birds
This blue beauty is the national bird of Taiwan.
30 Bald Eagle in Flight
He's caught himself a magnificent feast.
31 Asian Crested Ibis
This lovely looking bird is currently on the endangered list.
The National Geographic birds introduce us to a wonderful world of beauty and color. Do you have a favorite bird?
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