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The Fulvous Whistling Duck was photographed at the San Antonio, Texas Zoo

The Fulvous Whistling Duck was photographed at the San Antonio, Texas Zoo

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The Fulvous Whistling Duck is tan with a dark bill and legs, a dark back, a pale side stripe, and a white rump. It is a tawny goose-like duck that is found grazing in open fields or tipping up in shallow ponds. It has a range from Southern United States (Texas to Florida coasts) to Central America. It has a habitat in marshes, mostly coastal. It feeds on mostly seeds and aquatic plants.

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The Black Swan is an exotic bird in the United States that is native to Australia. It was photographed in San Antonio, Texas.

The Black Swan is an exotic bird in the United States that is native to Australia. It was photographed in San Antonio, Texas.

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The Black Swan is black feathered with a red bill and gray black legs and feet. It is exotic to North America and is native to Australia. The habitat extends over fresh, brackish, and salt-water lakes, swamps, and rivers. The diet is generally aquatic and marshland plants.

The American White Pelican during breeding was photographed in San Antonio, Texas Zoo.

The American White Pelican during breeding was photographed in San Antonio, Texas Zoo.

The American White Pelican with no breeding plumage without centerboard on the ridge of the bill.

The American White Pelican not in breeding plumage, without centerboard on the ridge of the bill.

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The American White Pelican is a huge white bird with black primaries and a great orange-yellow bill. Adults in breeding plumage have a centerboard on the ridge of the bill. It has a 9 foot wingspan. It has a range in western and central North America. It winters along the west and gulf, and east Florida coats. It has a habitat on lakes, marshes, salt bays, and beaches. It feeds mostly on fish and crayfish by dipping the bill into water and scooping them up.

This Bar-Headed Goose was photographed in the San Antonio, Texas Zoo

This Bar-Headed Goose was photographed in the San Antonio, Texas Zoo

The Bar-Headed Goose is a tan and white goose with black bars on the head and neck, and orange legs and bill. It is an exotic native to Central Asia that is occasionally seen in North America and Zoos. The habitat is lakes, ponds, bays, marshes, and fields. It feeds mostly on plant material and seeds.

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Flamingos are among the most distinctive birds in the world being pink, long-necked, and long-legged.

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The American Greater Flamingo bird is pink, long-necked and long legged. Note the thick sharply bent nose. When the Flamingo is in flight or when they open their wings, black in the wings can be seen. Most Flamingos are in aviaries except maybe those in southern Florida that come from the Bahamas. The Flamingo lives naturally in the West Indies, Yucatan, or the Galapagos Islands.

 

Select this link to see photos or a slideshow of the American Oystercatcher

The American Oystercatcher ranges on the coasts of the world. In the US it is on the Atlantic, Florida and Gulf coasts. It will be found on coastal beaches and tidal flats. The outstanding features are the red flattened bill, pink flesh legs, and black head with dark back. The Oystercatcher uses it’s bill to catch oysters and other shellfish by surprise.

This is America’s common native Swan. It known as a Trumpeter Swan, and is normally in the Northwest.

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This is America’s common native swan. All-white wings and body, and very long neck marks them as Swans. Bill and feet are black. Breeds from Arctic coast on barren ground south to Alaska and Canada. May winter on the Great Lakes and east and west coasts, but rarely to the Gulf coast. Can be found on lakes, large rivers, bays, and flooded fields.

The above Swan was photographed at the Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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