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Kansas City Zoo
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African Crowned Crane
The African Crowned Crane is a beautiful bird famous for its golden crown of feathers.
African Fish Eagle
Known as the voice of Africa these majestic fish eagles resemble the American Bald Eagle superficially. You can find Chaka our African Fish eagle in the WOW Wings of Wonder bird show.
African Ground Hornbill
The African ground hornbill is a large, black, flighted yet ground dwelling species native to the plains regions of the African continent. Traveling in large family groups these prehistoric looking birds scour the ground in search of large insects, reptiles and small rodents to feed upon. You can find our ground hornbills in Africa near the lagoon.
The Australian black swan is a striking, jet black water bird with a red bill and one of the heaviest flying birds in Australia. You can find our black swans in the Australian Aviary.
The Chilean Flamingo is native to the high mountain lakes of South America. These pink birds gain their pigment through the small algae and shrimp they feed on. You can find our flamingoes near the elephants.
One of the most remarkably sexually dimorphic (genders look different) parrot species, males are green and blue while females are red and blue. You can find our eclectus parrots in the Australian aviary.
The third largest and the fastest swimming of the penguin species the Gentoo penguin inhabits the rocky outlying islands of Antarctica. These penguins are distinguished by the white stripe above their eyes. You can find our Gentoo penguins in Helzberg Penguin Plaza.
The warm weather loving Humboldt penguin is native to the desert coast of Chile and Peru. These birds have special heat dispersing skin patches near their beaks that allow them to live in such a warm environment. You can find our Humboldt penguins in their indoor/outdoor exhibit at Helzberg Penguin Plaza.
The second largest species of penguin, the King is native to the outlying islands which surround Antarctica. These three foot tall birds with their striking golden chest plumage are truly magnificent. You can find our flock of kings in Helzberg Penguin Plaza.
The laughing kookaburra is has an instantly recognizable call. Native to the gum forests of Australia, they are the largest of the kingfisher family and feast on a wide variety of insects, reptiles and small mammals. You can find our kookaburra in the Outback sheep station.
The magnificent Lappet-Faced Vulture is the largest species of vulture in Africa and one of the heaviest flying birds in the world. Capable of hours of sustained flight with barely a flap these scavengers are known for their ability to locate a carcass from miles away. You can find ours in the aviaries in Africa near the lions.
The Kansas City Zoo is home to several species of macaws. These large, colorful parrots native to South and Central America are a widely varied species. Their beautiful colors have resulted in intensive pressure on wild populations for the pet trade and several species are now listed as critically endangered. You can find our macaws in the Discovery Barn and in the WOW Wings of Wonder bird show.
The blue-necked ostrich is the tallest and heaviest bird in the world; it’s also the fastest in a footrace. These enormous flightless birds are among the most recognizable members of the bird family. You can find our ostrich on the plains in Africa.
The Indian peacock is the showiest member of the pheasant family, known for its trailing tail feathers marked with dazzling eye shapes. These large flighted birds are native to Asia and can be found in the aviaries on Tiger Trail on Beaks and Feet Boulevard.
The resplendent rainbow lorikeet is one of the most beautiful birds in the world. Native to Australia, the Moluccas, and throughout Indonesia. These birds are true parrots but feed mostly on a diet of nectar and pollen. You can find, and feed our rainbow lorikeets in the Lorikeet Encounters aviary near Helzberg Penguin Plaza.
The prehistoric appearance of the rhinoceros hornbill is a true wonder of nature, the large casque (the ornamentation on the bill) is made of keratin, the same material as hair and fingernails. In their native Indonesia hornbills are hunted for their casques and feathers. You can find our rhinoceros hornbills in the aviary on Tiger Trail.
Native to tropical Africa and found mainly in open country near sources of water such as rivers and lakes these large beautiful storks have unique “saddles” on their bills. You can find them on the boardwalk in Africa just after the warthogs.
Found in central Africa these large birds with their large, but lightweight, bills are mainly fruit and insect eaters. You can find our silvery-cheeked hornbills in our African aviary.
They may have a strange appearance but these Australian natives are known as the “farmer’s friend” for their healthy appetite for grasshoppers and other crop pests. You can find our straw necked ibis in the Australian Aviary.
If you are patient and look carefully you could spot the tawny frogmouth in the Australian Aviary. These nocturnal birds, related to the nightjars, are fantastically camouflaged in their woodland home.