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A roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. .

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Damaraland mole rats (Fukomys damarensis) at the Houston Zoo. These burrowing rodents from sub-Saharan Africa are one of only two known eusocial mammals.

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A mouse opossum (Thylamys elegans) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.

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Bilby (Macrotis lagotis), a vulnerable Australian mammal.

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Bilby (Macrotis lagotis), a vulnerable Australian mammal.

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A silver pheasant hen (Lophura nycthemera) at the Houston Zoo.

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Black-headed Parrot (Pionites melanocephalus) at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita.

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Black-headed Parrot (Pionites melanocephalus) at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita.

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A red-billed leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea) at the Houston Zoo. This individual is very vocal and inquisitive.

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A male and female tambourine dove (Turtur tympanistria) at the Houston Zoo. This pair is particularly nervous and have to be approached in a sensitive manner.

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Wonga pigeon (Leucosarcia melanoleuca ) at the Houston Zoo. This male likes to sit in the smallest nest (intended for finches) in the enclosure even when there are no eggs.

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A crested quail-dove (Geotrygon versicolor) at the Houston Zoo.

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A blue-winged kookaburra (Dacelo leachii) at the Houston Zoo. This bird does not appreciate keepers in his enclosure and attacks by flying at their head. He enjoys only the company of his mate and makes threat displays at everyone passing by.

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An African collared or barbary dove (Streptopelia roseogrisea) at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas.

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A critically endangered, female blue-knobbed curassow (Crax alberti) at the Houston Zoo.

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A critically endangered, female blue-knobbed curassow (Crax alberti) at the Houston Zoo.

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A male blue-knobbed curassow (Crax alberti) at the Houston Zoo. In the wild, this critically-endangered species is found only in Colombia but this individual was hatched in captivity and is quite tame. He likes to offer treats in his bill to his keepers and makes a squeaking vocalization until the keeper takes the ‘gift’.

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A male blue-knobbed curassow (Crax alberti) at the Houston Zoo. In the wild, this critically-endangered species is found only in Colombia but this individual was hatched in captivity and is quite tame. He likes to offer treats in his bill to his keepers and makes a squeaking vocalization until the keeper takes the ‘gift’.

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Yellow-knobbed curassow (Crax daubentoni) at the Houston Zoo. This bird is over 20 years old and has fathered many offspring. The whistle of this species sounds like a bomb dropping in a cartoon.

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Golden-fronted leafbird (Chloropsis aurifrons) at the Houston Zoo.

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A male and female Madagascar button quail (Turnix nigricollis) at the Houston Zoo. This hen has laid many eggs but is not a big fan of her mate, although her mate is a big fan of hers.

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An African pygmy falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus) at the Houston Zoo.

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A great hornbill (Buceros bicornis) at the Houston Zoo.

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A pair of lesser whistling ducks (Dendrocygna javanica) at the Columbus Zoo.

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A violet-backed starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster) at the Houston Zoo. Though bright purple in sunlight, this bird is extremely difficult to see in the shade of the forest.

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An Egyptian Plover (Pluvianus aegyptius) at the Tulsa Zoo.

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Various finches including two blue-headed cordon-bleus (Uraeginthus cyanocephala), a lavender waxbill (Estrilda caerulescens), a red-headed Finch (Amadina erythrocephala) and a red-billed firefinch (Lagonosticta senegala) at the Tulsa Zoo.

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Various finches including a blue-headed cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus cyanocephala), a lavender waxbill (Estrilda caerulescens), a red-headed Finch (Amadina erythrocephala) and a white-rumped parson finch (Poephila cincta cincta) at the Tulsa Zoo.

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A male summer tanager (Piranga rubra) at the Tulsa Zoo.

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A male summer tanager (Piranga rubra) at the Tulsa Zoo.

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A male summer tanager (Piranga rubra) at the Tulsa Zoo.

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A North American ruddy duck (Oxyura jamaicensis jamaicensis) at the Columbus Zoo.

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A North American ruddy duck (Oxyura jamaicensis jamaicensis) at the Columbus Zoo.

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A speckled pigeon (Columba guinea) at the Columbus Zoo.

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A racquet-tailed roller (Coracias spatulatus) at the Columbus Zoo.

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A black crake (Zapornia flavirostra) at the Columbus Zoo.

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