They may not be as colorful as the turacos, lovable as the talking-parrots or as agile as the fierce raptors — but these birds are indeed fascinating! Read on and learn more about them.
This is the penultimate post to a 25-part on the highly-commendable and widely read the ‘Alphabet Animal’ series. Presenting – the fascinating birds that starts with the letter V. Read on and learn more interesting facts about them.
The waxwing (Bombycillidae) are any of three species of passerine birds found in North America and in eastern Asia. The Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) and Cedar Waxwing (B. cedrorum) are the two north American species and the third species is the Japanese Waxwing (B. japonica). All three species have mainly soft silky brown plumage characterized by unique red tips in some parts of the wing feathers. These fascinating birds prefer woodlands and open areas. The eyes are marked with black line. The bill, throat, short legs and feet are dark. Waxwings have pointed crest and square-ended tail with a red or yellow tip. These are arboreal birds known for their high-pitched calls feed mainly on berries and occasionally eat insects
Wattlebirds (Anthochaera) or warty-faced honey-eater, are any of three birds of the Honeyeater, endemic to native to Australia. The species characterized by their brightly colored wattles include the Yellow Wattlebird, the Red Wattlebird, the Little Wattlebird, and the Western Wattlebird. The large wattles (about half an inch long) hang down below each ear. The species may come with brown, gray or white plumage.
The Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) is a fairly large wader with distinctive long down-curved bills. A migratory species distributed worldwide, these waders breed across much of North America, Africa, Europe and Asia. On average, adult wattlebirds measure 37–47 cm (15–19 in) and weigh about 270–493 g (9.5–17.4 oz). The species is characterized by grayish-brown plumage with white back and rump, striped head with dark crown, a long curved bill and long legs. Whimbrels feeds by probing soft mud for burrowing crabs. It also eat fish, insects, worms, and small aquatic invertebrates.