We're very lucky to have over 1,000 birds here at the zoo, including some of the most endangered in the world.

They're such a diverse group, but there are also many similarities. They're warm-blooded, have wings, breath through their lungs and lay eggs. They're also the only animals that have feathers. Their hearing and eyesight is particularly good, which helps them hunt food and evade predators.

Most birds fly but some are flightless like the fearsome southern cassowary or the iconic penguin. Birds communicate not only by sounds (nearly half of all known species are songbirds) but also fascinating visual displays.

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