No matter where you happen to live on this planet, there are some bird species that we all recognise. While we might not not the scientific names or even the exact species, their colors, shapes and behaviours are almost always familiar. Here’s a selection of beautiful photos of some of the worlds most iconic bird species… take a look and see how many you know.

Wandering Albatross Wandering Albatross showing off it’s massive wings. They have longest wingspan of any bird and can measure up to 4 metres in span. They rarely flap in flight, instead gliding on the air current created by the wild ocean seas. Photo © Matt Brading

Northern Birds Magpie goose lands among sedges on a Top End wetland and floodplain Photo © David C Hancock

Bird Young Emus in Synchronisation No, it’s not a clone. This pair of young emus after taking fright (as emus are want to do) matched each other stride for stride.

This image works well to show the shape of an emu foot and the strong middle toe. The bend in the road is just visible and represents the goal of getting around the corner and out of sight. Monochrome treatment simplifies the image and strengthens the main elements of synchronisation and the road. Photo © Neil Walker

Bird Brown Thornbill New South Wales Coast This image shows the subtle gradations of colour and detail that is often overlooked,

The background is nicely blurred and the branches provide some context. Photo © Neil Walker

Gannet and chick-New Zealand-Birds and Animal species Some work I have done the last few years,all shots are in the wild. Photo © Barry Treleaven

Birds The great grey owl or great gray owl (Strix nebulosa) is a very large owl, documented as the world’s largest species of owl by length. It is distributed across the Northern Hemisphere. In some areas it is also called Phantom of the North, cinereous owl, spectral owl, Lapland owl, spruce owl, bearded owl, and sooty owl. Adults have a large rounded head with a grey face and yellow eyes with darker circles around them. The underparts are light with dark streaks; the upper parts are grey wit Photo © Ian Watts

Northern Birds A newly hatched bustard breaks its way out of an egg at Feathers Sanctuary, Darwin Photo © David C Hancock

Northern Birds red tailed black cockatoo flying over outback bushland at sunset Photo © David C Hancock

The Green Peafowl ‘Pavo muticus’ The Green Peafowl ‘Pavo muticus’ is a large bird found in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. The more familiar ‘Blue” Indian Peafowl is said to have diverged from the Green Peafowl around 70,000 years ago. Photo © Greg C Grace

Kestrel Bird The name kestrel is given to several different members of the falcon genus, Falco. Kestrels are most easily distinguished by their typical hunting behaviour which is to hover over open country and swoop down on prey, usually small mammals, lizards or large insects. This image has had an “Electric” process applied. Photo © Robert Baillie

American Goldfinch 2787 ( Carduelis tristis ) The American Goldfinch a year round resident of most of the United States but only winters in the lower states. Photo © Mike Trewet

Hungry hatchling Impatient hungry hatchling of Black hooded Oriole waiting for their mother to feed them Photo © Ahmed Keizer

Two pelicans on a post Two Australian white pelicans sitting on a post with their bills open Photo © Sheila Smart

Laughing Kookaburra, ‘Dacelo novaeguineae’ Dacelo novaeguineae is one of the four known species of kookaburras or Halcyonidae family from Australia and New Guinea. Commonly known as the laughing kookaburra, its call is a deep echoing or cackling, like human laughter. Kookaburras are of the Coraciiformes Order of terrestrial kingfishers. Photo © Greg C Grace

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo – Cacatua galerita A Sulphur-crested Cockatoo with the crest on display. Photo © Paul Ross

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus ) Colourful lorikeet, common to most outer coastal areas of Australia. Also kept as caged pets. Photo © Paul Ross

Black-necked Stork – Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus A male Black necked Stork(dark eye) readies for flight. Photo © Paul Ross

Tawny Frogmouth – Podargus strigoides Tawny Frogmouth – nocturnal, perches in a tree upright and motionless during the day resembling a broken tree branch. Photo © Paul Ross

King Pengiuin King penguin abstract capturing the vibrant colours of the plumage on the head and neck. Photo © Matt Brading

Nicobar pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica) Nicobar pigeon at Birds of Eden aviary, South Africa Photo © Adam Brooker

Marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) Marabou stork portrait at Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya Photo © Adam Brooker

Stiletto bill Close view of Brolga emphasising its long probing bill
Photo © Howard Birnstihl

Bluejay Feeding at a Bird Feeder North American Bluejay(Cyanocitta cristata) feeding at a backyard bird feeder. Photo © Cami Lind

Wedgetail eagle Wedgetail eagle Photo © Greg C Grace

Weaver bird on its nest close up This photograph of the weaver bird was captured in the evening, perched on its nest in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo © Kamlesh Pillai

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