Birds of the Bible – at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA seems like a logical topic if you have been reading the blog lately. As you may be aware, Dan and I, visited the Aviary a few weeks ago. What a fantastic place to see birds from all around the world. With over 800 birds, there had to be some of the birds mentioned in the Bible.
The Bible says that all birds were created by the Lord, so technically, they all qualify. For this blog, I will confine it to named types of birds. Birds mentioned below are in the same family of the named bird, at least according to the IOC list of Families and Orders.
I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine. (Psalms 50:11 ESV)
And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray, And the vulture, and the kite after his kind; Every raven after his kind; And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind, And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl, And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle, And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, … (Leviticus 11:13-19 KJV)
- Bitterns (Sunbittern)
- Chicken, Hens, and Roosters (Silkie Chicken)
- Cormorant (Double-crested Cormorant)
- Cuckoo (Guira Cuckoo)
- Doves and Pigeons (Bartlett Bleeding Heart Dove, Black-naped Fruit Dove, Blue Ground Dove, Crested Quail Dove, Inca Dove, Wompoo Fruit Dove)
- Pigeons (Blue-crowned Pigeon, Green-naped Pheasant Pigeon, Nicobar Pigeon, Pied Imperial Pigeon (Nutmeg Imperial Pigeon), Scaly-naped Pigeon, Victoria Crowned Pigeon)
- Eagles (Bald Eagle and Steller’s Sea Eagle)
- Falcons (African Pygmy Falcon, American Kestrel)
- Glede and Kites (Black Kite)
- Hawks (Harris Hawk)
- Herons (Boat-billed Heron)
- Hoopoe (Green Wood Hoopoe)
- Lapwing (White-headed Wattled Lapwing)
- Nighthawks and Nightjars (Common Nighthawk)
- Ossifrage (Possibly Lammer-geier)
- Owls (Spectacled Owl, Eastern Screech Owl)
- Little Owl (Pearl-spotted Owlet,
- Great Owl (Eurasian Eagle Owl-not seen)
- Partridge (Chukar Partridge (Chukar), Crested Wood Partridge)
- Peacocks (Great Argus-not seen, see Partridge above)
- Pelicans (Brown Pelican)
- Ravens (American Crow, Blue Jay, Black-throated Magpie Jay,
- Sparrows (Sudan Golden Sparrow)
- Vulture (Hooded Vulture-Didn’t See – Andean Condor-Yes)
Their birds change from time to time and what is seen will change. We saw many more birds, but these are only the Birds mentioned by name in Scripture.
More photos will be added to the slide show as we get more IDs and convert Dan’s to JPG format.