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.
My goodness! I’m always amazed at how much variety God provides. And to think Adam got to name them all!
I’ve never gotten into the scientific name of species … always felt blessed just to know and remember the common name … but it would’ve been nice to start out that way.
I checked out the Cracidae link. Also didn’t realize there were so many guans! They were fun to watch, but became so common, I stopped snapping photos. Such huge birds do bring quite the admiration to one’s heart over them!
I think the female is much more colorful than the male Great Curassow. When Adam named them, most likely there were less species in each kind.
How exciting to see the Curassow! You know how much I love Costa Rica and the critters that I enjoyed so much for the months I was there. The Great Curassow is the one that I got to know and on my 2nd trip I returned from lunch one day to my cabin to find a pair of them doing mating rituals in front of the cabin. Got tons of pictures (deleted 75%) and videos too. It was VERY VERY cool for sure.
I love getting to see another variety. Didn’t even know there was another one. You provide so much information and knowledge, it’s just amazing!
You can view the photos of the Great Currasows during that time in front of the cabin at this link. You’ll need to click the arrows to continue through the show of them. It was a highlight moment of my life for sure!
Here’s the 2 videos link if you’d like to see that – they are the first two videos on the page:
You’ll gag at the female’s (brown one) head bobbing routine! You can hear the Montezuma Oropendulas in the background. I loved those birds also but not as easy to watch up in the canopy.
Thank you for the delight of knowing they have cousins. :-)
What was so neat about the Curassow was that I was talking to the staff member and when I turned around, I was face to beak with it. Talk about “in your face!” I had to back up to get the picture. Actually there are 14 different Curassows. There is the Nocturnal, Crestless, Salvin’s, Razor-billed, Alagoas, Helmeted, Horned, Great, Blue-billed, Yellow-knobbed, Black
Wattled, Bare-faced and the Red-billed. See the Cracidae Family. They are at the very bottom.