Wattled Currasow in the National Aviary

This bird is probably the most photographed of her species (Crax globulosa) in the world. She lives in the Wetlands room at the National Aviary, and she has a habit of sidling right up to visitors to see if they have anything good to offer her. Or perhaps she just likes the company. Or—to think more like a bird—perhaps she thinks she needs to keep an eye on us when we encroach on her territory. In the wild, the Wattled Currasow is an endangered species. At the Aviary, though, she lives a pretty soft life.

Victoria Crowned Pigeons at the Aviary

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William and Mary, two Victoria Crowned Pigeons (Goura victoria), rule—at least in their own minds—the Tropical Forest at the National Aviary. William is above; below, two poses from Mary.

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Bald Eagles at the National Aviary

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These two female eagles were injured in the wild and can no longer fly. They must think they died and went to eagle heaven, where food comes to them rather than having to be hunted down with infinite labor. This is a quick cell-phone snapshot, and old Pa Pitt apologizes for the quality.

Burrowing Owl at the National Aviary

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She may be only about the size of a common pigeon, but she thinks you’d better not mess with her. This is a cell-phone snapshot, which accounts for the poor quality of the image. But it’s an impressive little bird.