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Mike is a passionate birder and bird photographer. He is an active member of the Audubon Society and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
There are approximately 10,000 bird species in the world. This number varies by a few hundred birds, depending on which classification system you use. The Clements checklist from Cornell University lists about 9,800 bird species whereas Sibley and IOU list over 10,000 species.
The smallest bird on our planet is the Bee Hummingbird, found in Cuba and Isla de la Juventud. It weighs about 0.056 to 0.067 of an ounce and has a length of about 2.0 - 2.4 inches. The largest bird in the world is the flightless Ostrich. They inhabit the plains of Africa and Arabia. The male can reach over 9 feet in height and weigh over 340 lbs.|
Population growth and habitat destruction are major reasons for the decline of some bird population around the world. The beauty and plight of birds have converted many millions of people into bird watchers, protectors and bird photographers. The following page consists of birds as small as the Allen's Hummingbird to as large as an adult American White Pelican. The photographs were taken in North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Click on the Individual Galleries below to view additional images and the links at the bottom of this page to see other Wildlife and Travel galleries on this site.
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