Disney World Birds

     This week my family and I visited Disney World in Orlando Florida and went to three parks: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Universal Studios.  I was very suprised at the amount of wild and captive birds I saw at all three parks. As far as wild birds go, Magic Kingdom was full of Great Egrets, White Ibises, Common Grackles, Mallards and Mourning Doves that let you get really close to them as they were used to humans. Universal Studios had some cool birds like the Double-crested Cormorant, Pied-billed Grebe, and Common Grakle. However the biggest amount of wild birds were found at Animal Kingdom. Hundreds of Common Grackle, White Ibis, and Black Vultures could be found among the fewer in number Mallards, Little Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons, and Northern Pintails (which are a lifer for me).
  Also, Animal Kingdom had two walks full of animals on exhibit: the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Asia, and the Pagani Forest Exploration Trail in Africa. These treks not only had birds on exhibit but also had their own individual aviaries with dozens of foreign species of birds from their respective continents that I would never have thought to see before and may never see again!!! Captive birds that I saw in the Animal Kingdom included Roseate Spoonbill, Lesser Flamingo, Greater Flamingo, African Spoonbill, Golden-crested Crane, Brown-necked Parrot, Pygmy Goose, Green Wood Hoopoe, Taveta Golden Weaver, Emerald Spotted Dove, Hammerkop, Black Crake, Great Blue Turaco, African Jacana, Amethyst Starling, Raquet-tailed Roller, White-headed Buffalo Weaver, Hottentot Teal, African Green Pigeon, Olive Pigeon, Yellow-billed Stork, Saddle-billed Stork, Common Ostrich, Bar-headed Goose, Sarus Crane, Mandarin Duck, Black-collared Starling, Crested Wood Partridge, Pied Imperial Pigeon, Masked Plover, and Fairy Bluebird. Birds that were there but I did not see included Golden-breasted Starling, Bearded Barbet, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Tambourine Dove, Blue-bellied Roller, Purple Glossy Starling,  Superb Starling, Snowy-headed Robin Chat, Palm Cockatoo, Chestnut-breasted Malcoha, Stella’s Lorikeet, Fire-tufted Barbet, Golden Pheasant, Plum-headed Parakeet, Hooded Pitta, Indian Pygmy Goose, Green-winged Dove, Jambu Fruit Dove, White-Headed Duck, Barlett’s Bleading Heart Dove, White-throated Kingfisher, and Nicobar Pigeon. There was also a bird show called Flights of Wonder in which trained birds flew over your head. This show included the Eagle Owl, Abyssinian Ground-hornbill, Andean Condor, Harris’ Hawk, Bald Eagle, White-necked Raven, Blue-and-gold Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Prairie Chicken and others. That is quite a magical place and I would highly recommend going to all of the parks to see these birds and have a blast!

Northern Pintail
White Ibis