Identifying Tropical Birds

Identifying Tropical Birds
Tropical birds hail from the rain forests and tropical areas of Central America, Asia and South America. Bird lovers prize these birds for their colorful plumage and their sometimes extraordinary sizes. Identifying tropical birds is a fun hobby that oftentimes leads to hobbyists becoming breeders and also conservationists. Read on and learn about some of the most beautiful, delightful and also little known tropical birds that you might find at a dedicated breeder's aviary today. Remember to always check with local state law and general federal law before purchasing a tropical bird and importing it into the United States; in some jurisdictions there are prohibitions against owning certain species.


The Hoatzin, also called the stink bird by breeders because of its odiferous droppings, is a pheasantlike bird that measures about 25 inches in length and has a disproportionately small head for its elongated neck and plump body. These birds are very loud, making them a poor choice for owners or breeders in heavily populated cities.



Tityra birds are rather small but avid flying insect catchers. Native to South America's tropics, they lack the plentiful colorings of other tropical birds. You can identify these tropical birds by their black and grey markings. Tityra birds do not have loud calls but communicate with a kind of drone. These birds do best housed in a spacious aviary. A dependable pocket scope--such as the Brunton Echo--can help you locate these fast birds.

Shining Honeycreeper

Keep your ears open for the trilling cry of the shining honeycreeper. These birds live high up in the trees and could be easy to miss--they are only about 4 inches long--if not for their bright blue coloring and bright yellow legs. If you decide to keep this tropical bird, make sure that you have a tall aviary and plenty of room; honeycreepers are very social birds and live in groups.


Watch bee-eaters at play or while catching insects in flight. Their staple diet consists of bees, wasps, and related insects. The bee-eaters are among the easiest tropical birds to spot, in part because of their plentiful display of various colors. black beak and eye mask, and long tail feathers.


Article Written By Sylvia Cochran

Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.

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