Class: Aves

This group contains all our photo galleries of animal life, belonging to the Taxonomic Class Aves, the Birds and their relatives. The galleries of photos are sorted by their Taxonomic Genus and Species. Click on the photo to view the gallery contents.

Birds are two legged, warm-blooded, vertebrates which have numerous adaptations that enable the aerial lifestyle that is common to most species. Birds are characterised by feathers which provide insulation and enable flight, a beak with no teeth, and a lightweight but strong skeleton with a furcula, commonly known as the wishbone, located in the bird's chest. The main function of the furcula is to strengthen the thoracic skeleton to assist with flight. Wings are modified forelimbs, and most bird species can fly. Birds lay hard shelled eggs, usually in a nest, that are incubated by the parents. Most juvenile birds have an extended period of parental care after hatching. Around 10,000 living species of birds inhabit ecosystems worldwide in climates from tropical rain forests to the frozen Arctic and Antarctica.
Aix sponsa (Wood Duck)Anas chlorotis (Brown Teal)Anas platyrhynchos (Mallard Duck)Aythya novaeseelandiae  (NZ Scaup)Branta  canadensis (Canada Goose)Cairina moschata (Muscovy Duck)Carduelis carduelis (European Goldfinch)Columba livia (Rock Pigeon)Cygnus atratus (Black Swan)Egretta novaehollandiae (White-faced Heron)Fulica atra (Australian Coot)Gallus gallus (Chicken)Haematopus unicolor (Variable Oystercatcher)Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae (Kereru)Hirundo neoxena (Welcome Swallow)Hydroprogne caspia (Caspian Tern)Larus dominicanus (Southern Black-backed Gull)Larus novaehollandiae scopulinus (Red-billed Gull)Microcarbo melanoleucos brevirostris  (Little Shag)Nestor meridionalis (Kaka)Nestor notabilis (Kea)Ocyphaps lophotes (Crested Pigeon)Passer domesticus (House Sparrow)Phalacrocorax varius (Pied Shag)Porphyrio porphyrio melenotus (Pukeko)Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae (Tui)Rhipidura fuliginosa (NZ Fantail)Sturnus vulgaris (Common Starling)Tadorna variegata (Paradise Shelduck)Todiramphus sanctus (Sacred Kingfisher)Turdus merula (Eurasian Blackbird)Turdus philomelos (Song Thrush)Zosterops lateralis (Silvereye)