-Size: 8"L x 1&½"W x 1&½"H
-Species: Apteryx australis
-Notes: Living in the New Zealand forests, the brown kiwi (as well as all kiwis) produces the largest egg, proportional to its size, of any bird. The egg weighs around one pound and practically fills the entire body cavity. The small kiwi is closely related to the ostrich, from Africa, the emu from Australia, the cassowary from New Guinea and the rheas from South America. All are in the same order, Struthioniformes. Unusual for most birds, the kiwis have an unusually good sense of smell, with the nostrils located at the end of its long beak. 1-part skull (jaw glued to cranium).
-Size: 2¼"L x 1"W x 1"H -Species: Cyanocitta cristata -Notes: The blue jay is a large songbird (9-12 inches long) found from Texas to Florida and up through Southern Canada. It is easily identified by its distinctive coloring-various shades of bright blue on its upperparts, grayish white on its underparts,...
-Size: 6"L x 2&¼"W x 2&¼"H -Species: Gymnogyps califonianus -Notes: The California condor is a New World vulture native to North America and historically ranged the entire Pacific coast. The largest flying bird in North America, the condor became extinct in the wild in the late 1980’s due to lead poisoning, habitat destruction...
-Size: 8"L x 1&¾" W x 2"H -Species: Grus canadensis -Notes: Sandhill cranes are common from Alaska through the US and Cuba and Siberia. Both parents care for their young for about 10 months and have elaborate courtship dances. They can live for over 20 years. 1-part skull (jaw glued to cranium).