-Size: 3"L x 1&½"W x 1&½"H
-Species: Pandion haliaetus
-Notes: Ospreys are one of the most abundant birds of prey living on all continents except Antarctica. Among the reasons for their success is that they are able to build their large nests practically anywhere, from high trees to buildings and cliffs in mountains, forests, near lakes and rivers. Females tend to be larger than males and have longer wingspans. They have unusually long legs and very sharp curved claws. They also dive for their main diet of fish. Ospreys have a lifespan of about 20 plus years and are mostly monogamous, although some males will breed with more than one female. They are one of the most studied birds, partly due to their abundance and because their nests are easily seen and accessed. 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).