-Size: 5"L x 2&½"W x 4"H
-Species: Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus
-Notes: The largest parrot, hyacinth macaws are striking birds with long, pointed tail feathers and a huge, hooked black beak. The upper beak seems impossibly large, deeply curved and sharply pointed. The oversized bill allows it to be one of the few creatures with the ability to crack the highly nutritious but notoriously hard palm nuts that make up a large part of its diet. The beak is also used to remodel natural tree cavities in hollow trees or to excavate tunnels in cliff faces, both of which sites are used for nesting and rearing their young. Their feet are also adapted to be highly manipulative and allow them more dexterity than most birds. These parrots often perch on one leg while using the other leg and their beak to manipulate food and other objects with precision. Hyacinth macaws are the only birds seen to groom one another. They are found in parts of Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia. 2-part skull (separate cranium & jaw).
-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).