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1. This mostly-white owl is sometimes called the 'monkey-faced owl'. Farmers put up nest boxes for it because it can consume many rodents each night.
2. This rare bird, found only in some remote areas along the Mexican border, is the only remaining member of the parrot family native to the United States.
3. This ground-dwelling desert native, famous for snake killing and cartoon appearances, is really a member of the cuckoo family.
4. This vulture, reintroduced into the wild in several areas in the West, has the largest wingspan of any North American land bird.
5. This black, white and red bird stores its food in holes that it drills into tree trunks. Its 'Ja-cob, ja-cob' call is one of the most familiar sounds in California's oak woodlands.
6. This family of diminutive birds can fly backwards and has members bold enough to chase hawks and eagles away from their nests.
7. These birds are widely regarded by avian researchers as being some of the most intelligent animals. They can count and can solve surprisingly complex problems. They fly acrobatics and slide down snow-covered hills for fun. They can also be taught to talk.
8. This bird was sometimes called 'fool hen' by explorers, because it would not fly or run away from hunters but would stand still and allow itself to be killed.
9. Males of this common songbird will attack small red objects and even their own reflections in a mirror.
10. This odd marsh bird makes a sound like a rusty old water pump. Rarely seen, it blends into the brown marsh grasses almost perfectly, even stretching its head and bill straight up into the air to resemble grass stems.
11. This gigantic white bird with a red head patch is one of the rarest species in the United States. It nests in Canada and winters in Texas. Researchers remove the first eggs laid from the Canadian nests to be raised by a related species of bird. The parents then will lay and raise a second clutch.
12. These insect-eating birds are among the world's best fliers. They build nests of mud. They are perhaps most famous for the legend of their annual return to the mission of San Juan Capistrano in California.
13. Members of this family of birds are unusual because they can drink without raising their heads. They also produce a special food for their nestlings in their stomachs and regurgitate this food.
14. This bird is famous for its imitative powers, copying such diverse sounds as lawnmowers, hawks, and cats. An excellent songster, it often sings at night.
15. This tiny mountain songbird dives into swiftly-running streams to procure its food.
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