What Kind of Birds Live in the Jungle?

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Many birds live in jungles like the dense tropical rain forests of the Amazon, Central Africa, West Africa and in forests in different parts of the world. There are many species of birds living in jungles that come in different sizes, shapes, colors and have different diets.

Parrots

  • Parrots are a species of bird found in forests worldwide. They come in different sizes ranging from the size of a small sparrow to the large, flamboyant, multicolored macaws. The colors range from scarlet, bright green, red, blue and yellow. Parrots are known for their ability to "talk" or mimic and the most intelligent of all parrots are the African grey parrots. There are two sub-species of African grey parrots, the Congo African parrot and the Timneh African grey parrot. The main difference between the two is their size as Congo African grey parrots are larger than the Timneh African Grey parrots and the Congo greys have a slightly different coloring from the Timnehs. African grey parrots are talkative and very good mimics. They are found in the Central to West African forests and primarily feed on fruits, seeds and fresh greens. They are highly social birds that routinely live in large flocks and can be domesticated and kept as pets.

Oropendolas

  • The oropendola are any of the several species of the blackbird family. They are commonly found in jungle forest canopies and known for their hanging nests. Their nests may measure up to 6.6 feet, and some oropendola species breed in large colonies where they may build up to 100 nests from the branches or fronds of an individual tree. The birds usually select a large tree and the females weave the long nests. Females usually lay two eggs.

Cotingas

  • Cotingas are a very large family of passerine bird species, which are found in the jungle forests of tropical South America and Central America. These birds eat insects and fruit and range in color from highly decorative birds like the cock-of-the-rocks, to drab looking ones. The females of this group are generally duller than the males in appearance.

Hawks and Eagles (Accipitradae)

  • The accipitradae family includes the family of hawks, kites, eagles, vultures and harriers. Some of the species are jungle forest birds while others are migratory and can be found in places other than the jungle. The tropical eagles are forest birds that primarily feed on monkeys and other mammals in the jungle. They include the harpy eagle, Philippine eagle and martial eagle, which are among the world's largest birds of prey.

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