A collection of cool, vibrant, and exciting looking birds that begin with the letter C. These birds are located all over the world and come from a variety of bird families.
The Icteridae family of New World passerine birds includes the scarlet-rumped cacique. It breeds in the lowlands of the Pacific Ocean in South America, from western Colombia south to Ecuador, as well as in the lower portions of the northern Andes, stretching from eastern Honduras to Panama.
The Icteridae family of New World passerine birds includes the yellow-rumped cacique. From Panama and Trinidad southward through Peru, Bolivia, and central Brazil, it breeds throughout a large portion of northern South America. They have, however, been seen as far north as the Mexican state of Nayarit.
The white-bellied canary is one of several finch species in the Fringillidae family. It can be found in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda. They love the dry areas of the savanna and thrives in this natural environment.
In the dense to open shrub-steppe of Patagonia, where it feeds in shrubs and moves swiftly over terrain, the Austral Canastero is a reasonably common bird. Most frequently observed when singing while perched atop a shrub or fence. In its southern distribution, the streak-backed canastero is unique. It can be recognised by its streaked back and whitish eyebrow; while flying, it has a vivid buffy wing stripe and whitish tail sides. Very similar to the Correndera Pipit.
A species of bird belonging to the Furnariidae family is the dusky-tailed canastero. It is found in most parts of Chile. Subtropical or tropical dry shrubland and subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland are its native habitats.
The black caracara is a species of bird of prey in the family Falconidae found in Amazonian and French Guiana lowlands, commonly along rivers.
The chimango caracara is a bird of prey in the Falconidae family. It can be found in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay and south of Brazil. The chimango is found as far south as Tierra del Fuego and is a vagrant to the Islas Malvinas also known as Falkland Islands.
A species of raptor in the Falconidae family is the mountain caracara. It can be discovered in the Andes’ puna and páramo regions, which stretch from northern Ecuador through Peru and Bolivia to northern Argentina and Chile. It ranges from uncommon to rather prevalent generally.
The Crested Caracara is officially a large tropical black-and-white falcon, but it has the appearance and behaviour of a vulture thanks to its sharp beak and talons. It stands tall on long yellow-orange legs and is readily recognised thanks to its sharp black cap contrasted against its white neck and yellow-orange face.
The crested caracara is a bird of prey in the family Falconidae. It is found from the southern United States through Central and South America to Tierra del Fuego. It was formerly placed in the genus Polyborus.
The Falconidae family of raptors includes the yellow-headed caracara. It can be found in South America’s tropical and subtropical regions as well as in Central America’s southern region. The caracara is not a swift aerial predator like the falcons in its family; instead, it is very slow and frequently forages for food via scavenging.
The northern cardinal is a bird in the genus Cardinalis; it is also known colloquially as the redbird, common cardinal, red cardinal, or just cardinal.
Cassowaries are amongst the most ancient birds on earth. They belong to the Ratite Family like the Emu, Ostrich, Rhea and Kiwi. They are fruit-eating (frugivore) animals that disperse over a hundred species of rainforest trees and vines. Therefore, this “Rainforest gardener” plays an important role in rainforest regeneration and diversity.
The grey-headed chachalaca is a member of an ancient group of birds of the family Cracidae, which includes chachalacas, guans, and curassows. It is found from Honduras to Colombia.
The common chaffinch, sometimes known as the chaffinch, is a small passerine bird that belongs to the finch family. The male is colourful, with rust-red underparts and a blue-gray head.
A small flycatcher found in the upper subtropical and temperate zones of the Andes from Venezuela to Bolivia. Like most chat-tyrants, has a very bold eyebrow and rufous band on its chest and one rufous wingbar.
An animal belonging to the Tyrannidae family of birds is the white-browed chat-tyrant. It is located in the grassland of Puna. Subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland is its natural environment.
The Carolina chickadee is a small passerine bird in the tit family Paridae.
Chickens (Gallus domesticus) are domestic birds that cannot fly. There are over 150 different breeds of chicken that come in various colors, patterns and sizes. The chicken is believed to have descended from the wild Indian and south-east Asian Red Junglefowl which is biologically classified as the same species.
A ubiquitous and widespread leaf warbler that breeds in open woodlands throughout northern and temperate Europe and the Palearctic is the common chiffchaff, or simply the chiffchaff. It is a passerine bird that migrates and spends the winters in southern and western Europe, southern Asia, and north Africa.
The crag chilia is a species of bird in the family Furnariidae. It is endemic to Chile.
The family Fringillidae includes the species of bird known as the chestnut-breasted chlorophonia. It can be found in Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Ecuador. Moist montane forests in the subtropics or the tropics are its natural habitat.
One of only two species in the genus Pyrrhocorax is the Alpine chough, often known as the yellow-billed chough. It belongs to the crow family. Its two subspecies can breed at higher altitudes than any other bird because they breed in high mountains from Spain eastward through southern Europe and north Africa to Central Asia and Nepal.
This bird has glossy black plumage, a long curved red bill, red legs, and a loud, ringing call. It has a buoyant acrobatic flight with widely spread primaries.
A species of bird belonging to the Furnariidae family is the buff-winged cinclodes. It lives in eastern Chile and Argentina and spends the winter in the Pampas. It used to be thought of as the bar-winged cinclodes’ nominate subspecies.
Cinclodes, Chilean Seaside
The Chilean seaside cinclodes is a member of the Furnariidae family of birds. It is native to the rocky shores of Chile. Some authorities classify the Peruvian seashore cinclodes as a subspecies, while others recognise it as a distinct species. Their respective ranges do not intersect.
The cream-winged cinclodes is a member of the Furnariidae family of birds. It inhabits the Puna grasslands from northwestern Argentina to the Peruvian Andes. Its native habitats are subtropical or tropical shrubland and grassland at high altitudes.
The dark-bellied cinclodes is a member of the Furnariidae family. It lives in both Argentina and Chile. Its natural habitats consist of rivers and rocky coastlines. The distribution of the dark-bellied cinclodes extends from Santiago, Chile, to Tierra del Fuego, Chile, and surrounding regions of extreme western Argentina.
The grey-flanked cinclodes is a bird belonging to the Furnariidae family. It is found in Chile, western Argentina next to Chile, and Tierra del Fuego. It inhabits subtropical or tropical dry shrublands and subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrublands.
The Peruvian beach cinclodes, sometimes known as the surf cinclodes, is a member of the Furnariidae family of birds. It is native to the rocky shores of Peru. It is typically regarded as a subspecies of the Chilean seaside cinclodes.
The white-winged cinclodes is a member of the Furnariidae family. Its native habitats are subtropical or tropical grasslands and rivers at high altitudes.
The Andean cock-of-the-rock, also known as the tunki, is a big passerine bird native to the Andean cloud forests of South America. It is popularly considered to be Peru’s national bird. It has four subspecies, and the Guianese cock-of-the-rock is its closest relative.
The Andean condor is a large Cathartid vulture native to South America and the sole member of the genus Vultur. The Andean condor is the world’s largest flying bird by combined measurements of weight and wingspan, inhabiting the Andes mountains and neighbouring Pacific beaches in western South America.
Active small bird of shrubs, hedges, and gardens, found primarily in the Andes but also in northern Chile and Peru down to the coast. Typically seen in pairs or family groups, rather than mixed-species flocks. Feeds low to high on fruit and flowers, rarely remaining motionless for long periods of time and frequently concealing itself in foliage.
The American coot, often called a mud hen or pouldeau, is a member of the Rallidae family. Although sometimes mistaken for ducks, American coots belong to a distinct order and are only distantly related to ducks.
The Andean coot, often called the slate-colored coot, is a type of bird that belongs to the Rallidae family. From far-southwest Colombia to northwest Argentina, it can be found in the Andes. Swamps and freshwater lakes are its native habitats.
The Rallidae family of rail and crake birds includes the Eurasian coot, commonly referred to as the common coot or the Australian coot. It can be found in portions of North Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Its body is slaty black, its head is glossy black, and its bill has a white frontal shield.
Except for a few lakes in the high Andes that are surrounded by barren, rocky terrain, this very hugelarge coot is extremely uncommon. Overall black with a pale yellow beak. It has a peculiar black erectile “horn” covering the base of the bill. Builds extraordinary nest mounds of stones topped with weeds that resemble the peaks of enormous underwater volcanoes and take months or even years to build.
The red-fronted coot is a member of the Rallidae family of birds. At 36–43 centimetres in length, this species of coot is of average size. It is found in Uruguay, Argentina, southern Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and southern Peru. Additionally, there are documents from Bolivia and the Falkland Islands.
Coot of the lowlands that is relatively large, prevalent, and ubiquitous. Found in fresh to brackish ponds and lakes, as well as river mouths and coastal waters locally. Primarily feeds when swimming, but also readily walks around shorelines.
The double-crested cormorant belongs to the family of cormorant sea birds. It inhabits areas around rivers and lakes, as well as beaches. From the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to Florida and Mexico, it is extensively dispersed throughout North America.
The great cormorant, historically known as the great black cormorant in the Northern Hemisphere, the black cormorant in Australia, and the giant cormorant in India, is a widespread member of the cormorant family of seabirds.
The Guanay cormorant or Guanay shag is a cormorant found along the Pacific coast of Peru and northern Chile.
The imperial shag or imperial cormorant is a black-and-white cormorant native to southern South America, where it is found predominantly in rocky coastal regions but sometimes in big inland lakes.
This little cormorant, often known as the Rock Shag, is fairly widespread around rocky coastlines, where it feeds mostly in nearshore waters. Colonially nests on cliffs and other steep surfaces, and sometimes on jetties alongside Imperial Cormorant colonies.
The Neotropic Cormorant, a nearly all-black waterbird with a snaky neck, inhabits the protected waterways of the southern United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America. It is smaller and has a longer tail than other cormorants, but generally resembles the Double-crested Cormorant, with which it frequently congregates.
The white-browed coucal or lark-heeled cuckoo is a cuckoo species belonging to the Cuculidae family. It inhabits sub-Saharan Africa. It occupies locations with dense shelter provided by dense undergrowth and scrub, as well as suitable coastal environments.
Native to temperate and subtropical North America, the brown-headed cowbird is a tiny, brood-parasitic icterid. In the southern portions of its range, it is a permanent resident; northern birds migrate to the southern United States and Mexico during the winter, returning to their summer habitat in March or April.
The huge cowbird is a large passerine bird belonging to the Icteridae family in the New World. From southern Mexico to northern Argentina, as well as Trinidad and Tobago, it breeds. It may have colonised the latter island quite recently.
The shiny cowbird is a passerine bird belonging to the Icteridae family of the New World. It breeds in most of South America, excluding deep forests and mountainous regions with high altitude.
The white-throated crake is a member of the Rallidae family of birds. It is found in Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Its native habitat is wetlands.
The common crane, often called the Eurasian crane, is a member of the Gruidae, or crane, family. It is the only crane species besides the demoiselle crane and the Siberian crane that can be found in Europe.
Crane, Grey Crowned
Located in the grassland and marsh regions of the eastern and southern regions of Africa, and measuring over a metre tall, it is impossible to misidentify these avian giants.
The red crossbill or common crossbill is a tiny passerine bird belonging to the Fringillidae family of finches. Crossbills have unusual, crossed mandibles that allow birds to harvest seeds from pine cones and other fruits.
The two-barred crossbill or white-winged crossbill is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae.
The American crow is a large passerine bird species of the family Corvidae. It is a common bird found throughout much of North America. American crows are the New World counterpart to the carrion crow and the hooded crow.
One of the the smartest and most adaptable birds in the world is the carrion crow. Although it can be frightened of humans, it is frequently fairly fearless. They tend to be rather solitary and are typically found alone or in couples, however they occasionally form flocks.
The hooded crow is closely related to the carrion crow, which was considered to be the same species until recently. A regions where the two species overlap, interbreeding may occur, resulting in hybrids with mixed grey and black body plumage. Hooded crows, like carrion crows, feast on dead animals. In contrast to crows, their feeding habits are more social, and groups of them can be observed in fields.
The common name “jungle crow” refers to three species of crow. Originally believed to be a single species, the group has been divided into the following species:
Eastern jungle crow
Indian jungle crow