Birds are some of the most fascinating animals on the planet. Our avian friends come in all shapes and sizes; some are domesticated, others live exclusively in the wild, and each species has its own unique quirks.
If you’re ready to learn more about birds, we’re here to walk you through some of the most interesting birds that start with C.
From domesticated species to unusually large wild birds, we’ve got a little bit of everything to feed your curiosity!
A cockatoo is any of the twenty-one species of parrot belonging to the Cacatuidae family.
The cockatoo is notoriously lively and affectionate, and they love spending time with the humans that care for them.
If in captivity, they form strong bonds with their owners and will remain loyal pets for life!
Cockatoos can live anywhere between 20-40 years in the wild, but they can live much longer in captivity.
Sometimes, as long as 50-70 years! However, their life span can vary between species.
In the wild, cockatoos can be found in Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, and Australia.
They can live in various habitats, including rainforests, shrublands, mountain forests, dry forests, and mangroves.
For cockatoos, the breeding season is usually between August and January in the southeast, and in the north, May to September.
Females can lay between two and three eggs, and both parents will take turns incubating them.
Most adult cockatoos grow up to 24 inches, and they come in a variety of different colors.
Some cockatoos are capable of picking up phrases and words from their owners, and they can be incredibly needy pets!
The humble chicken is one of the most recognizable birds in the world.
In the wild, chickens are native to Southeast Asia, but they’ve since been domesticated and spread throughout the globe.
Chickens can be found almost anywhere, but unlike other birds, they’re not cut out for long-distance flights and are not migratory.
Chickens now thrive in human-managed environments, but most used to live in tropical shrub lands and forests.
There are thought to be hundreds of breeds of chicken throughout the world, and their temperaments can vary.
However, chickens are known for being shy and aloof and may not be as calm and friendly as other birds.
The average chicken will live between five and ten years, but those who live longer are usually found in captivity and are kept as pets.
Chickens are often considered a ‘boring’ bird – in fact, they’re incredibly intelligent.
Did you know that a hen will start to teach sounds to its chick while it’s still in the egg?
Chickens also have an incredible memory and may be able to distinguish between around 100 faces of their species. They’re even able to distinguish colors!
A carrier pigeon, or homing pigeon, is a type of domesticated pigeon that was bred specifically for its ability to fly over long distances and find its way home.
Carrier pigeons were first used in the 5th century BC, and although most carrier pigeons no longer exist, they’re still fondly remembered.
Carrier pigeons are not extinct, but most are now bred as ornamental birds.
Carrier pigeons have a fleshy growth on their bill and a distinctive wattle, making them easy to identify.
Today, most carrier pigeons are simply known as homing pigeons or racing pigeons and all carrier pigeons were bred selectively from rock doves, which still exist today.
In the UK, rock doves are now only found in Scotland, on the Northern Irish coast, and on islands.
However, many rock doves can also be found in southwestern Asia, North Africa, and Europe.
Most rock doves prefer to live in semi-open environments, and rock ledges and cliffs are usually used for breeding and roosting in the wild.
The crane is an incredibly large bird. Despite its size, it moves elegantly and gracefully.
Cranes are easy to spot thanks to their long, drooping necks, curved tail feathers, and incredibly long legs.
There are around fifteen species of crane, and the Whooping Crane is one of the rarest bird species in the world.
In the wild, cranes can be found on most continents. However, most appear to be in North America.
Some cranes, such as the crowned crane, can roost in trees and they flock in large numbers.
Cranes often prefer to live on flat plains and shallow marshlands, and they usually live between 20 and 30 years.
Cranes are also migratory birds, and on the western flyway migration route, they will go from Eastern Europe and Scandinavia to France, Spain, and Germany.
The average crane can weigh 15 pounds, with a height of around 5 feet – these birds are not a force to be reckoned with!
For birdkeepers, the canary is a timeless favorite. These birds have been domesticated from the wild canary, which is a wild songbird that used to live on small islands off the West African coast.
They can also be found in Morocco and Puerto Rico.
Canaries have been raised in captivity for more than a century and are incredibly popular pets.
These birds have been bred extensively, and there are now thought to be over 200 breeds of canary.
These birds come in all different colors. As pets, canaries are great companions, but they’re not as affectionate as other domesticated birds.
They’ll enjoy interacting with their owners but are unlikely to form bonds with them.
In captivity, some canaries can live between ten to twelve years. Some can even live as long as fifteen years!
Canaries are small birds, averaging at around 4-5 inches, and can weigh an average of 15g.
These birds are great pets for beginner bird owners, and they’re mesmerizing to witness in the wild.
With thousands of species of birds on the planet, we’re always learning more about them and finding something new to love each time.
We hope this article has introduced you to some new species or given you a fresh insight into some you may already be familiar with.
See if you can spot some of our favorite birds on your next outing!