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Famous Birds
Here we offer stories about some famous birds.

 

This is a list of well-known real birds. For famous fictional birds, see list of fictional birds.

Alex, a grey parrot who, in studies by Dr. Irene Pepperberg, demonstrated an ability to count; differentiate categories involving objects, colors, shapes, and materials; and understand the concept of same and different

 

All Alone, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross

 

Ava, Amy Winehouse's pet bird, whose death inspired the song "October Song" from the 2003 album Frank. Its name is a reference to the classic Hollywood actress Ava Gardner.

 

Beach Comber, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

Billy, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

Broad Arrow, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

Bubi, a Eurasian eagle-owl that lives near the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. His appearance at soccer games is considered a good omen for the Finland national football team, which has taken the nickname of "Huuhkajat," the Finnish word for the species. Bubi was named Helsinki's "Resident of the Year" in 2007.

 

Challenger - the first bald eagle in history trained to free fly into major sporting events during the American national anthem[1]

 

Cher Ami, British-bred homing pigeon who, in the autumn of 1918, delivered 12 messages for the U.S. Army during World War I, among other things helping to save the Lost Battalion

 

Cologne, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

Commando, awarded the Dickin Medal, was a pigeon that carried out more than ninety missions carrying crucial intelligence during World War II for the British armed forces.

 

DD.43.Q.879, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

DD.43.T.139, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

Duke of Normandy, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

Dutch Coast, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

Flying Dutchman, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

Gertie the Duck, a mallard duck who nested on some pilings under a bridge in Milwaukee in 1945[2][3] She (and her brood) are immortalized in RiverSculpture!

 

G.I. Joe, awarded the Dickin Medal, was a member of the United States Army Pigeon Service. On 18 October 1943, the village of Calvi Vecchia, Italy was scheduled to be bombed by the Allies. He carried the message that British forces had captured the village, thus averting the attack and saving the lives of over a thousand people, both the local Italians and the British occupying troops.

 

Greater the greater flamingo, the oldest flamingo on record, who died in 2014 at the Adelaide Zoo, aged at least 83.

 

Gustav, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal.

 

Incas, the last Carolina parakeet, who died in 1918 at the Cincinnati Zoo, reportedly of grief after his mate

 

Lady Jane died a few months before him, in 1917.

 

Kenley Lass, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

La Lechuza, a barn owl who lived in the Estadio Metropolitano de Barranquilla, was kicked by a football player and died from subsequent stress, believed to foresee the home team's victory when it flew over the field.

 

Maquis, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal.

 

Martha, the last of the American passenger pigeons, who died at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914. Species Requiem Day, September 1, marks Martha's passing.

 

Mary of Exeter, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal.

 

Mercury, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal.

 

Mike the Headless Chicken, the Wyandotte rooster of Fruita, Colorado who lived for 18 months after his head was cut off. The botched decapitation in 1945 missed his brain stem and jugular vein. His owners fed him thereafter with an eyedropper, and took him on tours of the West Coast. He died in 1947.

 

Navy Blue, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

Nils Olav, a king penguin, mascot and colonel-in-chief of the Norwegian King's Guard[4]

 

NPS.42.NS.2780, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

NPS.42.NS.7524, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

NURP.38.BPC.6, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

NURP.43.CC.1418, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

Pale Male a red-tailed hawk living near Central Park in New York City.[5]

 

Paddy, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

Mr Percival an Australian pelican and notable film actor

 

Princess, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

Royal Blue, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

Ruhr Express, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

Scotch Lass, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

Sirocco, a hand-reared kakapo, an ambassador for his species and conservation in New Zealand

 

Tommy, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

Tyke, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

Ulysses, Gerald Durrell's pet owl when he was growing up in Corfu. Ulysses appeared frequently in Durrell's books about living on the Greek island.

 

White Vision, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

William of Orange, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

Winkie, a Second World War homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal

 

Wisdom, a wild female Laysan albatross. She is the oldest confirmed wild bird in the world as well as the oldest banded bird in the world.

 

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