Terrestrial Birds

Terrestrial birds, also called ground/land birds, are birds that usually spend most of their life on the ground, in bushes, or low in the shrubbery. Most of these birds are flightless and if they can fly would remain close to the ground. They are identified by small, often round heads, blunt, round wings, heavily camouflaged plumage, strong, powerful long legs, and preference for dust baths or sunbathing. Most are herbivorous and stay in a large family or groups besides being non-migratory. They may include game birds and chicken breeds. Many are a good source of food for carnivores and omnivores. However, they are defenseless to habitat loss.

How are terrestrial and marine birds different?

Terrestrial and marine birds are different as marine birds can make a home anywhere and live in the open ocean as they have no attachment to the land. Terrestrial birds in contrast are attached to the land they live on. Terrestrial birds also forage the ground for food while marine birds look for food during their flights.

Which terrestrial bird species has the largest geographic range?

The terrestrial bird species that has the largest geographic range is the common ostrich as it Is the largest terrestrial bird. The common ostrich can run for an extended period of time at 34 mph (55 km/h) and can spring at 40 mph (70 km/h).

Can terrestrial birds fly?

Terrestrial birds are naturally flightless, but there are some species that can fly, but not long distances. The terrestrial birds that can fly, stay low above the ground or close to any cover while flying. They also fly in short distances rather than longer distances.

Terrestrial Birds Guides
Browse through our curated Terrestrial Birds Guides for additional categorizations, tips, details, variations, styles, and histories of Terrestrial Birds. Guides provide additional insights into the unique properties and shared relationships between elements.

Terrestrial Birds

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5.7”-8.1” | 14.5-20.5 cm
19.7”-24” | 50-61 cm (Wingspan)
8.7”-12.2” | 22-31 cm
.18-.36 lb | .08-.165 kg
5-11 years
American Kestrel
20.500
61.000
31.000
0.165
11.00
25500
GUIDE
3D
American Kestrel
25.4”-33.7” | 64.5-85.5 cm
106.3”-130” | 270-330 cm (Wingspan)
39.4”-52” | 100-132 cm
17-33.1 lb | 7.7-15 kg
50-75 years
Andean Condor
85.500
330.000
132.000
15.000
75.00
45450
GUIDE
3D
Andean Condor
14.2”-17.9” | 36-45.5 cm
31.5”-33.5” | 80-85 cm (Wingspan)
23.6”-29.5” | 60-75 cm
4-6.6 lb | 1.8-3 kg
10-13 years
Australian Brushturkey
45.500
85.000
75.000
3.000
13.00
120
GUIDE
3D
Australian Brushturkey
16.9”-24.2” | 43-61.5 cm
70”-90” | 178-229 cm (Wingspan)
27.6”-39.4” | 70-100 cm
6.5-14 lb | 2.95-6.35 kg
20-30 years
Bald Eagle
61.500
229.000
100.000
6.350
30.00
272400
GUIDE
3D
Bald Eagle
Barn Owl
201000
12.2”-15.2” | 31-38.5 cm
31.5”-43.3” | 80-110 cm (Wingspan)
12.6”-15.75” | 32-40 cm
.55-1.26 lb | .25-.57 kg
4-15 years
Barn Owl
38.500
110.000
40.000
0.570
15.00
201000
GUIDE
3D
Barn Owl
19.3”-26.2” | 49-66.5 cm
90.6”-112.2” | 230-285 cm (Wingspan)
37”-49.2” | 94-125 cm
8.2-15.7 lb | 3.7-7.1 kg
21-45 years
Bearded Vulture
66.500
285.000
125.000
7.100
45.00
31900
GUIDE
3D
Bearded Vulture
5.3”-8.9” | 13.5-22.5 cm
20”-24” | 51-61 cm (Wingspan)
6.7”-11” | 17-28 cm
.29-.57 lb | .13-.26 kg
6-11 years
Burrowing Owl
22.500
61.000
28.000
0.260
11.00
34200
GUIDE
3D
Burrowing Owl
30.3”-37.4” | 77-95 cm
106.3”-126” | 270-320 cm (Wingspan)
42.9”-52.8” | 109-134 cm
18.7-26.5 lb | 8.5-12 kg
30-60 years
California Condor
95.000
320.000
134.000
12.000
60.00
53200
GUIDE
3D
California Condor
5.9”-6.7” | 15-17 cm
12.6”-16.1” | 32-41 cm (Wingspan)
9.4”-10.6” | 24-27 cm
.33-.42 lb | .15-.19 kg
4-10 years
California Quail
17.000
41.000
27.000
0.190
10.00
15100
GUIDE
3D
California Quail
Chukar
20400
9.1”-10.2” | 23-26 cm
20.1”-22” | 51-56 cm (Wingspan)
13.4”-15” | 34-38 cm
1-1.76 lb | .45-.8 kg
3-5 years
Chukar
26.000
56.000
38.000
0.800
5.00
20400
GUIDE
3D
Chukar
11.6”-16.7” | 29.5-42.5 cm
43.3”-51.2” | 110-130 cm (Wingspan)
17.7”-25.6” | 45-65 cm
1.2-2.9 lb | .55-1.3 kg
20-29 years
Common Buzzard
42.500
130.000
65.000
1.300
29.00
21900
GUIDE
3D
Common Buzzard
8.1”-9.4” | 20.5-24 cm
26.8”-31.5” | 68-80 cm (Wingspan)
13”-15.4” | 33-39 cm
.31-.68 lb | .14-.31 kg
15-18 years
Common Kestrel
24.000
80.000
39.000
0.310
18.00
33500
GUIDE
3D
Common Kestrel
12.4”-16.1” | 31.5-41 cm
22”-35.4” | 56-90 cm (Wingspan)
27.6”-35.4” | 70-90 cm
1.7-3.75 lb | .75-1.7 kg
11-20 years
Common Pheasant
41.000
90.000
90.000
1.700
20.00
4200
GUIDE
3D
Common Pheasant
5.3”-6.1” | 13.5-15.5 cm
12.6”-13.8” | 32-35 cm (Wingspan)
6.3”-7.1” | 16-18 cm
.22-.37 lb | .1-.17 kg
2-6 years
Common Quail
15.500
35.000
18.000
0.170
6.00
13500
GUIDE
3D
Common Quail
9.8”-14.6” | 25-37 cm
23.6”-35.4” | 60-90 cm (Wingspan)
15.75”-23.6” | 40-60 cm
5.7-9.9 lb | 2.6-4.5 kg
2-20 months (Farm); 3-10 years (Captivity)
Domestic Chicken
37.000
90.000
60.000
4.500
10.00
8400
GUIDE
3D
Domestic Chicken
25.6”-31.5” | 65-80 cm
59.1”-70.9” | 150-180 cm (Wingspan)
39.4”-49.2” | 100-125 cm
29.8-86 lb | 13.5-39 kg
5-6 months (Farm); 3-5 years (Wild)
Domestic Turkey
80.000
180.000
125.000
39.000
5.00
5900
GUIDE
3D
Domestic Turkey
4.1”-6.7” | 10.5-17 cm
18.1”-24” | 46-61 cm (Wingspan)
6.3”-9.8” | 16-25 cm
.26-.55 lb | .12-.25 kg
14-21 years
Eastern Screech Owl
17.000
61.000
25.000
0.250
21.00
18100
GUIDE
3D
Eastern Screech Owl
14.2”-19.5” | 36-49.5 cm
52”-59.8” | 132-152 cm (Wingspan)
19.7”-27.2” | 50-69 cm
2.2-4.6 lb | .98-2.08 kg
16-24 years
Ferruginous Hawk
49.500
152.000
69.000
2.080
24.00
10200
GUIDE
3D
Ferruginous Hawk
19.7”-23.6” | 50-60 cm
72.8”-88.6” | 185-225 cm (Wingspan)
29.5”-35.4” | 75-90 cm
6.2-14.8 lb | 2.8-6.7 kg
30-48 years
Golden Eagle
60.000
225.000
90.000
6.700
48.00
235500
GUIDE
3D
Golden Eagle
15.2”-19.5” | 38.5-49.5 cm
25.6”-29.5” | 65-75 cm (Wingspan)
35.4”-45.3” | 90-115 cm
1.2-1.5 lb | .55-.7 kg
5-15 years
Golden Pheasant
49.500
75.000
115.000
0.700
15.00
52500
GUIDE
3D
Golden Pheasant
24”-29.1” | 61-74 cm
29.5”-35.4” | 75-90 cm (Wingspan)
30.7”-36.2” | 78-92 cm
6.8-10.6 lb | 3.1-4.8 kg
22-24 years
Great Curassow
74.000
90.000
92.000
4.800
24.00
1300
GUIDE
3D
Great Curassow
9.6”-14.2” | 24.5-36 cm
35.8”-59.8” | 91-152 cm (Wingspan)
16.9”-25.2” | 43-64 cm
2-5.5 lb | .9-2.5 kg
13-35 years
Great Horned Owl
36.000
152.000
64.000
2.500
35.00
106000
GUIDE
3D
Great Horned Owl
12.2”-13.2” | 31-33.5 cm
27.2”-28.7” | 69-73 cm (Wingspan)
16.9”-18.1” | 43-46 cm
1.5-2.6 lb | .7-1.2 kg
2-5 years
Greater Prairie Chicken
33.500
73.000
46.000
1.200
5.00
3700
GUIDE
3D
Greater Prairie Chicken
28.3”-38.6” | 72-98 cm
47.2”-63” | 120-160 cm (Wingspan)
35.4”-50” | 90-127 cm (Body); 70.9”-96.5” | 180-245 cm (Overall)
8.5-11 lb | 3.85-5 kg
15-23 years
Green Peafowl
98.000
160.000
245.000
5.000
23.00
9700
GUIDE
3D
Green Peafowl
12.6”-19.7” | 32-50 cm
22”-33.9” | 56-86 cm (Wingspan)
22”-35.4” | 56-90 cm
1.5-3.1 lb | .7-1.4 kg
2-3 years
Green Pheasant
50.000
86.000
90.000
1.400
3.00
4650
GUIDE
3D
Green Pheasant
9.1”-9.8” | 23-25 cm
20.9”-22” | 53-56 cm (Wingspan)
11.8”-13” | 30-33 cm
.75-1.1 lb | .34-.48 kg
2-5 years
Grey Partridge
25.000
56.000
33.000
0.480
5.00
8200
GUIDE
3D
Grey Partridge
25.8”-33.1” | 65.5-84 cm
90.6”-110.2” | 230-280 cm (Wingspan)
37.4”-48” | 95-122 cm
13.2-33.1 lb | 6-15 kg
35-42 years
Griffon Vulture
84.000
280.000
122.000
15.000
42.00
20700
GUIDE
3D
Griffon Vulture
14.6”-19.3” | 37-49 cm
43.3”-63” | 110-160 cm (Wingspan)
18.9”-25.6” | 48-65 cm
1.8-4.6 lb | .8-2.1 kg
12-25 years
Gyrfalcon
49.000
160.000
65.000
2.100
25.00
17700
GUIDE
3D
Gyrfalcon
21.7”-26.6” | 55-67.5 cm
69.3”-88.2” | 176-224 cm (Wingspan)
34.3”-42.9” | 87-109 cm
8.8-19.8 lb | 4-9 kg
25-35 years
Harpy Eagle
67.500
224.000
109.000
9.000
35.00
293500
GUIDE
3D
Harpy Eagle
16.5”-19.7” | 42-50 cm
37.4”-39.4” | 95-100 cm (Wingspan)
20.9”-24.8” | 53-63 cm
2.2-4 lb | 1-1.8 kg
10-15 years
Helmeted Guineafowl
50.000
100.000
63.000
1.800
15.00
9650
GUIDE
3D
Helmeted Guineafowl
11.8”-15.2” | 30-38.5 cm
38.2”-48” | 97-122 cm (Wingspan)
16.1”-20.5” | 41-52 cm
.64-1.39 lb | .29-.63 kg
8-17 years
Hen Harrier
38.500
122.000
52.000
0.630
17.00
13900
GUIDE
3D
Hen Harrier
17.3”-23.6” | 44-60 cm
35.4”-51.2” | 90-130 cm (Wingspan)
33.5”-46” | 85-117 cm
4.4-5.5 lb | 2-2.5 kg
10-20 years
Horned Guan
60.000
130.000
117.000
2.500
20.00
700
GUIDE
3D
Horned Guan
26.4”-30.7” | 67-78 cm
55.1”-63” | 140-160 cm (Wingspan)
39.4”-45.3” | 100-115 cm (Body); 76.8”-88.6” | 195-225 cm (Overall)
6.1-13.2 lb | 2.75-6 kg
10-25 years
Indian Peafowl
78.000
160.000
225.000
6.000
25.00
29500
GUIDE
3D
Indian Peafowl
5.5”-6.3” | 14-16 cm
11”-13” | 28-33 cm (Wingspan)
6.3”-7.1” | 16-18 cm
.22-.35 lb | .1-.16 kg
2-6 years
Japanese Quail
16.000
33.000
18.000
0.160
6.00
10400
GUIDE
3D
Japanese Quail
Maleo
14040
16.1”-18.5” | 41-47 cm
11.8”-13.4” | 30-34 cm (Wingspan)
21.7”-23.6” | 55-60 cm
2.9-4 lb | 1.3-1.8 kg
16-23 years
Maleo
47.000
34.000
60.000
1.800
23.00
14040
GUIDE
3D
Maleo
8.3”-9.1” | 21-23 cm
29.5”-32.7” | 75-83 cm (Wingspan)
13.4”-14.6” | 34-37 cm
.46-.86 lb | .21-.39 kg
7-11 years
Mississippi Kite
23.000
83.000
37.000
0.390
11.00
9450
GUIDE
3D
Mississippi Kite
7.9”-8.9” | 20-22.5 cm
13.8”-15.75” | 35-40 cm (Wingspan)
10.2”-11” | 26-28 cm
.42-.64 lb | .19-.29 kg
2-4 years
Mountain Quail
22.500
40.000
28.000
0.290
4.00
5400
GUIDE
3D
Mountain Quail
6.3”-7.5” | 16-19 cm
13”-15” | 33-38 cm (Wingspan)
9.4”-11” | 24-28 cm
.35-.4 lb | .16-.18 kg
3-7 years
Northern Bobwhite
19.000
38.000
28.000
0.180
7.00
5500
GUIDE
3D
Northern Bobwhite
16.9”-20.1” | 43-51 cm
42.1”-47.2” | 107-120 cm (Wingspan)
19.3”-22.8” | 49-58 cm
2-3.5 lb | .9-1.6 kg
18-30 years
Northern Crested Caracara
51.000
120.000
58.000
1.600
30.00
2700
GUIDE
3D
Northern Crested Caracara
9.8”-12.8” | 25-32.5 cm
38.2”-48” | 97-122 cm (Wingspan)
16.1”-20.5” | 41-52 cm
.64-1.65 lb | .29-.75 kg
8-17 years
Northern Harrier
32.500
122.000
52.000
0.750
17.00
15060
GUIDE
3D
Northern Harrier
22.4”-29.9” | 57-76 cm
63”-66.9” | 160-170 cm (Wingspan)
35.4”-48” | 90-122 cm
6-11 lb | 2.7-5 kg
3-5 years
Ocellated Turkey
76.000
170.000
122.000
5.000
5.00
12700
GUIDE
3D
Ocellated Turkey
Osprey
444000
11.4”-16.3” | 29-41.5 cm
50”-70.9” | 127-180 cm (Wingspan)
16.9”-24” | 43-61 cm
2.4-4.4 lb | 1.1-2 kg
25-32 years
Osprey
41.500
180.000
61.000
2.000
32.00
444000
GUIDE
3D
Osprey
8.1”-13” | 20.5-33 cm
29.1”-47.2” | 74-120 cm (Wingspan)
14.2”-22.8” | 36-58 cm
.73-3.3 lb | .33-1.5 kg
15-25 years
Peregrine Falcon
33.000
120.000
58.000
1.500
25.00
205000
GUIDE
3D
Peregrine Falcon
10”-12.4” | 25.5-31.5 cm
24”-27.2” | 61-69 cm (Wingspan)
18.9”-22.8” | 48-58 cm
.66-1.5 lb | .3-.7 kg
5-9 years
Plain Chachalaca
31.500
69.000
58.000
0.700
9.00
1600
GUIDE
3D
Plain Chachalaca
8.3”-10.6” | 21-27 cm
35.4”-44.5” | 90-113 cm (Wingspan)
15”-19.7” | 38-50 cm
1.1-2.1 lb | .5-.95 kg
15-20 years
Prairie Falcon
27.000
113.000
50.000
0.950
20.00
5970
GUIDE
3D
Prairie Falcon
12.2”-15.75” | 31-40 cm
31.5”-39.4” | 80-100 cm (Wingspan)
23.6”-29.5” | 60-75 cm
2.2-5.5 lb | 1-2.5 kg
3-11 years
Red Junglefowl
40.000
100.000
75.000
2.500
11.00
20000
GUIDE
3D
Red Junglefowl
24”-28” | 61-71 cm
29.5”-35.4” | 75-90 cm (Wingspan)
29.5”-35.4” | 75-90 cm
3.3-6.6 lb | 1.5-3 kg
20-30 years
Red-Legged Seriema
71.000
90.000
90.000
3.000
30.00
2500
GUIDE
3D
Red-Legged Seriema
10”-16.1” | 25.5-41 cm
35.4”-44.9” | 90-114 cm (Wingspan)
15”-24” | 38-61 cm
1.2-1.7 lb | .55-.77 kg
20-25 years
Red-Shouldered Hawk
41.000
114.000
61.000
0.770
25.00
31070
GUIDE
3D
Red-Shouldered Hawk
11.2”-15.9” | 28.5-40.5 cm
43.3”-55.5” | 110-141 cm (Wingspan)
17.7”-25.6” | 45-65 cm
1.5-4.4 lb | .69-2 kg
20-31 years
Red-Tailed Hawk
40.500
141.000
65.000
2.000
31.00
102500
GUIDE
3D
Red-Tailed Hawk
10.4”-11.2” | 26.5-28.5 cm
22”-25.2” | 56-64 cm (Wingspan)
16.9”-18.1” | 43-46 cm
1-1.65 lb | .45-.75 kg
1-3 years
Ruffed Grouse
28.500
64.000
46.000
0.750
3.00
24300
GUIDE
3D
Ruffed Grouse
7.9”-9.1” | 20-23 cm
14.2”-16.1” | 36-41 cm (Wingspan)
9.8”-11.4” | 25-29 cm
.33-.44 lb | .15-.2 kg
2-4 years
Scaled Quail
23.000
41.000
29.000
0.200
4.00
2350
GUIDE
3D
Scaled Quail
29.5”-35” | 75-89 cm
74.8”-84.6” | 190-215 cm (Wingspan)
43.3”-51.2” | 110-130 cm
5.1-9.9 lb | 2.3-4.5 kg
10-19 years
Secretary Bird
89.000
215.000
130.000
4.500
19.00
89500
GUIDE
3D
Secretary Bird
13.4”-18.9” | 34-48 cm
20.5”-35.4” | 52-90 cm (Wingspan)
27.6”-49.2” | 70-125 cm
2.5-4.4 lb | 1.15-2 kg
6-12 years
Silver Pheasant
48.000
90.000
125.000
2.000
12.00
6250
GUIDE
3D
Silver Pheasant
8.7”-10.4” | 22-26.5 cm
39.4”-47.2” | 100-120 cm (Wingspan)
14.2”-16.9” | 36-43 cm
.66-1.26 lb | .3-.57 kg
9-14 years
Snail Kite
26.500
120.000
43.000
0.570
14.00
2450
GUIDE
3D
Snail Kite
Snowy Owl
108800
12.4”-16.9” | 31.5-43 cm
51.2”-65.4” | 130-166 cm (Wingspan)
20.5”-28” | 52-71 cm
2.9-6.5 lb | 1.3-2.95 kg
10-28 years
Snowy Owl
43.000
166.000
71.000
2.950
28.00
108800
GUIDE
3D
Snowy Owl
10”-11.6” | 25.5-29.5 cm
21.25”-22.8” | 54-58 cm (Wingspan)
15”-16.9” | 38-43 cm
1-1.72 lb | .45-.78 kg
5-6 years
Spruce Grouse
29.500
58.000
43.000
0.780
6.00
7805
GUIDE
3D
Spruce Grouse
9.6”-12” | 24.5-30.5 cm
31.9”-40.9” | 81-104 cm (Wingspan)
14.6”-18.1” | 37-46 cm
.73-1.6 lb | .33-.72 kg
10-27 years
Tawny Owl
30.500
104.000
46.000
0.720
27.00
43500
GUIDE
3D
Tawny Owl
23.6”-31.1” | 60-79 cm
49.2”-61” | 125-155 cm (Wingspan)
35.8”-46.1” | 91-117 cm
5.5-24.3 lb | 2.5-11 kg
3-5 years
Wild Turkey
79.000
155.000
117.000
11.000
5.00
3300
GUIDE
3D
Wild Turkey
10.2”-13.2” | 26-33.5 cm
23.6”-24.4” | 60-62 cm (Wingspan)
13.8”-17.3” | 35-44 cm
.95-1.8 lb | .43-.81 kg
5-9 years
Willow Ptarmigan
33.500
62.000
44.000
0.810
9.00
5300
GUIDE
3D
Willow Ptarmigan
Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis)
Scale illustration of an average Mississippi Kite compared to other bird of prey species

The Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) is a small bird of prey that breeds across the central and southern United States; in the winter, they migrate to southern subtropical South America. In the past their nesting habitats were forests and savannas, but recently they commonly nest in highly populated urban areas. Adults are primarily gray. Their tail feathers and outer wings are darker gray, and their heads and inner wings are lighter gray. Young Mississippi Kites have banded tails and streaked bodies. The species are economically important, as their diets include cicada, grasshoppers, and other crop-damaging insects. They also eat small vertebrates, amphibians, and reptiles.

The Mississippi Kite has a wingspan in the range of 29.5”-32.7” (75-83 cm) and total weight of .46-.86 lb (.21-.39 kg). The body of the Mississippi Kite has an overall length between 13.4”-14.6” (34-37 cm), body width of 4.3”-4.7” (11-12 cm), and standing height of roughly 8.3”-9.1” (21-23 cm). The typical lifespan of the Mississippi Kite is between 7-11 years.

Series of measured illustrations of the Mississippi Kite standing
The Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) is a small bird of prey that breeds across the central and southern United States; in the winter, they migrate to southern subtropical South America. In the past their nesting habitats were forests and savannas, but recently they may nest in cities.

The Mississippi Kite has a wingspan in the range of 29.5”-32.7” (75-83 cm) and total weight of .46-.86 lb (.21-.39 kg). The body of the Mississippi Kite has an overall length between 13.4”-14.6” (34-37 cm), body width of 4.3”-4.7” (11-12 cm), and standing height of roughly 8.3”-9.1” (21-23 cm). The typical lifespan of the Mississippi Kite is between 7-11 years.

Series of measured illustrations of the Mississippi Kite standing
Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis)
Height:
8.3”-9.1” | 21-23 cm
Width:
29.5”-32.7” | 75-83 cm (Wingspan)
Length:
13.4”-14.6” | 34-37 cm
Depth:
Weight:
.46-.86 lb | .21-.39 kg
Area:

Body Width: 4.3”-4.7” | 11-12 cm

Scientific Name
Ictinia mississippiensis
Lifespan
7-11 years

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Mississippi Kite side view, front, flying (assorted)

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Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
Scale illustration of an average Burrowing Owl compared to other bird of prey species

The Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) is an owl found in the grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas, or any other open dry area with low vegetation across North and South America. Their name references their nesting and roosting habitat, burrows. They have adapted to living in grasslands by developing longer legs that allow them to sprint and fly white hunting. Physically, the Burrowing Owl has bright eyes, a dark yellow or gray beak, and a flattened facial disc. They have prominent white eyebrows and a white ”chin” patch; adults have a brown head and wings, and the chest and abdomen are white.

The Burrowing Owl has a wingspan in the range of 20”-24” (51-61 cm) and total weight of .29-.57 lb (.13-.26 kg). The body of the Burrowing Owl has an overall length between 6.7”-11” (17-28 cm), body width of 2.2”-3.5” (5.5-9 cm), and standing height of roughly 5.3”-8.9” (13.5-22.5 cm). The typical lifespan of the Burrowing Owl is between 6-11 years.

Series of measured illustrations of the Burrowing Owl standing
The Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) is an owl found in the grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas, or any other open dry area with low vegetation across North and South America. Their name references their nesting and roosting habitat, burrows. They have adapted to living in grasslands.

The Burrowing Owl has a wingspan in the range of 20”-24” (51-61 cm) and total weight of .29-.57 lb (.13-.26 kg). The body of the Burrowing Owl has an overall length between 6.7”-11” (17-28 cm), body width of 2.2”-3.5” (5.5-9 cm), and standing height of roughly 5.3”-8.9” (13.5-22.5 cm). The typical lifespan of the Burrowing Owl is between 6-11 years.

Series of measured illustrations of the Burrowing Owl standing
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
Height:
5.3”-8.9” | 13.5-22.5 cm
Width:
20”-24” | 51-61 cm (Wingspan)
Length:
6.7”-11” | 17-28 cm
Depth:
Weight:
.29-.57 lb | .13-.26 kg
Area:

Body Width: 2.2”-3.5” | 5.5-9 cm

Scientific Name
Athene cunicularia
Lifespan
6-11 years

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Burrowing Owl side view, front, flying (assorted)

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Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)
Scale illustration of an average Prairie Falcon compared to other bird of prey species

The Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus) is a falcon that lives in the arid open countries, alpine tundras, shortgrass prairies, and high deserts of North America. They can be found in southern Canada through the western United States, and into northern Mexico. The plumage is a warm gray-brown above with a pale mottling below. The primary wing feathers are the darkest, and the rump and tail are the lightest. The Prairie Falcon mostly eats small mammals and small to medium-sized birds that are caught in flight, and as opportunistic predators, they will sometimes take larger birds.

The Prairie Falcon has a wingspan in the range of 35.4”-44.5” (90-113 cm) and total weight of 1.1-2.1 lb (.5-.95 kg). The body of the Prairie Falcon has an overall length between 15”-19.7” (38-50 cm), body width of 3.5”-4.7” (9-12 cm), and standing height of roughly 8.3”-10.6” (21-27 cm). The typical lifespan of the Prairie Falcon is between 15-20 years.

Series of measured illustrations of the Prairie Falcon standing
The Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus) is a falcon that lives in the arid open countries, alpine tundras, shortgrass prairies, and high deserts of North America. They can be found in southern Canada through the western United States, and into northern Mexico. The plumage is a warm gray-brown.

The Prairie Falcon has a wingspan in the range of 35.4”-44.5” (90-113 cm) and total weight of 1.1-2.1 lb (.5-.95 kg). The body of the Prairie Falcon has an overall length between 15”-19.7” (38-50 cm), body width of 3.5”-4.7” (9-12 cm), and standing height of roughly 8.3”-10.6” (21-27 cm). The typical lifespan of the Prairie Falcon is between 15-20 years.

Series of measured illustrations of the Prairie Falcon standing
Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)
Height:
8.3”-10.6” | 21-27 cm
Width:
35.4”-44.5” | 90-113 cm (Wingspan)
Length:
15”-19.7” | 38-50 cm
Depth:
Weight:
1.1-2.1 lb | .5-.95 kg
Area:

Body Width: 3.5”-4.7” | 9-12 cm

Scientific Name
Falco mexicanus
Lifespan
15-20 years

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Prairie Falcon side view, front, flying (assorted)

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Horned Guan (Oreophasis derbianus)
Scale illustration of an average Horned Guan compared to other gamefowl species

The Horned Guan (Oreophasis deerbianus) is a turkey-like gamefowl that is a poor flyer and spends most of its time sleeping and eating. It has a glossy black plumage, red legs, and a red horn on top of its head. The Horned Guan also has a white belly and breast. It is native to the mountain forests of the south of Mexico and Guatemala in South America. The Horned Guan is often found at altitudes of up to 10,990 ft (3,350 m). It generally eats fruits, flowers, leaves, and some invertebrates or small vertebrates. The Horned Guan is considered endangered to extinction.

The Horned Guan has a wingspan in the range of 35.4”-51.2” (90-130 cm) and total weight of 4.4-5.5 lb (2-2.5 kg). The body of the Horned Guan has an overall length between 33.5”-46” (85-117 cm), body width of 7.5”-10.2” (19-26 cm), and standing height of roughly 17.3”-23.6” (44-60 cm). The typical lifespan of the Horned Guan is between 10-20 years.

Series of measured illustrations of the Horned Guan
The Horned Guan (Oreophasis deerbianus) is a turkey-like gamefowl that is a poor flyer and spends most of its time sleeping and eating. It has a glossy black plumage, red legs, and a red horn on top of its head. The Horned Guan also has a white belly and breast. It is native to mountain forests.

The Horned Guan has a wingspan in the range of 35.4”-51.2” (90-130 cm) and total weight of 4.4-5.5 lb (2-2.5 kg). The body of the Horned Guan has an overall length between 33.5”-46” (85-117 cm), body width of 7.5”-10.2” (19-26 cm), and standing height of roughly 17.3”-23.6” (44-60 cm). The typical lifespan of the Horned Guan is between 10-20 years.

Series of measured illustrations of the Horned Guan
Horned Guan (Oreophasis derbianus)
Height:
17.3”-23.6” | 44-60 cm
Width:
35.4”-51.2” | 90-130 cm (Wingspan)
Length:
33.5”-46” | 85-117 cm
Depth:
Weight:
4.4-5.5 lb | 2-2.5 kg
Area:

Body Width: 7.5”-10.2” | 19-26 cm

Scientific Name
Oreophasis derbianus
Lifespan
10-20 years

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Horned Guan side view, front, flying (assorted)

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Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus)
Comparison illustration of the size of a Golden Pheasant to other species of gamefowl

The Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) also referred to as the Chinese Pheasant is one of the most popular species of pheasants. The male Gold Pheasant is easily identifiable by its bright colors. It has a golden crest, dark colored wings, a green back, and bright yellow eyes. The female Golden Pheasant is less colorful with a brown plumage and pale-yellow feet. The Golden Pheasant can be found in dense forests and woodlands. It is native to western China, but is also seen in various other parts of the world like the United States, Mexico, Chile, and Australia. It mostly feeds on grain, invertebrates, berries, and seeds.

The Golden Pheasant has a wingspan in the range of 25.6”-29.5” (65-75 cm) and total weight of 1.2-1.5 lb (.55-.7 kg). The body of the Golden Pheasant has an overall length between 35.4”-45.3” (90-115 cm), body width of 5.7”-7.5” (14.5-19 cm), and standing height of roughly 15.2”-19.5” (38.5-49.5 cm). The typical lifespan of the Golden Pheasant is between 5-15 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Golden Pheasant in various poses with dimensions
The Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) also referred to as the Chinese Pheasant is one of the most popular species of pheasants. The male Gold Pheasant is easily identifiable by its bright colors. It has a golden crest, dark colored wings, a green back, and bright yellow eyes.

The Golden Pheasant has a wingspan in the range of 25.6”-29.5” (65-75 cm) and total weight of 1.2-1.5 lb (.55-.7 kg). The body of the Golden Pheasant has an overall length between 35.4”-45.3” (90-115 cm), body width of 5.7”-7.5” (14.5-19 cm), and standing height of roughly 15.2”-19.5” (38.5-49.5 cm). The typical lifespan of the Golden Pheasant is between 5-15 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Golden Pheasant in various poses with dimensions
Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus)
Height:
15.2”-19.5” | 38.5-49.5 cm
Width:
25.6”-29.5” | 65-75 cm (Wingspan)
Length:
35.4”-45.3” | 90-115 cm
Depth:
Weight:
1.2-1.5 lb | .55-.7 kg
Area:

Body Width: 5.7”-7.5” | 14.5-19 cm

Scientific Name
Chrysolophus pictus
Lifespan
5-15 years

Drawings include:

Golden Pheasant side view, front, flying (assorted)

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