Rifleman Acanthisitta chloris Distribution: New Zealand Wingspan: 12 cm Weight: 6 g Diet: Insectivorous DNA fragment: ..AATGATAGTC.. Peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus Distribution: N. America Wingspan: 74-120 cm Weight: 330-1500 g Diet: Birds DNA fragment: ..TATACCAGAT.. Red-legged seriema Cariama cristata Distribution: Latin America Wingspan: 60 cm Weight: 1,5-2,2 kg Diet: Omnivorous DNA fragment: ..TGTTCCAGAC.. Cuckoo-roller Leptosomus discolor Distribution: Madagascar and Comoro islands Wingspan: ??? Weight: 160–301 g Diet: Inscets DNA fragment: ..TGTACCAGAC.. Rhinoceros hornbill Buceros rhinoceros Distribution: Borneo, Sumatra, Java, the Malay Peninsula, Singapore, and southern Thailand Wingspan: ~150 cm Weight: 2-3.4 kg Diet: Fruits, small rodents, insects and other small birds DNA fragment: ..GATACTAGAG.. Downy woodpecker Picoides pubescens Distribution: N. America Wingspan: 25-30 cm Weight: 21-28 gr Diet: insects (wood-boring larvae, caterpillars and ants), berries and seeds DNA fragment: ..TGTAACATCC.. Carmine bee-eater Merops nubicoides Distribution: Across sub-equatorial Africa Wingspan: 28-32 cm Weight: 40-67 g Diet: Inscects DNA fragment: ..TGTGGCACAT.. Bar-tailed trogon Apaloderma vittatum Distribution: Central Africa Wingspan: 28-30 cm Weight: 55 g Diet: Insects and fruits DNA fragment: ..GATAGAAGGC.. Bald eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus Distribution: N. America Wingspan: 180-230 cm Weight: 3-6 kg Diet: Prey DNA fragment: ..TATGGAAGAA.. White-tailed eagle Haliaeetus albicilla Distribution: Eurasia Wingspan: 178-245 cm Weight: 4-5 kg Diet: Prey DNA fragment: ..TATGGAAGAA.. Turkey vulture Cathartes aura Distribution: N. and S. America Wingspan: ~180 cm Weight: 1,5 kg Diet: Carrion DNA fragment: ..TGTATCAGAC.. Speckled mousebird Colius striatus Distribution: central and south Africa Wingspan: ? Weight: 50-57 g Diet: Frugivore (fruits, berries, leaves, buds, flowers, nectar, seeds) DNA fragment: ..TACGCTAGGC.. White-tailed tropicbird Phaethon lepturus Distribution: tropical Atlantic, western Pacific and Indian Oceans Wingspan: 94 cm Weight: 330 g Diet: Small, surface-dwelling pelagic fish and squid DNA fragment: ..TGTACCATAC.. Common cuckoo Cuculus canorus Distribution: Europe, Asia, Africa Wingspan: 55-60 cm Weight: 110 g Diet: Insects DNA fragment: ..GCTACTATGT.. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus Distribution: America Wingspan: 23-27 cm Weight: 72 and 121 g Diet: Beetles and flies DNA fragment: ..TGTACCATAC.. MacQueen's bustard Chlamydotis macqueenii Distribution: Asia, west from the Sinai Peninsula, from Kazakhstan to Mongolia Wingspan: ~140 cm Weight: 1,2-3,2 kg Diet: Invertabrates DNA fragment: ..TATATCATAC.. Hoatzin Opisthocomus hoazin Distribution: S. America Wingspan: ??? Weight: 700-900 g Diet: Leaves, flowers, fruits DNA fragment: ..GGTACAATAC.. Sunbittern Eurypyga helias Distribution: Latin America Wingspan: ~60 cm Weight: 171-214 g Diet: Insects and small vertabrates (frogs) DNA fragment: ..TGGACTATAC.. Chimney swift Chaetura pelagica Distribution: N. and S. America Wingspan: 27-30 cm Weight: 17-30 g Diet: Invertabrates DNA fragment: ..CGTCCTAGAC.. Anna's hummingbird Calypte anna Distribution: U.S.A. Wingspan: 12 cm Weight: 4,5 g Diet: Nektar DNA fragment: ..TGCCTAAGAG.. Chuck-will's-widow Antrostomus carolinensis Distribution: SE U.S.A. Wingspan: 28-33 cm Weight: 66-188 g Diet: Insects DNA fragment: ..TGGCCTAAAG.. Red-throated loon Gavia stellata Distribution: Northern Hemisphere Wingspan: 91–120 cm Weight: 1–3 kg Diet: Fish DNA fragment: ..TGGACTATAC.. Emperor penguin Aptenodytes forsteri Distribution: Antarctica Wingspan: 76-89 cm Weight: 23 kg Diet: Fish, crustaceans & cephalopods DNA fragment: ..TGGGCCTTAC.. Northern fulmar Fulmarus glacialis Distribution: N. Atlantic and N.Pacific oceans. Wingspan: 102-112 cm Weight: 450-1000 g Diet: Plankton, invertebrates DNA fragment: ..AGTACCTTAC.. Crested ibis Nipponia nippon Distribution: Asia Wingspan: 23 cm Weight: 1,8 kg Diet: Frogs, small fish, crabs, river snails and other mollusks as well as beetles. DNA fragment: ..CGTACCTTAC.. Dalmatian pelican Pelecanus crispus Distribution: Central Eurasia Wingspan: ~320 cm Weight: 9,5 kg Diet: Fish DNA fragment: ..TGGCCTTTAC.. Little egret Egretta garzetta Distribution: Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia Wingspan: 88–106 cm Weight: 350-550 g Diet: Fish, amphibians, small reptiles, mammals and birds, crustaceans, molluscs, insects, spiders and worms. DNA fragment: ..TGCACCTTAT.. Great cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo Distribution: very common and widespread species Wingspan: 152 cm Weight: 2,6-3,7 kg Diet: Fish DNA fragment: ..CAGACCTTAC.. Chicken Gallus gallus domesticus Distribution: Southeastern Asia (wild form), domesticated worldwide Wingspan: 45-60 cm Weight: 2.5-4 kg Diet: Omnivorous DNA fragment: ..GCTCCCTAAC.. Turkey Meleagris gallopavo Distribution: N. America (wild form), domesticated worldwide Wingspan: 125-144 cm Weight: 4-7 kg Diet: Omnivorous DNA fragment: ..GCTCCCTTAT.. Pekin duck Anas platyrhynchos domestica Distribution: Domesticated all over the world Wingspan: ~200 cm Weight: 1-1.5 kg Diet: Grains and Insects DNA fragment: ..TGTCCTTTAT.. American flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber Distribution: America Wingspan: 140 cm Weight: 2.2-2.8 kg Diet: crustaceans -amphipods DNA fragment: ..TGCACCTTAC.. Pigeon Columba livia domestica Distribution: worldwide Wingspan: 60–68 cm Weight: 315–410 g Diet: Pulses, grain, seeds, scraps of food scavenged in urban areas. DNA fragment: ..TGTACCATAC.. Brown mesite Mesitornis unicolor Distribution: Madagascar Wingspan: ??? Weight: 150 g Diet: Seeds and inscets DNA fragment: ..CATAGCATCC.. Grey-crowned crane Balearica regulorum Distribution: sub-Saharan Africa Wingspan: ~200 cm Weight: 3 kg Diet: Omnivorous DNA fragment: ..ACTACCTTAG.. Budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus Distribution: Australia Wingspan: 30 cm Weight: 30-40 g Diet: Seeds, grains and nuts DNA fragment: ..TGTACCGGAT.. Kea Nestor notabilis Distribution: South isl. of New Zealand Wingspan: ~100 cm Weight: 922 g Diet: Omnivorous DNA fragment: ..TGTGCTGGGC.. American crow Corvus brachyrhynchos Distribution: America Wingspan: 85-100 cm Weight: 320-620g Diet: Νuts, ggs DNA fragment: ..ATAAGTGGTC.. Medium ground-finch Geospiza fortis Distribution: Galápagos Wingspan: ??? Weight: 18-32 g Diet: Seeds, grains and nuts DNA fragment: ..ATAAGTGGTC.. Golden-collared manakin Manacus vitellinus Distribution: Panama and W. Colombia Wingspan: ??? Weight: 18 g Diet: Small fruits and insects DNA fragment: ..AATGGTGGTC..
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