Also known as a Leaf Monkey, they are very affectionate with each other. I observed them giving great heartfelt hugs. At the Los Angeles Zoo.
A relative of the extinct Passenger Pigeon, Band-tailed Pigeons are larger than Rock Doves. Here one wanders through the backyard garden.
Though they live here year-round, they appear to be little nomads. A flock may hang around the yard for months and then suddenly disappear.
Against a backdrop of intensely hued bougainvillea blooms, an Allen's Hummingbird demonstrates one of his superpowers.
Eleven month old Lena was shopping with Hunter, her dad, who described their relationship in glowing terms. "My wife didn't know she loved animals this much until we adopted her from the shelter. She is a gift, like a second daughter. We are so in love with her." Good job transforming people's lives, Lena!
In the wild, these social raptors hunt in groups. This one's name is Uhane, Hawaiian for spirit or ghost. She lives with a falconer.
Benny was dumped on the street in an industrial area of East Los Angeles. He had to fend for himself by hiding under trucks, dodging vehicles and scavenging for food. Rescued by good samaritans, he now lives with a family who adores him. He is only too happy to return the love.
In constant motion, these lively aerialists announce their presence by twittering to one another while foraging in the trees and bushes. So much life in a little pouf of feathers.