Seven Birds and a Zebra

Each April – though spring can feel far – new birds fly daily into Brooklyn. Hundreds of species pass through NYC during their migration from South America to northern breeding grounds. A single bird will travel thousands of miles. The city’s parks and ponds offer serious R&R.

So it seems an appropriate moment to honor birds. This slideshow features seven different kinds of birds from the St. Louis Zoo. Whenever I return home, my mom and I will visit the zoo, which is among the largest, most ethical zoos in the world. The Bird House contains seven spacious aviaries built of nearly invisible piano-wire.

For years I have admired the straightforward prose of animal info signs. Better than any literature I’ve come across, these signs effortlessly evoke nature’s violence, mysteriousness, gorgeousness, sexiness, and ceaseless activity. Accompanying captions were copied down using my mom’s pencil. I used her back for a writing surface.

As the title suggests, this slideshow ends with the Grévy’s Zebra.


Bateleur Eagle (Africa) – “It eats just about any small animal it encounters, dead or alive.”

image – Stevie-B


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  • david miller

    was really feeling the descriptions / images in a sort of stoke but strange sadness as well.

    they seem 'disembodied' / cataloged in a way that reflects 'how we see the world.'

    we being the ppl descended from those who conquered / displaced those who lived here before and surely had other names for / way of 'seeing' these birds.

  • Becca

    Interesting point about the Blyth's Hornbill (image 8). I guess human males aren't all that different. Picture any dancefloor or party.

    • Becca

      I mean image 7.

  • veganleather

    Eagle looks hungry.

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