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    Emperor Penguins

    Discover the Secret of Their Speed

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Bird Features

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    A Flight of Birds

    See a whooping crane, a Javan rhinoceros hornbill, and more stunning birds photographed by Joel Sartore.

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    What's That Bird?

    Identify your backyard visitors in a flash! Just answer four simple questions to search our database of 150 backyard birds common to Canada and the U.S.

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    Explore the pelican’s prodigious pouch. Find out how these famous fishers bring home the catch of the day.

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    Bird Pictures

    Get right up close to 12 colorful new bird galleries, featuring photos from My Shot members and classic art from the NG archives.

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    Backyard Birds Quiz

    How much do you know about the feathered visitors to your backyard? Put your avian IQ to the test with this quiz.

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Big Cat Week

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    Tracking Orphaned Cougars in the Wild

    The cougar is one of the iconic animals of the Americas. Its range stretches from the Yukon to the southern tip of Chile, yet it has been one of the least understood of all the big cats, until now.

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    The Safari Live Bingo Challenge

    Bring the beauty of Africa into your home. Watch and play along for your chance to win a Safari to Tanzania from National Geographic Expeditions.



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    It’s a Big Cat Throwdown

    Sometimes big cats find themselves in big spats. Check out some of the fiercest battles from Big Cat Week.