Endemic to Santa Cruz Island, the Island Scrub Jay is the only insular endemic landbird in North America. As a corvid, this bird has taken a hard hit from the West Nile Virus that has come to the area since 2003. The increase in wildfires and introduced ungulate species has also threatened an already small population.
Found in the grasslands and deserts of North and South America, the Burrowing Owl is active during the day unlike other owl species. They use prairie dog burrows for their roosts and their long legs to sprint along the land in addition to flight. Their populations are threatened by habitat loss and the declining population of prairie dogs.
"The school bully wanted to pummel me every day after school. I would walk home, and he would wait for me. He would come out from behind a corner and — just like in some old movie — he would start beating on me. One day he came after me, and I said, ‘Stop! I will draw you a picture of Darth Vader if you leave me alone.’
"And he had his fist cocked, and he said, ‘Really?’
"And I said, ‘Yeah, and it’ll be GOOD. I promise.’"
— Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon writer/director Dean DeBlois on when he began to suspect he might have a future in art
Also known as the Guácharo, the Oilbird is a nocturnal bird of northern South America, feeding on the fruits of oil palm and take the title of the only flying fruit-eating bird. Living in caves, they use echolocation similar to bats, but their high-pitched clicks can be heard by humans.