OKC Zoo Birds: A Top Ten

Have you ever wanted to see so many birds in one place? So much nature? Well, this zoo is heaven for me! Since my parents have a membership, I can visit whenever I want. Whenever I go there, the first exhibit I scurry off to is the Dan Moran Aviary. There are 3 sections of the building, and it can get hot in there despite the giant fan. Of course, the whole park is teeming with life, right? So this is my top ten list of birds to see at the OKC Zoo.

10. Roadrunner

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I think he’s eating a fetal mouse.

When I first saw this roadrunner, I thought, “Man, this thing is bigger than I expected!” In fact, he is 23 inches from beak to tail. One time I was driving down the street when I saw one, but he didn’t look this large! When I approached it with my camera, he scurried away in an instant, raising his wings and long tail. He slowly came back, fleeting along a bit of fence like a gymnast on a balance beam. I thought he was really cool looking, so that’s why he is on this list.

Roadrunners are native to Oklahoma and the rest of the American Southwest. Their diet consists of small animals, snakes, and lizards. In the wild, they zip away from predators like coyotes and hawks. They can sprint up to 15 miles per hour and fly for a bit before having to land. They are just more suited for running! You can find him at the Oklahoma Trails and the Sam Moore Bird Gardens.

9. Flamingo

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    One of the first things I saw at the zoo were the flamingos. There are two flocks in the zoo, and both are pretty talkative! They look funny when they’re drinking water because they flip their head completely upside down. I’ve taken plenty of pictures of these birds. Some were even giving me the evil eye!

8. African Collared Doves

Left: Landed right over my head! Right: Two lovebirds!
Left: Landed right over my head! Right: Two lovebirds!

These doves are really accustomed to people. One flew and almost hit my head! When it landed on a branch nearby, it actually let me touch its tail! I was so happy I got to interact with one of my favorite birds. They live in the Dan Moran Aviary, and sometimes you can hear their cooing from outside the building. When I pointed my camera at them, they started to bob their heads up and down like they were trying to get different angles of me.

7. Ruddy Ducks

So Cute!
So Cute!

   I love all ducks in general because they are so cute! This little guy is from Argentina and is very eager to swim. He is about a foot long from beak to tail, so he is smaller than your average Mallard. His big feet help hip steer underwater, and they have a very bright blue beak. His feathers are a beautiful shade of chocolate brown.

6. Grey Ducks

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Creating quite a splash!

   Here is another cute duck! They have pretty grey feathers with white spots at the ends. I forgot the name for this one so it would be nice if I could find out what it was again. I like this picture because you can see how a duck takes a bath! They walk around in little groups, so it is like a cute line of ducks.

5. Australian Magpie

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    We don’t have magpies here in Oklahoma, nor have I ever seen one, so I really wanted to see one in real life. He was a little bigger than a crow and has black and white plumage. All of a sudden, I heard some jumbled riff-raff coming from his exhibit. Some other visitor noted that he sounded like R2-D2 from Star Wars! I cracked up at that one! This is my best picture of this bird, since he was skittish and the fence blocked my view. This is one intricate sounding bird!

4. Peafowl

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    If you go to the OKC Zoo, you just can’t miss the peacocks! Literally! There everywhere! They like to walk around places that they would get fed, like the picnic areas or the entrance. Some even pose and fan out their massive tail! This happened to me once, as more and more visitors surrounded me trying to get a picture of the extravagant bird. Of course, my parents were standing a safe distance away. Last time I came I saw this rare albino peacock, so I quickly whipped out my camera and got a shot of him.

3. Blue-Green Macaw

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   This is one of the Amazon’s greatest birds. I really like the vibrant plumage and the huge beak of this bird. I had to walk around from two different angles just to get a good view, and I almost tripped!

2. Bald Eagle

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    Yay! America’s national bird! I think they are very cool looking. The bald eagles at the OKC Zoo are special. They have both gotten into accidents that rendered flying impossible, so the zoo patched them up and are now living happily together. Getting a good picture was hard because:1. They were too far away, and 2. They were more interested in not looking at me. Well, at least you can’t see them until winter in the wild.

1. Laughing Thrush

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    We are finally at number 1! This is by far my favorite bird at zoo because he is cute and loves to talk. In fact, last time we went, my mom noticed it making a lot of squealing noises. Being the bird whisperer of the family, she whistled back. It looked like they were having one decent conversation! I was laughing the whole time! It was only a coincidence that he was sitting at the very front of the exhibit, so I got very good shots of this interesting bird.

    Thanks for reading my post. I love going to the zoo, so maybe their will be different birds next time! Stay up to date on my wonderful photography by following my blog.

                                                                          Hope you have a nice day!


Do you want to find a nice park in the OKC Area? Here’s St. Martin’s Park!

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Just some of the many things to see at St. Martin’s Park!

Do you want to find a unique experience in the OKC Metro Area? Do you need a place to run away from your current troubles? Well, your prayers have been answered. This nature center is the coolest place to go if you want a brief and casual experience away from city life. Its hours are 5:00 am to 9:00 pm (they change depending on the season), and it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for maintenance. I can see why it isn’t open late, because of the fabled beasts that roam the land (coyotes, foxes, the like). The park is on the corner of West Memorial Road and N Meridian, and you can look for the Mercy Hospital behind the trees if you need to locate the parking lot. Some other attractions near it include Lake Hefner, Quail Springs Mall, and Quail Creek Golf and Country Club. You can have a nice day out and burn your money at the mall!

What’s here

When you arrive at the park, you’ll notice that there are three paths. One leads to the Pollinator’s playground, where you can bring your kids to play. The second path leads to a bridge where you can feed the many turtles that call this little creek home. There is actually a ginormous snapping turtle (4 feet long?) if you look carefully. The turtles are sure fun to watch when they swim around begging for food. I just realized the third path existed last time I went. The third path winds next to the pavilion where you can walk on the edge of the park. There is a meadow with a trail surrounding it so if you’re among the lucky, you can spot a deer! My mom stealthily pointed out a bird I almost missed.

I'm 85% for Mockingbird on this one.
I’m 85% for Mockingbird on this one.

Now, you know I’m not a know-it-all when it comes to a park that I don’t regularly come to, but there are 2.5 miles of trails for you to hike. The trails are easy, nothing hard if you can walk on two legs, but include steps and slopes if you are worried about someone’s health. The park’s size is 144 acres of meadows, forests, and creeks. The two waterways that run through it are Bluff and Spring Creek, add a small pond. I love how there are so many things to explore when you pay attention to your surroundings. If the idea of a few hours of peace doesn’t rile you up, I don’t know what will!

After gazing at the turtles, if you walk straight you might see a 20-foot tall lookout tower. This is a great opportunity to take pictures of the wildlife  and gaze at treetops. Next time I go, I might want to check it out, but due to the abundance of wasps, I wussed out.

Turtle Bridge is a large iron bridge that connects the park in the middle. If you have cereal, you can feed the many big fish that live under it. Carp and Catfish live throughout the park and will happily battle over one piece of food. I love it when they open their mouth to gulp up the pieces!

River bed of the creek.
River bed of the creek.

The most visited part of this park (In my opinion!) is the creek that has very red rocks. The rocks make it unique, because they have grey circles that are created by the iron deposits in the rock. You can also find little clam shells on the riverbed, I usually take an old one as a souvenir. The part of the creek that you see once you enter is about one foot deep with rocks stretching the length of the creek, so you can easily get to the other side on foot. It is a really cool sight to see with the clear water.


There are the standard amenities, like bathrooms and benches. Benches are common within the park, so it won’t be that hard to find them. I don’t know about the bathrooms though, might go see for yourself? Maybe it’s all yuck.

Near the entrance, there is a visitor center with a bee hive with over 8,000 bees. There are also a few other exhibits you can play around with, which I’m mot going to name, so you can see for yourself! The visitor center also houses the park office, so if there is any problem with anything you can let them know.

There also is a pavilion and a story center that you can rent out and use for gatherings and parties. The story center is good for children that want to listen to a enthralling native tale. If you want to rent out those places for your groups, you can call 405-297-1429. 


This little guy let me get four feet away before scurrying off!
This little guy let me get four feet away before scurrying off!

There are a variety of animals that are all native to Oklahoma. There are no introduced animals that aren’t native. Some land animals are predatory, such as coyotes, bobcats, raccoon, badgers, and foxes. I’ve never seen one of those here, but someday…*gazes off into the distance*… Sorry! I really want to see one in person outside of the zoo someday, but moving on!

Some other herbivores include deer and squirrels. One time I was really lucky and there were a whole family of deer, a buck, a doe, and some fawn! To bad I didn’t have my camera at the time.

The park offers a variety of birds such as cardinals, blue birds, phoebes, and finches. Hummingbirds can be a sight to see if you come at the right time. Kingfishers, herons, egrets, and hawks also exist here to prey on smaller animals. I really want to take a picture of a kingfisher, since their huge bills just look too cool.


There are a lot of different trees in this park, such as sugar maple, poplars, and cedar. If you come in the spring, prepare for the onslaught of allergies! Some of the trees are at least 75 feet tall. Lots of creatures can be found if you look towards the treetops in the sky. I found a woodpecker when we were about to leave when I heard the unmistakable sound of the creature punching bullet holes in the bark.

Native flowers are also a great aspect of this park. There are many cool flowers, such as Fire wheels, coneflowers, and bluebonnet. The bees from the visitor center’s bee colony are always seen pollinating the plants and sucking up nectar. If look around, some parts of the park are inhabited by cactus plants, so watch your step and don’t step off the trail!


  • There is no fishing, no pets, no hunting, no picking flowers, no fires, no, nothing that hurts the environment. (because if you’re reading this blog, you obviously love nature, right?)
  • No swimming in the big creek, but people wade in the water anyways, so, I guess walking in the shallow area is fine?
  • Almost all the plants and animals are native to Oklahoma.
  • You can call if you need to reserve any part of the park. 405-297-1429 
  • I found some info about programs in the park here.

Thank you for taking the time to read this long post and hope it gives you a great insight on what to expect if you’re visiting St. Martin’s park. If you’ve never been here, or been here all your life, I hope you’ve enjoyed my guide.

Have a wonderful day!