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This is one spunky bighorn sheep in Kofa National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona! The sheep gets its name from, you guessed it, its large horns. Even though they live in a herd, there is no dominance hierarchy, so they have no leader. Males (AKA rams) will compete with each other over a female, or ew, but the “winner” of the fight doesn’t have social dominance over the “loser.” They just go their separate ways. 📸: USFWS
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Hippo friends in South Africa captured by the talented @robertirwinphotography! Check back next Monday for another Robert photo.
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Follow the trials and tribulations of running a rescue for special needs dogs when @amandatotherescue premieres Sunday, October 28 at 9p.
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These adorable red fox kits live in a National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. They’re the largest of the fox species and one of the most wildly distributed in the northern hemisphere. Red foxes have close kinship ties and can always be found in pairs, like these siblings. Catch more amazing refuge stories on Into Alaska TONIGHT at 9P on Animal Planet! 📸: Jennifer Cross/USFWS
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Peacock | With its extravagant plumage and piercing calls, the iconic peacock is sure to be noticed in any environment. The function of this bird’s fantastic plumage is actually widely up for debate. Theories range from  being a sign of fitness to it being a way to trick peahens into thinking they’re covered in blueberries. No matter what the theory, we can all agree that they’re beautiful!
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Hyacinth Macaw | From tip to tail, macaws average 3.3 ft, making it the largest of all parrots. These blue birds have very strong beaks to break down the kernels of hard nuts and seeds. Their bony, smooth, dry tongues give them quite the advantage as well, allowing this bird to effectively tap into fruits.
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Hoopoe | Look at that stunning crown of feathers! Hoopoes are monogamous, territorial birds who take their role as parents seriously. They have a special gland that creates a foul-smelling liquid (think rotting meat!), which is a perfect defense against predators.
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Quetzal | Like true millennials, quetzals love avocados and are picky about which ones they eat. These iridescent birds will hover in the air as they selectively pick which fruit they desire, near the ends of tree branches. Even though adults eat a fruit-based diet, chicks prefer insects like wasps or ants.
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Bohemian waxwing | These redheaded birds love berries. In one day, they can eat hundreds of berries, sometimes double their own bodyweight. Records show Bohemian waxwings can eat over 600 berries in six hours. They play an important role in seed dispersal, pooping seeds from the berries they eat — sometimes as frequently as every 40 minutes!
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Blue jay | This blue beauty is such a skilled hunter it can pluck insects right out of the air for a snack. These birds don’t actually get their coloration from pigments within their feathers. Instead, their feather’s intricate design interacts with light in a way that makes them appear blue. If a blue jay’s feather’s structure is tampered with, it loses its blue hue.
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The Irwins aren't always in Australia! @robertirwinphotgraphy captured this stunning red-tailed hawk is in mid-flight in the Klamath Basin of Southern Oregon. Check back every Monday for amazing shots by Robert.
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Golden pheasant | The bright-colored golden pheasant is native to the forests of western China. Like many other bird species, these male pheasants have a showy look, while females are much duller in appearance. The males flaunt what they’ve got, trying to catch the eyes of female suitors. Don’t be fooled, though, even though they’re bright in appearance, they’re a challenge to spot in the dense forests.
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