The tropical and subtropical birds must ever be watchful to guard against surprise by the savage alligators some of which weigh one thousand pounds. The swimming birds are easily caught by the feet and dragged below for alligators dinners. A few of the many kinds of birds taht hae made homes in the Ocklawaha Forest of great interest to the tourists are the Scarlet Flamingo, Sand Hill Crane, King Fisher, Red Winged Spoonbill, Parquet, Pink Curlew and Whooping Crane. The last named when tamed on hearing the noise of arrival of human acquaintance will utter its characteristic look like call and come as fast as wings will bring it. The Sand Hill Crane is very large, about four feet tall and very easily tamed, its bright feathers are of robin's egg blue. Other birds have interesting characteristics.