Can You Name These Birds?

Which birds decorate this ancient Roman villa?


Composite of Bird Mosaics (2010-06) by Robert K. Vincent and Tara Todras-WhitehillAmerican Research Center In Egypt (ARCE)

The Villa of the Birds

These beautiful mosaics give this Roman villa it's name: The Villa of the Birds. Situated in the site of Kom el-Dikka in Alexandria, it is one of the best examples example of Roman domestic architecture in Egypt.

Do you know this bird?

It's a parrot.

What is this colorful creature?

This is the common teal.

Which brightly-colored bird is seen here?

This is a purple gallinule.

This unique bird may be more familiar...

It's a peacock.

You've probably seen this common bird before.

It's a pigeon!

Panther Mosaic (2020-09) by Tessa LiteckyAmerican Research Center In Egypt (ARCE)

Bonus Animal!

What is this four-legged creature? 

It's a Panther!

In the room neighboring the birds, this beautiful panther adorns the floor, surrounded by geometric and floral designs.

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The conservation of the Villa of the Birds was carried out from February 1998 to June 1999 financed by ARCE, through the Egyptian Antiquities Project (EAP), and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Supplemental work including landscaping and construction of visitors’ roads was carried out by Polish Egyptian Preservation Mission sponsored jointly by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities and the Polish Center of Archeology. Read more at

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