If these do not look like typical Minnesota birds, you would be correct. I volunteer at Como Zoo in St Paul, and really do not take advantage of the great birds and exhibit of Tropical Encounters. After my lens defogged from the humidity, I took a few shots of some of the great birds. The first three are shots of Paradise Tanagers. They are actually fairly common in the western and northern Amazon Basin in South America.
This next bird is so cool - a Golden-headed Manakin. It is pretty tiny, but packs quite a bit of personality! This one was preening just a few inches from me.