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By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week's Feathered Friend, Hendrix, an American flamingo, also known as a Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber). Hendrix hatched at Denver Zoo at the Avian Propagation Building in 2008. He lives with a flock of 73 other birds and can be recognized by the green band with the number “29” on his right leg.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Katrina Eschweiler, Denver Zoo Grounds Technician 

“Feed me Seymour,” the famous words of Hollywood’s other worldly man-eating plant, Audrey 2, from Little Shop of Horrors, is one of the many exaggerations of carnivorous plants. The fiction world has characterized these plants as colossal, man-eating monsters with insatiable appetites, while in reality they are small, feeding only on insects and, in some cases, small vertebrates. What is a carnivorous plant, and what makes them so different from other groups of plants?

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Jackie, a 14-year-old Edward’s Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus capistrat).

She is one of 51 lorikeets that lives at Lorikeet Adventure, with a total of seven different species. You can recognize Jackie by her bright yellow chest feathers. The rest of her body is almost all green, with dark blue cheeks and chin. There is one other Edward’s Lorikeet at Lorikeet adventure, Jasmine.

By Trevor Johnson, Denver Zoo Horticulture Specialist

Spring here at Denver Zoo is a very exciting time of year. The next time you are walking our grounds, take a closer look into the flower beds. While March is still a bit early to see much of our flower collection, we do have a few that will catch your eye—mostly spring bulbs, the first harbingers of the growing season.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Tater, a 9-year-old male Hottentot teal (Anas punctata).

It is often assumed that Tater is a baby duck, since he is relatively small. However, as one of the smallest species of waterfowl, Hottentot teals only weigh up to half of a pound as adults.

By Monique Fair, Denver Zoo Horticulture Technician

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s Feathered Friend, Marvin, a green-winged dove (Chalcophaps indica), also known as an emerald dove. Marvin arrived from the San Diego Zoological Gardens in 2012 to be paired with his mate, Jasmine, who was also featured in a previous Feathered Friend blog.

By Sam Polce, Denver Zoo Horticulture Technician

By Alan Gray, Denver Zoo Irrigation Coordinator

Did you know that ET is at Denver Zoo? It’s true! I guess I should clarify that this isn’t the cute little ET we all know from the movie. This ET is short for evapotranspiration. 

What exactly is evapotranspiration? It is a term used to describe the water lost from soil by two distinct processes, evaporation and transpiration.


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