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Denver Zoo zookeepers welcomed the hatching of a hooded crane chick on June 12, thanks to help from the International Crane Foundation.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s feathered friend is the very special Caboose, a baby African pygmy goose (Nettapus auritus). This adorable duck hatched in Denver Zoo’s Avian Propagation Center on July 18. Caboose is unique because he is the first of his species born at Denver Zoo since we first began housing them in 1973. This species has proven very difficult to breed in the past.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

We’re excited to announce this week’s feathered friend, who happens to be a relatively new addition to Denver Zoo: Leo, a scarlet-faced liocichla (Liocichla ripponi).

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s Feathered Friends highlights a species currently supported by one of Denver Zoo’s conservation projects in the United States -- the migratory piping plovers (Charadrius melodus.)

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend Salem, the double-wattled cassowary (Casuarius casuarius), also known as the southern cassowary. There are 3 subspecies of cassowary; the northern cassowary, the dwarf cassowary and the double-wattled cassowary. Members of the ratite family, cassowaries are related to ostrich, emu and rhea, all of which are flightless birds. They are second in size only to the ostrich.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Toano. He is a male bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) that US Fish and Wildlife Service recovered from the wild in 2000 when he got West Nile Virus. His illness was severe enough that he would not have survived in the wild. After his rehabilitation he came to the Denver Zoo in 2002 and now he tells the plight of the bald eagle to everyone.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing a very tiny feathered friend, Victor. He is a violaceous euphonia (Euphonia violacea). Try saying that three times fast. Vio-lā-ceous U-phone-ia. I totally made that phonetic spelling up, hopefully it helps.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s Feathered Friend is Walter, Denver Zoo’s American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos). Since Walter is not cold tolerant he lives behind the scenes in the bird propagation building over the colder winter months. But right now he lives on Monkey Island and will remain there for the warmer months of the year. He shares Monkey Island with 16 Hooded Capuchins, and 2 East African Crowned Cranes.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing our feathered friend of the week. She is the baby Stellar’s sea eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus). She was hatched here on exhibit by her parents on March 4th.

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