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By Tess Hebebrand, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper 

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Ethel! Ethel is a ruddy shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), a species of duck found in northern Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. She is part of the shelduck subfamily, which are somewhat gooselike with short bills, long legs, and an upright stance. Ruddy shelducks are semi-terrestrial, which means they spend a lot of their time on land, but require a nearby water source.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Hermie, a Nicobar pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica) born at Denver Zoo in 1992. At 22 years old, Hermie is the oldest of the Nicobar group, whom she lives with in the Rainforest room of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Say hello to Myrtle, a 19-year-old, green-naped pheasant pigeon (Otidiphaps nobilis nobilis), and long-time resident here at Denver Zoo. She is a regular attraction in the Rainforest room of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines. Myrtle has been at the Zoo since 1995.

By Sue Peters, Denver Zoo Polar Bear Keeper

I was able to celebrate my birthday while at Churchill on October 28. What an awesome place to spend it! We finally saw ice that day! It’s what was referred to as “grease ice” up here, which is the first stage to the bay freezing over. Hopefully there will be a continuing trend of cold, otherwise it melts and the process starts all over again.

By Jessica Meehan, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jessi Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Stella, a 15-year-old rhinoceros hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros). She lives with her mate, Saint, a 16-year-old male in the Treetops exhibit in the middle of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines. Rhinoceros hornbills are one of the largest of the hornbill species. The word "rhinoceros" is of Greek origin "rhino," meaning "nose," and "ceros," meaning "horn." Therefore, the Rhinoceros Hornbill's name means, "Nose Horn Hornbill!"

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Hochi, a red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis). 

The red-crowned crane is native to the wetlands of Japan, China, Russia, Mongolia and Korea. Some cultures consider this species to be a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity. While folklore believes that they live 1000 years, in actuality they live 50 to 70 years under human care. Red-crowned cranes stand about five feet tall, weigh 15 to 22 pounds and have a wingspan of about eight feet. 

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

We’d like to introduce you to Lou, this week’s feathered friend. Lou is a female, blue-naped mousebird (Urocolius macrourus), a species formerly named blue-naped colies (Colius macrourus.) She turned seven this past February. Her keepers have grown very close to her after they spent a lot of time caring for her, following an accident that broke her leg. She is very small and only weighs 44 grams (about the weight of 9 nickels.)

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