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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.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s Feathered Friend - Alice the Scarlet Ibis, (Eudocimus ruber). Some people confuse her with a flamingo since she is also long-legged and bright pink. Flamingos however are much larger and spend most of their time on the ground. Alice likes to spend her time mainly in the canopy during the day basking in the sunshine. Since she is crepuscular Alice is most active at dusk and dawn and that is when she comes down to the ground to eat.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Katie Peterson, Denver Zoo Education Keeper

The month of March was full of so many exciting personal firsts for me! First time driving eight hours on my own, first time seeing a wild badger and a wild bob cat, first time working as a field research assistant, and my first time observing prairie dog breeding behavior! All of these exciting firsts are thanks to being a member of John Hoogland’s 2014 Prairie Dog Squad.

Introducing Juniper, this week’s Feathered Friend. She is a 1-year-old black-footed penguin, also called an African penguin (Spheniscus demersus). She lives with 21 other African penguins here at Denver Zoo where she hatched in May 2013. Juniper is special because you can actually meet her! She was chosen to be an ambassador for her species in Denver Zoo’s Animal Encounter program. Her keepers started working with her from about 30 days old to get her used to meeting new people.

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