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By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Juliet, a female Luzon bleeding-heart dove (Gallicolumba luzonica). Juliet can be found in the Jungle Exhibit, which is the third room inside Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines.

Juliet is considered one of many species of ground dove, so she spends most of her time walking, but early in the morning or later in the afternoon, you may find her perched mid-level in a tree. This where she feels safe to rest or take a nap.

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Bruiser, a turquoise tanager (Tangara mexicana).

Bruiser is brightly colored with a strikingly blue body, a small dot of turquoise on his wings and a white chest. Some turquoise tanagers have a yellow chest. This species is native to South America. The “white bellied” turquoise tanager is more commonly found in Brazil while the “yellow bellied” can be found in Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, and Venezuela. They live in humid, lowland forests and are very social.

By Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing Darla, this week’s feathered friend, a 28-year-old red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis). Some people consider this species to be a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity and folklore says that they live for 1,000 years. In actuality, they live 50 to 70 years under human care and 20 to 40 in the wild. This is the heaviest species of crane, weighing up to 24 pounds, and they stand about 5 feet tall with a wingspan of up to eight feet. 

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jennifer (Nixon) Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s feathered friend is Peggy, a northern helmeted curassow (Crax pauxi). Peggy is 19 years old and lives in the Primate Panorama Forest Aviary.

By Jennifer (Nixon) Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jennifer (Nixon) Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s feathered friend is Cyril, a blue dacnis (Dacnis cayana). He is one of the smallest, brightest and most colorful birds at Denver Zoo, since arriving on May 9, 2012. Even though he is very bright and colorful, he is not always easy to spot. This is because he likes to spend a lot of time in the canopy and is very small and very fast. He only weighs 12.4 grams, about the weight of a little more than 2 nickels.

By Jennifer (Nixon) Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s feathered friend recognizes an endangered bird that Denver Zoo supports with one of its conservation projects. This week’s special feathered friend is a captive-reared piping plover chick (Charadrius melodus), who goes by many names, including "Smalls," "Tyrion," and "Daniel-son." 

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Chico, a 16-year-old, female Inca tern (Larosterna inca). Chico has been at Denver Zoo since 2007. We currently house six Inca terns, three males and three females. 

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