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FEATHERED FRIENDS FEBRUARY

Feathered Friends February is a month long celebration of birds at the zoo from February 3rd through February 25th. Visit to see special keeper talks and get to know the individual birds. Challenge yourself to get to know all 15 featured feathered friends.

 

 

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Presenting Jake, the Edward's pheasant!

Presenting Jake the Edwards’s pheasant. Jake spends most of his time with his mate, Isabelle. Edward’s pheasants are currently listed as critically endangered, so Jake and Isabelle are considered ambassadors for their species. Jake and Isabelle are recommended to have chicks as part of the AZA  Species Survival Plan (SSP). 

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Meet Skeletor, a Nicobar pigeon!

Skeletor was named for the patchy appearance he gets on his head when he molts or loses feathers to make way for new ones to grow in. There are several Nicobar pigeons in the Rainforest room, but you can recognize Skeletor by his blue band on his leg. 

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Introducing Big Irv,
one of our cinereous vultures!

Big Irv enjoys building nests, which is why he can often be seen carrying sticks around his habitat. The huge nest is easy to spot right at the front of the Nurture Trail, but please keep your distance and respect the vultures’ space.

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Meet Vern, the Inca tern!

Vern loves spending time with his friend Fern. The two are the youngest in the tern flock. Feeding time is Vern’s favorite. He prefers to have his fish tossed to him rather than eating out of the bowl.

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Introducing Darla,
a female red-crowned crane!

One of Darla’s favorite activities is dancing. Crane dancing is very striking and includes steps like bowing, stretching, leaping and prancing. Because of her long, coiled trachea, Darla also has the ability to make interesting sounds like purring, alarm calls and duet calls.

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Meet Ursula,
a female Steller's sea eagle!

Steller’s sea eagles are the heaviest eagle species and have a wing span of 6-8 feet. Ursula was introduced to her mate, Vlad the Impaler, in 2012. They usually nest in the winter, so look on the rockwork to see if you spot a nest.

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Introducing Evita,
a female Andean condor!

Populations of this raptor are decreasing, but Evita’s chicks are helping to give wild birds a boost. Two of Evita’s offspring have been reintroduced to their native habitat. Evita’s other chicks are raising awareness as ambassadors for their species and hopefully will have young of their own.

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Meet Hendrix,
a male American flamingo!

See if you can spot him in the group, which is also known as a stand. He has a green band with the number 29 on his right leg. Like Hendrix, most of the American flamingos at Denver Zoo are named after famous guitarists.

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Meet Lucy,
a female African pygmy goose!

Even though Lucy is called a goose, she is actually a duck. African pygmy geese are the world’s smallest waterfowl species and have a stubby goose-like bill. Lucy and her mate look quite different. She has duller feathers, while her mate is brightly colored.

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Introducing Reese, the rainbow lory!

Reese lives with her mate, Errol. Reese has a specialized tongue for feeding on nectar. Tiny hair-like structures, ‘papillae’ line the end of the tongue.  When extended, the papillae stand on end, like bristles on a brush, allowing nectar to be soaked up.

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Meet Skyler,
a male spangled cotinga!

Skyler is shy but stands out with his brilliantly colored feathers and sweet personality. He is probably the most striking bird in Bird World due to his coloration. Skyler eats many different kinds of food including apples, grapes and bananas. His favorite food is waxworms.

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Meet Sorento,
the kea, the only alpine parrot species!

Keas are very intelligent birds, so keepers must work hard to make sure Sorento and his mate, Anna, stay busy. In the late afternoon Sorento can be found exploring to find what is hidden inside his enrichment items. His exhibit is almost always a mess!

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Meet Gulliver,
a green-winged macaw!

Gulliver and her best friend Spirit, a blue-and-yellow macaw can usually be found sitting right next to each other. These macaws have strong beaks for cracking nuts and seeds. Their beaks are so strong they can snap a broomstick in half! 

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Introducing Tom,
a male white-headed buffalo weaver!

Tom loves nest building with his mate B. Weaver. To form the inner dome of this unique nest,birds like Tom mush together feathers, grass and leaves. For the outside they use hard materials like twigs. The finishing touch is an entry at the bottom of the nest.

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Presenting Swanton, the black-necked swan!

Swanton hatched on April 10, 2004, which makes him an older bird. The Sea Shore exhibit makes it easier for Swanton to stay active. Swanton can get in and out of the shallow pool, and he enjoys swimming to follow the guests that walk by.

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