Zeb the Duck here. We are at the Denver Zoo again.
This time we head for Bird World.
We will see many of my kind of creatures. Penguins greet us in front of the building.
These are warm weather penguins.
I love them!
Here is our first greeter.
So colorful. Heading into the rain forest area.
Look at the bright red head of this green winged macaw.
His friend is the blue and gold macaw. These macaws eat clay from the riverbanks. This neutralizes toxins in some of the poisonous plants they eat. They use their large, strong beaks to crack nuts and crush seeds and also as a third leg to grab branches while climbing trees.
The Hotttentot Teal is my relative. This is the smallest African duck
and he lives in freshwater marshes in sub Sahara Africa. He feds by putting his bill under water feeling for, and eating, seeds, invertebrates and plants. He takes cover in shoreline vegetation. This little duck grows to 11 inches.
This Elegant Crested Tinamou is a secretive bird. You will hear him more often that see him.
His feathers provide a great camouflage in the dense vegetation he calls home. This tinamou lives in the low dry shrub land of Argentina and Southern Chile.
Another relative. This African Pygmy Goose is not really a goose.
He is one of Africa’s small ducks. This guy grows to 13 inches. He lives in freshwater lakes and streams of sub Sahara African and Madagascar. The African Pygmy Goose (a duck relative) hides in floating vegetation.
Between rooms in Bird World we delighted in seeing this Rhinoceros Hornbill.
He moves real fast!
White-faced Whistling Ducks certainly are curious.
The sign says they are attentive to each other. That is only partially true.
We became good friends.
This Tawny Frogmouth hunts like an owl at night and during the day he perches motionless on a branch.
This Tawny Frogmouth is alive. No dead stuffed birds in Bird World.
I like the blue-breasted kingfisher.
This kingfisher lives in tropical Africa and prefers wooded habitats where insects are plentiful.
He grows to 10 inches and is related to our local belted kingfisher.
Green Aracari is a type of toucan. His large, but lightweight bill, is perfect for feeding on tropical fruit
and caring for those beautiful feathers. He is about 10 inches and lives in the lowland forests of northeast South America.
These birds, some are my relatives, are magnificent. You will love seeing them. Mom and I spent a long time at Bird World. Hope to see you at the Denver soon, but if you don’t live here, visit your local zoo. You will have a great day there!