5th of October 2014 – Species Spotlight Nicobar Pigeon

This weeks spotlight is a couple of days late - apologies for that, we have been very busy hand rearing the penguin chick.  This week we turn our attention to   Nicobar Pigeon Caloenas nicobarica Nicobars are native to a group of small islands and coastal regions of Asia, mainly...

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26th of September 2014 – Species Spotlight Southern Ground Hornbill

This week we spotlight   Southern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri   The largest of the Hornbills, Southern Ground Hornbills are one of two members of the Ground Hornbill family, the other being the Abyssian Ground Hornbill which we also keep. They are found in open grassland, savannahs & woodlands of...

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19th of September 2014 – Species Spotlight Zebra Finch

This week we focus on one of our smallest inhabitants   Zebra Finch Taeniopygia guttata Commonly held by private avicultursists, Zebra Finches are one of our smallest and most active inhabitants of the park.  They are found throughout most of Australia & also in Indonesia.  Feral populations have established around...

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13th of September 2014 – Species Spotlight King Penguin Chick

Apologies for the late bloggage, a combination of difficulty getting on the website, a now mobile baby and the topic of this weeks blog means I ran out of time yesterday!   This week we have been thrilled to announce the hatching of the first King Penguin chick in the...

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5th of September 2014 – Species Spotlight Hawaiian Goose

This week saw the arrival of a new species for us so what better than to blog about them   Hawaiian Goose Branta sandvicensis     Also known as the Nene, Hawaiian Geese are only found on the islands of Hawaii, where they are the state bird.  Listed as vulnerable,...

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29th of August 2014 – Species Spotlight – White Naped Crane

This week the spotlight falls on one of our tallest inhabitants   White Naped Crane Grus vipio White Naped Cranes are native to parts of Russia, Mongolia and China, where they breed. They migrate as far a field as Korea, Japan & Taiwan.  They tend to favour areas of wetlandNumbers...

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22nd of August 2014 – Species Spotlight Temminck’s Tragopan

This week it is a member of the pheasant family to take the spotlight   Temminck's Tragopan Tragopan temminckii   There are 5 members of the Tragopan and the Temminck's is probbly the most commonly seen in Aviculture.  They are found in the forests of South East Asia, ranging from...

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15th of August 2014 – Species Spotlight Crowned Plover

This week we are highlighting a species that have bred successfully for us over the years and who hatched 3 chicks earlier this week   Crowned Plover Vanellus coronatus   Also known as the Crowned Lapwing, they are a member of a subfamily of Lapwing that also includes Masked &...

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8th of August, 2014 – Species Spotlight – Red Winged Starling

This week we spotlight Red Winged Starling Onychognathus morio These birds are native to Eastern Africa, where they are found ranging from Ethiopia down to the Cape in South Africa.  They are found in a wide range of habitats, from forest to grassland and are also becoming increasingly frequent in...

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1st of August, 2014 – Species Spotlight – Spectacled Owl

This coming Monday see us celebrate International Owl Awareness Day so it feels only fitting to blog about an Owl species this week   Spectacled Owl Pulsatrix perspicillata Spectacled Owls are a large, nocturnal species of Owl native to much of Central & South America.  The frequent areas of tropical...

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