Finches & More

Finches, Starlings, Thrushes and Jays

Birdland is home to a large representation of these birds whose diets include fruit, insects, meat and seed.  Delicate members of the group can be found in the Temperate and Desert House.

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Azure-Winged Magpie

Cyanopica cyana

Also known as the Blue-tailed Magpie. Adapts well to habitat/climate change from warmer areas in Europe to heavy snows in Japan. Very fast, flighty birds that congregates in small groups, sometimes as large as 30 individuals, even in the breeding season. Hunting insects, invertebrates etc. in trees, bushes and on...

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Bali Starling

Leucopsar rothschildi

The Bali Starling is also known as the Rothschild’s Mynah. This rare white member of the starling family was first discovered in 1912 by Dr.E.Stressemann and was named after Baron Rothschild, a zoologist and author There are 28 collections with this species in the UK and all are part of an internationally co-ordinated...

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Occipital Blue Pie

Urocissa erythroryncha

Also known as the Red-billed Blue Magpie.  Like other magpies and jays they will use their powerful feet to clutch pieces of food and tear at them. It does not appear to like holding wet or sticky food in its feet and will place these in a crevice and hack at...

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Canary (Domestic)

Serinus canarius

Canaries were first bred in captivity in the 1600s. They were brought over by Spanish sailors  to Europe. Monks started breeding them and only sold the males (which sing). This kept the birds in short supply and drove the price up. Eventually Italians obtained hens and were able to breed...

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Desert Finch

Rhodopechys obsoleta

Also known as Black-billed or Lichtenstein’s Finch. Not necessarily a striking bird, but the pink flashing in the wings has made it quite a popular cage bird which has had adverse effectson its population. Similarly the Linnet in Britain, along with many other British finches were kept in small cages,...

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Emerald Starling

Lamprotornis iris

Usually seen in small family groups, however can be seen in feeding groups of 50 plus. Nesting: Nests in holes in trees, where the female incubates the 3 – 4 eggs alone for about 14 days. Both parents feed the chicks,  which fledge (leave) the nest after about 16 days....

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Grey Treepie

Dendrocitta formosae

Also known as the Himalayan Treepie. Often found in small groups of 4 to 6 birds foraging for food from the tops of the forest to the forest floor. Related to other birds at Birdland, such as the Azure-wing Magpie and the Blue Pie. Nesting: The nest is a flimsy...

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Java Sparrow

Padda oryzivora

Also known as the Rice Eater because of the devastation they can cause to a rice crop. The Java Sparrow inhabits open woodlands, often bordering cultivated areas, and is also found in mangroves, grassland, towns and villages. It is found in both coastal and inland areas, up to 1,500 metres...

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Red-Billed Starling

Sturnus sericeus

Also known as the Silky Starling and is from China. Like the British starling they winter roost in large numbers, the largest number recorded was 5,000 individuals at one site. Habitat: Hilly country and low altitude cultivated areas with scattered trees. They feed intrees and on the ground. Nesting: Red-billed...

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Red-Crested Cardinal

Paroaria coronate

The red-crested Cardinal’s head, throat and breast are an amazing scarlet colour. It feeds on the ground for seeds, plant matter, insects, and fruit. Often found in pairs or small family groups. Also known as the Brazilian Cardinal. Nesting: 2-5 eggs are laid and are incubated for 12-13 days before the...

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