birdland keeper updates

25th of July 2014 – Species Spotlight Double Wattled Cassowary

This week we need a big spotlight as we feature one of the worlds largest birds (and also most dangerous) Double Wattled Cassowary Casuarius casuarius Also known as the Southern Cassowary, this is one of the worlds biggest birds weighing in at up to 85kg (only the Ostrich is heavier)...

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Summer Family Fun – Day out at Birdland

Looking for things to do this summer - for fantastic family fun, enjoy a day out with a difference at Birdland in the Cotswolds. One of the UK’s biggest bird gardens, discover an array of amazing wildlife. Become a perch for a parrot or a landing pad for an owl at one of...

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18th of July 2014 – Species Spotlight White Stork

Time for this weeks species spotlight and it falls on:   White Stork Ciconia ciconia   White Storks are widespread, breeding in much of Europe, Northern Africa and parts of the Middle East and overwintering in Southern Africa & the Indian Subcontinent.  They are becoming an increasing frequent visitor to...

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King Penguin Egg Laid at Birdland

Keepers at Birdland Park & Gardens in Bourton-on-the-Water are celebrating the arrival of a giant king penguin egg. The 318-gramme, palm-sized egg was produced by long-term partners Lily and Frank. King penguins only produce one egg, and often will not breed for several years, so staff are taking no chances...

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11th of July 2014 – Species Spotlight Bare Faced Curassow

This week we focus on the   Bare Faced Curassow Crax fasciolata Bare Faced Curassow are found throughout much of the Eastern Amazon rainforest where they are relatively common.  They feed on the ground but are equally happy perched up on branches. They are a large bird, with males weighing...

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4th of July 2014 Species Spotlight – Luzon Bleeding Heart Dove

This week we focus on one of our two species of Bleeding Heart Dove   Luzon Bleeding Heart Dove Gallicolumba luzonica As with the other species of Bleeding Heart Dove we keep (the Bartlett's), Luzons are a member of a family of ground doves found in South East Asia.  They...

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View Our Live Flamingo Webcam

There are 6 species of flamingo and we have 2 species at Birdland, the Greater and Caribbean. Click on this link to view our live webcam http://213.120.175.2/view/index.shtml Flamingos have quite elaborate courtship displays, dancing and synchronisation, which can usually be seen between April and August. So keep an eye on the webcam...

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27 of June 2014 Species Spotlight – Red Crested Touraco

This week we highlight a species who have eggs for the first time in a couple of years   Red Crested Touraco Tauraco erythrolophus   These beautiful birds are native to areas of forest and grassland in West Africa, where their numbers are currently though of least concern.  There was...

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20th of June 2014 Species Spotlight – Striated Caracara

This week we take a look at our only Bird of Prey in the park   Striated Caracara Phalcoboenus australis With only 500 breeding pairs in the wild, the Striated Caracara is one of our rarest inhabitants and they are listed as near threatened.  In the past they were heavily...

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13th of June 2014, Species Spotlight – Azure Wing Magpie

This week we highlight a species who fledged 2 chicks   Azure Wing Magpie Cyanopica cyana   There are 2 distant sub species of the Azure Wing, with one population (the one we keep) found in China, Japan & Korea, and the other located in Spain and Portugal.  They inhabit...

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