We are celebrating birds behaving badly over the February Half Term Holidays starting Saturday 13 until Sunday 21 February 2016.
From blood-sucking songbirds and puking penguins to stinking storks and spitting swallows, our keepers will reveal revolting facts about some of the world’s baddest birds.
There will be toxic talks and terrible trails highlighting the horrible aspects of natural history and visitors will also be able to meet some real feathered critters during special meet the creatures sessions.
“Despite their often angelic reputations, birds are definitely among the worst behaved animals on the planet with some truly disgusting table manners.
The have also devised devilish defences and awfully amazing attacking abilities,” said Head Keeper, Alistair Keen.
“The Marabou Stork defecates on itself in order to cool its legs, fulmar chicks aim projectile vomit at the face of any potential threats and oxpecker birds will open old wounds on cattle in Africa in order to drink their blood!
“The so-called ‘stink bird’ from New Guinea eats toxic beetles and then converts it into poison which covers its wings.”
We have more than 500 birds, ranging from the UK’s only breeding colony of king penguins and parrots to cassowaries and cranes in a mix of free-flying and aviary displays.