humboldt penguin

12th of December 2012 – Species Spotlight Ross’ Goose

As we are rapidly approaching Christmas, I thought I would blog about a winter specialist this week   Ross' Goose Chen rossii or Anser rossii Ross' are often misnamed Snow Goose due to their white appearance.  They are closely related to Snow Geese but are quite a bit smaller.  They...

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28th of November 2014 – Species Spotlight Violaceous Turaco

This week we had yet more new arrivals so I'm going to take the opportunity to spotlight one of them   Violaceous Turaco Musophaga violacea Also known as the Violet Turaco or Violet Plantain Eater, they are one of 24 different species of Turaco.  They are unusual in the family...

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31st of October 2014 – Species Spotlight Lilac Breasted Roller

Apologies for the lack of blog last week, very busy with penguin chicks, new humboldts, health and safety & new birds.  One of the new birds is the subject of this weeks blog   Lilac Breasted Roller Coracias caudatus Rollers are a member of the Hornbill family, closely related to...

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17th of October 2014 – Species Spotlight King Penguin Chick 2

This week we have been thrilled to announce the arrival of a second King Penguin chick and I thought I would take the chance this week to blog about him/her   Chick number hatched on the 29th of September.  This was egg number 5 and the second from Frank &...

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10th of October 2014 Species Spotlight – Tawny Frogmouth

This week we look at one of the more unusual looking members of the park Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides Tawny Frogmouths are found throughout Australia, including Tasmania.  They are closely related to the Nightjar, found here in the UK.  There are 3 species of Frogmouth and the Tawny is Near...

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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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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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