king penguin

New Year, New King Penguin!

We are celebrating the start of 2016 with a very special new arrival, a female King Penguin. Travelling to the park all the way from Demark the 16 month old little girl is part of our breeding programme. Arriving just before Christmas the King Penguin now happily inhabits Penguin Shore...

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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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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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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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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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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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