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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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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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6th of June 2014 – Species Spotlight Blue Winged Minla

This weeks spotlight falls on one of our smallest inhabitants   Blue Winged Minla Minla cyanouroptera   Also known as the Blue Winged Siva, they are native to the Indian sub continent and South East Asia where they inhabit areas of tropical forest.  They are part of the babbler family,...

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30th May 2014 – Species Spotlight – Pied Avocet

This week we are celebrating Penguin Week but as I have already blogged about of two species of Penguin that we keep, I am going to write about another Black & White bird that we keep that lives near water   Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta   A bird that is...

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25th of April 2014 – Species Spotlight King Penguin

Today is World Penguin Day so I’m really left with no choice but to spotlight our star attraction   King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonica patagonica   Found in the wild along the Northern edge of Antarctica and on many sub-Antarctic islands including South Georgia, the Falklands and Deception, King Penguins are...

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In the chaos that is a sunny Easter holiday run up the species spotlight falls a day early this week and is upon Roul Roul Partridge Rollulus rouloul Other names include Crested Wood Partridge and Green Wood Partridge. Roul Rouls are native to South East Asia and are found throughout...

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21st of March 2014 – Species Spotlight – Emu

This week the spotlight falls on a new species for Birdland Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae The Emu is the second largest bird in the world after the Ostrich and is a member of the Ratite family, which includes Ostrich, Rhea & Cassowary.  They are native to Australia where they are common...

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14th of March 2014 – Species Spotlight – Grey Peacock Pheasant

This week we concentrate on one of our first egg layers of the year   Grey Peacock Pheasant Polyplectron bicalcaratum   Native to South East Asia and parts of India, where they frequent areas of lowland.  They are the National bird of Myanmar and numbers are doing OK in the...

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