Don’t miss our ‘Birds Behaving Badly’ week which takes centre stage over February half term (Saturday, February 19th – Sunday, February 27th).
From blood-sucking songbirds to stinking storks, our keepers will be revealing revolting facts about the feathered fiends!
There will be talks and trails highlighting the rather less glamorous aspects of natural history – and a spotter’s quiz trail enabling visitors to venture around the park and discover the remarkable creatures for themselves.
Head keeper Alistair Keen said: “Despite their often angelic reputations, birds are definitely among the worst behaved animals on the planet, with some truly disgusting table manners.
“The marabou stork urinates 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.
“Swallows and housemartins use their own spit to build nests and the lilac-breasted roller vomits on its own chicks to deter would-be predators,” he added.
There is so much to discover on a day out at Birdland this February Half Term with our combination of woodland, riverside and gardens. Birdland features more than 500 birds, ranging from the UK’s only colony of king penguins and parrots, to cassowaries and cranes in a mix of free-flying and aviary displays. Be sure to share your half term Birdland snaps by tagging us on Instagram.