Birds

Elf discovers a new arrival!

Dudley the zoo elf discovered an early Christmas present for our bird keepers –it’s our newest DZG arrival – a female Victoria crowned pigeon. The impressive blue-grey coloured bird, is the largest pigeon species in the world and is distinguished by the spectacular fanned crest of white-tipped feathers on its head and its striking red Continue reading Elf discovers a new arrival!

Meet Delta!

Meet Delta – the newest addition to our bird of prey team! The red-legged seriema is just a few months old and is currently off-show and being hand reared and trained by keepers. Section Leader Nicola Wright, said: “We’ve already got a soft spot for him and he’s so unusual that we know he’ll be Continue reading Meet Delta!

Jill returns to Wales

We’ve waved off Jill the common raven, who’s returned to Wales to pair with a male! The 10 year-old bird, who has greeted thousands of visitors to DZG with shouts of hello and goodbye as they pass her enclosure on Castle Hill, has gone back to her former collection at Welsh Mountain Zoo. Curator Richard Continue reading Jill returns to Wales

New birds fly in!

Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright went on a road trip to collect some new additions to our feathered collection. Travelling to Newquay Zoo and Exmoor Zoo, Nicola picked up six red breasted geese and four cinnamon teals. Nicola said: “The geese and teals have already settled into the South American pool opposite the Discovery Centre Continue reading New birds fly in!

Homes for native raptors

The first of our owl and kestrel nesting boxes have arrived on site – and it’s all thanks to the generous visitors to our August Bank Holiday Raptor Day celebrations. During the summer holiday fundraiser, where you helped us raise a whopping £869.95, bird keepers spoke to visitors about the plight of British birds of Continue reading Homes for native raptors

Growing quickly!

Our first ever Violet Turaco chick is growing quickly and is starting to develop its distinctive colouration. And we’ve discovered it’s a boy! Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “We sexed the juvenile by taking five feathers, which we sent to be DNA tested at a facility in Cornwall. “He could potentially enter the European Continue reading Growing quickly!

Raptor Day a flyaway success!

A HUGE thank you to our Bank Holiday visitors who made our first ever Raptor Day a flyaway success and helped us raise a whopping £869.95! Thousands of people visited the 11th century castle courtyard to see our birds of prey, which included harris hawks, a red-footed falcon, common buzzard and a Northern White-faced Owl, Continue reading Raptor Day a flyaway success!