Bruce, meet Giggles!

DZG’s pair of kookaburras are getting to know each other after bird keepers have put them together in the same aviary.

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Keepers have just introduced the female Giggles to our male Bruce, pictured left, and it’s so far so good.

Giggles recently arrived at DZG from Manor House Wildlife Park in South Wales as a mate for Bruce.

Head of Birds Kellie Piper said: “We moved Bruce out of his enclosure and put Giggles in there to get her used to a new environment and now we have just put Bruce back in so they are together.

“At first they were sitting at opposite ends of the aviary but they seem to be getting on fine now.

“Hopefully it won’t be too long before Bruce woos his girl and we get to have youngsters at Dudley Zoo.”

Kookaburras – the largest member of the kingfisher family – breed in the spring; following courtship and mating a pair will begin to excavate a nest in a hollow tree or earthen bank or possibly a termite mound in the trees. The female lays 2-4 white eggs which hatch after an incubation period of 25 days. Both parents play a part in incubation and in rearing the young.