Some of the brightest colors you’ll see in nature, and at the Zoo, are on the feathers of beautiful birds. All birds are covered in feathers, and most (but not all) birds can fly. These feathers serve a number of purposes. Those soft, small feathers that make baby birds look cute and fuzzy are down feathers – adult birds can have them, too. They are great for keeping birds warm. Flight feathers are found on the tail and wings of a bird, and they are used to fly. Decorative feathers, like on the tail of a peacock, are used to attract mates and scare off predators.Female birds lay eggs and protect them in a nest by sitting on them. Great hornbill birds have an incredible story: the female lays eggs inside a nest that is enclosed in a cavity, seals herself in with mud, and the male feeds her through a small hole in the sealed nest. She can be in there for up to 4 months until the eggs hatch and the baby birds are ready to greet the world!
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Pollinator Pals in the Naturally Wild Swap Shop
Posted May 28
Corals to Curassows: Wildlife Saved Across the Globe
Posted April 27
Sabinga’s Updates: Zoo Staff Visits Attwater’s Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Range
Posted March 18
Working to Save Birds in the Marianas Islands
Posted November 14
Attwater’s prairie chicks are here!
Posted June 3
Prior to departure – ALWAYS count your crates!
Posted May 30
Waiting for departure
Posted May 16
Translocation day for the birds from Tinian
Posted May 15
I wish I could eat that much….
Posted May 13
Vet checks and Hotel Room Surgery
Posted May 11
My 200-mile a day commute
Posted May 9
Posted April 25
Let the Season Begin: It’s Attwater’s Prairie Chicken Time!
Posted April 18
First Blue-billed curassow born under controlled conditions!
Posted January 17
Guest Blogger Carolyn Jess Spots Whooping Cranes
Posted December 23