Sunday, 26 April 2009

Birds at Chester

Some of the colourful birds to be found at Chester Zoo.

Scarlet Ibis ( Eudocimus ruber). They extract dyes from their food to create their brilliant plumage.

The same applies to Caribbean Flamingos ( Phoenicopterus ruber).

This beautiful little bird with a wonderful voice is the Pekin Robin (Leiothrix lutes) found from the Himalayas to China. It lives in heavily wooded areas, starting at 19,685 feet (6,000m) above sea level, most abundant below 6,560 feet (2,000m), usually in groups, in pairs during breeding period. It has a beautiful song which is accompanied in the male by a wing-flapping display.

This is the Fairy Bluebird (Irena puella) which lives in moist hill forests in tropical Southern Asia. It is nearly a foot long and the male has this beautiful iridescent plumage.

This is the Pope Cardinal (Paroaria dominicana) tucking into its dinner.

In one of the many outdoor cages of birds is this beautiful Rufous-breasted Nitava (Nitava sundara).

This is a White-collared Kingfisher (Halcyon chloris)

And the Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias cordata).


  1. Beautiful birds!

    I read a story about a scarlet ibis in school once, it was very sad.

    Did you know flamingos hold their heads upside-down under water to filter food in their beaks?

  2. Oh! So beautiful! While viewing, I would think I had found a favorite, then I would scroll down and find another! I love birds---they always have a song!
    Thank you,

  3. I love these! Aren't they gorgeous? And wouldn't it be wonderful if we could enjoy the differences in people's looks as well?

  4. I always thought it was because they were sad and were trying to hide it, Archduchess.

    It would be hard to pick a favourite wouldn't it, Cynthia.

    How true, Shabby Girl, how true!

  5. These are quite sharp photos of some beautiful birds :o)

  6. These pictures are really wonderful. The colors in the 4th and last photos--- wow.


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