New at the Zoo - Bird

Category: Bird

Toco toucan joins Zoo's collection

A second Toco toucan ( Ramphastos toco ) is now residing in the stone bird house, which sits just beneath Raptor Canyon , at the Zoo. Found in several South American countries, the Toco toucan is the largest member of the toucan family. Its bright coloration helps the bird camouflage into the fauna within its habitat. Though the Toco toucan appears to have blue eyes, its black eyes are actually encircled by a thin layer of blue skin. Its prominent beak is almost 8 inches long and used... Read More
Posted by Katie Kreder at Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pink-backed pelicans join African Savannah

Now residing in the giraffe yard moat in the Zoo’s African Savannah exhibit are six pink-backed pelicans ( Pelecanus rufescens ). Native to Sub-Saharan Africa and southern Saudi Arabia, this species prefers a habitat of calm, shallow water with vegetation. The pink-backed pelican has a wingspan of nearly 8 feet and is covered in white and gray feathers. Despite its name, the pink plumage covering the bird’s back can only be seen when it expands its wings. The pelican is... Read More
Posted by Katie Kreder at Friday, July 11, 2014