19 Oct 2016 11:55:03
Aussie backyard bird count week
This week is Aussie backyard bird count week and we are taking the opportunity to celebrate our wonderful birds at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. Here is a bit of information on some of our favourites!
1. The Bush Stone-Curlew is mainly nocturnal and specialises in hunting small grassland animals such as frogs, spiders, insects, molluscs, crustaceans, snakes, lizards and small mammals. The Bush Stone-Curlew's can be seen in our Kangaroo Walk-about exhibit and Gumtree Valley exhibit.
2. Our cassowary is affectionately named Princess. Despite his feminine name, Princess is actually a male - just a cassowary who happens to be very high maintenance! Armed with a large, sharp claw on his inner toe and a fearsome kick, it is easy to see how the cassowary earned the "World's Deadliest Bird" title.
3. Our kookaburras at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo were rescued after being found injured from car strikes. Their injuries were too serious to be safely released to the wild so they live here as ambassadors to their counterparts in the wild. The merry kookaburra's distinctive, laughing call is one of the best-loved sounds of the Australian bush.
4. The princess parrot is a medium-sized parrot. Their feathers are mostly green with a pink throat, bluish crown, and bright green shoulders. The males have longer tail feathers and brighter colouring than females. The male also has a coral-red beak, while the female's is duller and has a greyish crown.
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo has an array of birds which you can see in our Kangaroo Walk-about exhibit.