Zoo birds

by Sewerranger November. 19, 2010 2445 views

I took a lot of photos at the zoo - it was one of the main reasons I went. Going back over them, I realized how many birds the Baltimore zoo actually has. I think the bulk of the animals at that place must be birds.

These guys (it's a Raven) refused to move from the very back corner of their cage. I'm not sure why they wouldn't move, but that forced me to take this awkward looking photo.

This is a Demoiselle Crane. They're the smallest species of Crane in the world; weighing only 4 - 6lbs. They stick mainly to grasslands but never wander far from the water. Like other cranes they form monogamous pairs for life and the entire flock often helps protect the young from predators (though during breeding season they become very territorial and often go separate ways).

I'm not sure what this guy is. The Zoo doesn't have him listed on their website anywhere and I don't remember what the signs on his cage said. It's a pretty bird though.

Here you can see a visibly upset African Crane (notice how bright red his cheeks are compared to the one I posted on Wednesday?). Why's he angry? Because the mystery white bird refused to leave that rock. It was actually pretty funny to watch because the crane did everything it could to try and get that bird off this rock and it refused to move.

Last but not least (certainly the scariest looking bird) is the Abyssinian Ground Hornbill. This is (no surprise) a carnivorous bird that lives in the African Savannah. They usually travel and hunt in pairs during the day. Generally a female will lay 2 - 3 eggs but only provide enough food for one chick resulting in the chicks fighting for food. Generally only one will survive long enough to fledging (grow wing feathers). In most parts where they live, they're regarded as a sacred animal and are mostly left alone.

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Marilyn Grimble 9 years ago

Your cute guy is a stork... we have dozens here in the wild! Many don't migrate and stay here all winter.

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Sara G 9 years ago

Fantastic shots! Love #4 and the funny story :-)

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Claire 9 years ago

beautiful !!!!!!!!!

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Art Bee 9 years ago

I love the Zoo! The only birds I have seen there are the flamingos. Incredible shots!

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