Animal Diaries Archive
Crikey! What Bird Is That?
4 February 2005Birds…beautiful bodacious birds! You would have to be careful not to be accused of having a screw loose or rocks in your head if you didn't appreciate these wonderful, striking, absolutely gorgeous creatures.
Here at Australia Zoo you can walk around and have your jaw dropped by the sight of gnarly big prehistoric dinosaurs, like our crocodiles and Komodo Dragons. You can get your head 'spinning like a top' after virtually bumping into our awesome, sleek, striped or spotted big cats. You could literally 'knock yourself out' falling over any number of our wonderful scaly, slithering reptilians. Not to mention 'freaking out', after turning a corner and running 'smack bang' into one or more of our furry, fluffy and cuddly marsupial and mammalian friends.
If you want to get serious though, step up, be amazed and completely 'gob smacked', all you have to do is head to our walk through Rainforest Aviary and feast on some fair dinkum eye candy!
Australia is often referred to as 'the land of parrots'. It should be called 'the land of flying feathered jewels'! Not only do we have an amazing array of cockatoos, parrots and lorikeets, but we also have the wonderfully adorned, winged wonders that include our native pigeons, doves, finches and kingfishers. And if we did not mention in the same mouthful the marvelous softbills, from honeyeaters, pitas, wrens, robins as well as the intriguing bowerbird family, we could be blamed for having a few roo's loose in the top paddock.
If we are given half the chance to bend your ear, we are not going to beat around the bush and not tell you about our amazing assortment of feathered friend's house in our spectacular Rainforest Aviary. All day, everyday we have a member of our team hanging around like a bad smell just itching for the chance to have a chin wag about our native birds, their plight in the wild, conservation and how you can help to make a difference. Oh yeah....if you've got a story to tell, we can assure you we'll be all ears.
Our Amazing Blue-faced Parrot Finchess
These nomadic birds are uncommon in Australia and are rarely seen. They are social birds but not communal as some finches. Flocks of up to 20-30 – juveniles a ...more