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Learn more about our feathered aviary inhabitants, many of whom are rare and endangered. Discover their favourite foods, habitats and quirky characteristics.


Rothschild's Mynah

Leucopsar rothschildi – critically endangered

Distribution: endemic to North West Bali, Indonesia
Habitat: open woodland with grass understorey; apparently avoids closed forest
Diet: omnivorous. Takes seeds, fruits; nectar. Animal food mainly insects; occasionally worms and small reptiles
Breeding: monogamous. Nest a lining of dry twigs, 4-10m above ground. Clutch 2-3 pale blue eggs; incubation period 12-15 days; nestling period generally 22-24 days; young start to feed themselves at 4-5 weeks


Socorro dove

Zenaida graysoni – extinct in the wild

Distribution: formerly endemic to Socorro Island (off West Mexico)
Habitat: formerly occurred in highland forest; rare in lowlands. A ground-dweller
Diet: fruits, seeds, leaves and animal protein such as live mealworms
Breeding: captives breed in nestboxes placed 1-2.5m above ground; incubation 14-17 days, fledging 14-20 days


Blue-crowned Laughingthrush

Garrulax courtoisi – critically endangered

Distribution: North East Jiangxki (Wuyuan area) in East China
Habitat: mixed evergreen and deciduous forest and forest patches, and adjacent bushy areas, also clumps of large trees
Diet: invertebrates and seeds. Nestlings fed mainly with insects. Forages on ground and in bushes and trees
Breeding: clutches of 3-5 eggs; creamy white; incubation period 14 days; nestling period 13-16 days


Black and White Laughingthrush

Garrulux bicolor – endangered

Distribution: Mountains of Sumatra
Habitat: broadleaf evergreen forest, at 750-2000m
Diet: not really known but thought to be insects, including beetles and spiders
Breeding: breed during Dec – Apr


Rothschild's Peacock Pheasant

Polyplectron inopinatum – vulnerable

Distribution: Mountain of Peninsular Malaysia. Some evidence also occurs in extreme South Thailand
Habitat: throughout unlogged upper dipterocarp forest, and both lower and upper montane forest
Diet: spiders, ants and grubs
Breeding: clutch of two buffy-white eggs, incubation 19-21 days; by female alone


Painted Bunting

Passerina ciris – near threatened

Distribution: breeds in southern USA and adjacent Mexico; migrates to Middle America
Habitat: areas of scattered bush; uses wooded areas in otherwise open habitat
Diet: vegetable, including seeds, arthropods and snails. Nestling food largely or entirely animal
Breeding: usually two broods. Mostly monogamous, but polygamy not uncommon. Nest a neat cup made of grasses, sited in low vegetation. Clutch 3-4 pale, quite heavily speckled eggs; incubation period 11-12 days; nestling period 9 days; recently fledged young very poor flyers for first couple of days; parental care may extend to about three weeks after departure from nest. Female alone builds nest incubates, feeds and rears chicks

Children looking at birds in the Aviary

Meet the aviary keeper

At 2pm, 21 Mar – 28 Oct, Wed-Fri

Come and meet an aviary keeper. Learn first-hand about behind the scenes at the aviary. Included in your grounds ticket.

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