"Birds"
These are some photos taken in 2011. If you read further down you will receive an explanation of how the Central Park Zoo is divided into three zones for the birds. The photos which follow are mostly of birds of the tropic variety:

TroupialTroupial Ceylon JunglefowlCeylon Junglefowl

Bali MynahBali Mynah

Eurasian Eagle OwlEurasian Eagle Owl Malayan PeafowlMalayan Peafowl Golden ConureGolden Conure

Derbyan ParakeetDerbyan Parakeet



The Central Park Zoo is divided into three zones: Polar, Temperate and Tropic. Each zone is home to many birds.

Polar Zone: In addition to Polar Bears, Artic Fox, and Harbor Seals the polar Zone is home to three bird species.

Tufted Puffins

Tufted Puffins

Tufted Puffins live on the open ocean and dive for fish. It is the largest of the puffin species. The bill allows the bird to anchor the fish securely in its bill with spines while he continues to fish or dive for more fish. The above photo shows the puffins during the breeding season. The bill turns a brighter yellow and the feathers tufts fall over the back of its neck. The lighting triggers breeding. They breed in nests in the rocks. The keepers have access from behind the exhibit for cleaning and observation.

Photo: Ferne Spieler


Chinstrap Penguins

Chinstrap Penquin

The Chinstrap Penguin inhabits coastlines and prefers to nest in rocky slopes. This photo shows a chinstrap penguin with a chick. The parents take turns feeding the chick. The chick is born with downy feathers and cannot swim. At the Central Park Zoo they are taken off exhibit with their parents when they begin to walk and brought back when they get their swim feathers.

Photo: Ferne Spieler

Gentoo Penguin

Gentoo Penquin

Both the Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguins are birds that cannot fly .At the Central Park Zoo they are fed herring and capelin up to one to two pounds a day. They are fed by hand. One keeper does the feeding while the other keeper records the food intake of each penguin. All penguins in the exhibit have color coded flipper" bracelets" and relate to their identification number. They may be clumsy on land but they fly through the water.

The penguins have excellent camouflage called "counter-shading" When in the water the white undersides appears as the sky to predators swimming underneath, while the black backs match the darkness of the water to any prey swimming over them. Photo: Ferne Spieler

They are on exhibit 24 hours a day and can be viewed at Central Park Zoo Penguin cam
Just type in the word penguins under search. and the central park zoo penguin cam will show up as the third or fourth on the list.


The Temperate Zone is home to snow monkeys, red pandas and river otters. It is home to many varieties of birds.

Black Necked Swans

Black Necked Swans
The black necked swan is the smallest of the swan species. They spend most of the time in the water and rarely seen on land. Their wide body makes them stable on water. Their long flexible neck allows them to forage in the water for submerged matter without diving. At the Central Park Zoo they are given bird pellets and greens for nutrition.

Photo: Ferne Spieler

Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Duck
This photograph shows the Male Mandarin duck with his breeding plumage. The Mandarin Duck had the most elaborate and ornamental plumage of the water fowl. It has a unique "sail" of shoulder feathers and a long feather ruff. The female is a dull brown. After the breeding season the mail loses much of his color. At the Central Park Zoo they can be found in the exhibit next to the river otters.

Photo: Ferne Spieler



Tropic Zone: Rainforest

"Cookie" Piping Guan

Piping Guan
The rainforest is home to many animal, insects, and reptile and bird species. When you enter the rainforest you may well be greeted by Cookie a Piping Guan. Cookie eats a mixture of vegetables, fruits and avian pellets. She also enjoys pieces of crackers and cereal that children may drop on the floor.

Photo Ferne Spieler

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Victoria Crowned Pigeon
The Victoria Crowned Pigeon is the largest pigeon at two feet tall. The crest feathers are white tipped over blue feathers. The eyes are red. At the Central Park Zoo the pair build their nests high in a tree. Both parents take turns caring for the egg and chick. When the chick is hatched it has no crest. It begins to crow a crest very quickly and fledges within four months.

Photo Ferne Spieler

Nicobar Pigeon

Nicobar Pigeon
The Nicobar pigeon is a ground feeding vegetarian eating large seed and fruits. All birds in the rainforest fly free. Feeding trays are put out for them in various locations in the rainforest. This bird feeds on avian pellets, seed mix and bird salad. When the Nicobar pigeon feels threatened it raises the long shiny feathers on the back of its neck. It is also able to see in the dark.

Photo: Ferne Spieler

Sunbittern

Sunbittern
The sunbittern is a ground dwelling bird. This photograph shows the bright wing markings. When the wings are folded in they blend in with the forest. The term" sun" refers to the bright yellow colors, which looks like a rising sun. The display can be a threat behavior or in most cases used for courtship. Their diet at the Central Park Zoo is kibble and meat. They can be seen frequently walking along the floor of the rainforest or perched on railings.

Photo: Ferne Spieler

Bleeding Heart Dove

Bleeding Heart Dove
This dove roosts on low trees and feeds on seeds, fallen berries and insects on the ground. The wings are grey and the chest is white with a red mark on the chest, which gives the bird the name "Bleeding Heart Dove."

Photo: Ferne Spieler

Red Lory

Red Lory
Red Lories sleep and breed in trees. They have a specialized diet of pollen or nectar. They pollinate the flower upon which they feed.

Toucan

Toucan
Chestnut Mandibled Toucan is one of the 11 different species of toucans. You can find these birds at the entrance to the rainforest. The most outstanding feature of this bird is the oversized beak which can be as much as half the length of their body yet only weighs a few ounces. The beak has serrated edges for cutting food and the length allows the toucan to reach for fruit without 'going out on a limb" As you enter the rainforest you may notice fruit hanging from the branches or hidden so the bird can forage.

Photo: Ferne Spieler

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis
The Scarlet Ibis has long legs for wading in shallow water. It is very comfortable perching in a tree. The long bill helps the bird hunt for worms that live in the mud. They are a very bright scarlet color.

Photo: Ferne Spieler

Ring Necked Dove

Ring Necked Doves
A pair of ring necked doves is a new addition to the rainforest aviary. They are a large dove, measuring about 12 inches but one of the calmest in the family of doves. They feed on large and small seeds. Food trays are placed around the aviary so that all birds have access to food during the day.

Photo: Ferne Spieler




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