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Another trip to the Niagra Falls Aviary! (diary of user: shirin)
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Niagra Falls Aviary

 

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I'm not sure what the name of this little chubby bird is, but I thought he was really cute!

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A couple of beautiful Ringed Turtle Doves!

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I wanted to steal one of them and bring her home as a girlfriend for Keesh Meesh, but for some reason they kept flying away.

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Here's a dove sitting on a nest :)

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Doves hanging out with an Eastern Rosella

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This little guy is a collard Aracari and comes from the Toucan family, but is said to be a lot more docile than the bigger Toucans 

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Baby Aracaris may be fed by a group of adults instead of just the parents, which is unusual in most bird species

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 This Blue & Gold Macaw really scared me to death!  He all of a sudden flipped upside down as I was passing under him and nearly gave me a heart attack!   

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He seemed really eager to get our attention and play with us.  Pehaps he could have been a house pet at some point in his life?  His wings looked to be clipped, and the other 2 Macaws looked to be fully flighted and less interested in the humans.

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 This handsome guy is a Bearded Barbet.

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I think it's been a while since he last shaved his beard

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These are called Chaco Chachalacas and they're from South America.  They look kind of like female peacocks in my opinion.

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This Black chested Thrush seems a bit stunned by the camera flash

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This bird looks really similar to the Hunting Cissa, but not sure if they are related.

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A California Quail with a really cool hair style!

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  This is the Hunting Cissa, also known as the Green Magpie

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Someone had a bath

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Australian singing Crow, better known as Australian Magpie 

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He's so handsome 

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Cute ducks!

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 This is a Fairy Bluebird.  They're from the forests of the Himalayas, northern India, Burma and Indochina.

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Don't know what bird this is, but he sure is chubby

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 One of my dream birds, the Chestnut Mandibill Toucan

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Here's one sleeping.  Look at his fluffy butt!

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These Toucans are the second largest of the 37 species of toucans.

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Looks like love! 

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Green Jay 

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 I had no clue what these beautiful plump birds were when I first saw them 

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They are Pied-Imperial Pigeons!

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They feed almost exclusively on fruits

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Very cute Java finches

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This is a Greater Hill Mynah.  He looks like he's wearing a bandana. 

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This pheasant was so sweet, it stood really close to us and started talking to us

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This red Lory was such a vibrant red, this photo doesn't do it much justice  

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This is a Red-Winged Laughing thrush.

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Apparently they have a distinctive call that sound like laughing, but I didn't hear this. 

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  A giant wood rail hanging out on the rocks

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This eastern Rosella seems to be camera shy, because even last year I couldn't get a picture of his face!

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One of my most favorite birds at the Aviary is the Silver Cheeked Hornbill.  He seems like such a sweet and gentle bird. 

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Here I was standing less than a foot away from him, and he was just batting his long eye lashes and looking straight at me.

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Scarlet Ibis have to eat a lot of shrimp to retain their vivid scarlet color

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 This Royal Starling was sooo stunning, I couldn't stop taking pictures of him!

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 His colours are so beautiful and metallic looking.  Even his legs are gold! 

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 I think here he's saying enough with the pictures already!

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 Look at his beautiful long tail!

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 This is a Wattled Jacana.  I couldn't get a good picture of his feet, but he has extremely long toes which allow him  to walk on the floating vegetation of his habitat.

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 Green Crested Turaco.

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White throated thrush

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 Here's Star, the Amazon that as Kelly-Anne said never shuts up, hehehe.  Surprisingly on this day he was very quiet and focused on eating. 

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Video of Toucans

Video of Blue and Gold Macaw hanging upside down

Video of Red-winged Laughing Thrush

 


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