The environment within the Aviary simulates that of a tropical rainforest. Guineafowl traipse nonchalantly across the forest ground while a myriad other birds chirp, flutter and perch up in the trees, offering glimpses of radiant colour before disappearing into the foliage. Experience their dazzling splendour fully at the twice-daily feedings, when starlings whirl about in a frenzied chase for mealworms and turacos leave their arboreal hideouts to feast on fruits.
Starlings are vividly-coloured song birds. Even dark-coloured species have iridescent plumage. Many starlings produce different calls. Some species can even mimic human sounds!
Bold and unfazed by human company, our starlings are often seen perching on the wooden railings, or strutting confidently along the visitors’ path. During feeding sessions, they are typically the first to snatch a worm or two from the feeding cups before darting off quickly.
The turacos are known for their sophisticated ‘hairdos’. The feathers around the head lack barbules, lending a glossy appearance to their elegant crests.
In most birds, the feathers produce their colours by refracting light with specialised feather structures (iridescence). But turacos possess both the copper feather pigments of red turacin and green turacoverdin, a trait that sets them apart from any other living birds.
Learn more about our wildlife from the people who know best – the keepers. In this interactive session, hear interesting quirks of the animals from our keepers.