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By Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week's feathered friend, Patsy, the Micronesian kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamomina cinnamomina). Patsy is one of three species of kingfisher that live on the islands of Micronesia. Her species originated from the island of Guam, while the other two are located on the islands of Palau and Pohnpei.

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Baby Mike, the Egyptian plover (Pluvianus aegyptius). Baby Mike is a female Egyptian plover, also known as the crocodile bird. She gets her name from one the keepers who assisted with her hatch, as well cared for her until she was an adult. She hatched at Denver Zoos propagation building on April 4, 2012. There, her keeper, Mike, made sure that she had everything she needed to become a healthy adult.

By Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Bella Donna, a Blue-crowned laughingthrush (Dryonastes courtoisi). And yes, laughingthrush is actually one word in this case. Blue-crowned laughingthrushes were formerly a subspecies of yellow-throated laughingthrushes (Garrulax galbanus), but split off to their own species. Members of this species have a pale, grey crown opposed to the blue color on the blue-crowned laughingthrushes, but otherwise the two look very similar.

By Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s feathered friend is Sue the hamerkop (Scopus umbretta), who came to Denver Zoo in 2014 with her mate, George, from San Diego Zoo. They live in the Rainforest Room of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines. You can distinguish George from Sue because of his interesting “hairstyle.” Like his namesake from Seinfeld, he has a balding pattern of missing feathers on top his head. Sue has distinctive white “eyebrows” or feathers that set her apart in looks.

By Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing D Reverend, the green-naped pheasant pigeon (Otidiphaps nobilis nobilis) and new resident here at Denver Zoo. D Reverend is a little over 1 year old. He is a popular resident of the Rainforest Room, since he is so active and frequently moves around the room, coming very close to people. He is joined by another green-naped pheasant pigeon named Myrtle. You can recognize D Reverend by his orange colored band.

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Lucy, the African pygmy goose (Nettapus auritus). Lucy is nine years old and lives in the third room inside of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines. This room is known as the Jungle Exhibit and is considered a multi-species exhibit. Lucy lives with seven other species of bird. Lucy can be shy and secretive but she loves to be in her pool but will often hide under the log that hangs over. You may also see her under some of the plants in the room near the pool.

By Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jessica Leckrone and Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keepers

This week’s feathered friend is also our newest tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides), Brittawny, also nicknamed “Chicken Pressernicken.” Her nickname comes from the noises she makes that sound like a chicken and a funny mash-up of keeper names. This is the fifth chick for the parents, dad Nangkita and mom Adelaide.

by Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s feathered friend is a crowd favorite: peafowl. 

The peafowl are new to our flighted bird demonstration called “Winging It.” There are three chicks that star in the demonstration and they are named Sweet Pea (pictured), Garbanzo and Ham Sandwich. Sweet Pea and Garbanzo are both girls and Ham Sandwich is a boy. Garbanzo is the last bird in the video and is the sweetest peachick in temperament.

By Jennifer Preusser and Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keepers

In honor of last weekend’s Halloween festivities, this week’s feathered friend is Poe, the green wood hoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus), named after writer Edger Allan Poe. The five-year-old lives with his daughter inside of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines.

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