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By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Tater, a 9-year-old male Hottentot teal (Anas punctata).

It is often assumed that Tater is a baby duck, since he is relatively small. However, as one of the smallest species of waterfowl, Hottentot teals only weigh up to half of a pound as adults.

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s Feathered Friend, Marvin, a green-winged dove (Chalcophaps indica), also known as an emerald dove. Marvin arrived from the San Diego Zoological Gardens in 2012 to be paired with his mate, Jasmine, who was also featured in a previous Feathered Friend blog.

By Jenn Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper 

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Jonathan Silver-beak. He is a silver-beaked tanager (Ramphocelus carbo) that came to Denver Zoo in 2013. Jonathan is one of the most elusive birds in the Rainforest Room of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines.

By Jessi Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this weeks feathered friend, Macro, the Micronesian kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamomina cinnamomina). Macro belongs to one of three species of kingfisher that lives on the islands of Micronesia. His species originated from the island of Guam. The other two species are located on the islands of Palau and Pohnpei.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Boo, a jambu fruit dove (Ptilinopus jambu). He hatched here at Denver Zoo in the Avian Propagation Center, where a lot of our off-exhibit breeding occurs. Boo is the only jambu fruit dove on exhibit at Denver Zoo in the tropical forest of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing Banshee, this week’s feathered friend. He is a 13-year-old hawk-headed parrot (Deroptyus accipitrinus) that came to Denver Zoo in 2013.

By Jessi Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper 

Introducing Ferris Smewler, this week's Feathered Friend. Smewler is a female smew (Mergellus albellus). She is the only smew at the Denver Zoo. Smewler lives in Denver Zoo’s Forest Aviary in Primate Panorama, with several other ducks and geese, including the merganser species, to which she is closely related.

By Eric Lutomski, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s very small Feathered Friend, Ellen. She is a Pekin robin, (Leiothrix lutea) also known as a red-billed leiothrix. You can visit Ellen and three other Pekin robins in the Rainforest Room of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines.

By Jessi Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Meet this week’s feathered friend, Delilah, a 17-year-old Sunbittern (Eurypyga helias). She finds herself at home in the Rainforest Room, the second room inside of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines. She can be found perching in a tree, on a cliff, or lurking on the edge of the pool water for a nice delicious insect snack. Delilah lives with her mate, Sampson, as well as several other birds that call the Rainforest home.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

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