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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

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s feathered friend is Denver Zoo’s newest tawny frogmouth, Marmalade (Podargus strigoides). This is the fourth chick of parents, Nangkita (dad) and Adelaide (mom), who are a relatively new breeding pair, since Adelaide arrived at Denver Zoo in July 2013 from Brookfield Zoo in Chicago.

By Tess Hebebrand, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper 

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Ethel! Ethel is a ruddy shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), a species of duck found in northern Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. She is part of the shelduck subfamily, which are somewhat gooselike with short bills, long legs, and an upright stance. Ruddy shelducks are semi-terrestrial, which means they spend a lot of their time on land, but require a nearby water source.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Hermie, a Nicobar pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica) born at Denver Zoo in 1992. At 22 years old, Hermie is the oldest of the Nicobar group, whom she lives with in the Rainforest room of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Say hello to Myrtle, a 19-year-old, green-naped pheasant pigeon (Otidiphaps nobilis nobilis), and long-time resident here at Denver Zoo. She is a regular attraction in the Rainforest room of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines. Myrtle has been at the Zoo since 1995.

By Sue Peters, Denver Zoo Polar Bear Keeper

I was able to celebrate my birthday while at Churchill on October 28. What an awesome place to spend it! We finally saw ice that day! It’s what was referred to as “grease ice” up here, which is the first stage to the bay freezing over. Hopefully there will be a continuing trend of cold, otherwise it melts and the process starts all over again.

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