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By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Tom, the white-headed buffalo weaver (Dinemellia dinemelli). Tom was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom August 28, 2013, and arrived at Denver Zoo in January.

By Jessica Leckrone and Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keepers

Introducing this week’s tiny feathered friend, Violet, the violaceous euphonia (Euphonia violacea). Violet lives with her mate, Viktor, in the fourth window exhibit in the exit hallway at Bird World.

Violet is a tiny bird, weighing in at 15 grams (the weight of 3 nickels).  She is surprisingly the more dominant of the two and sometimes chases Viktor around the exhibit. He does not seem to be bothered by it, since he continues eating while she is chasing him.

By Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Sorento, an 11-year-old kea (Nestor notabilis).

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Titus, Denver Zoo’s male Stella’s lorikeet (Charmosyna papou stellae). Titus lives in Lorikeet Adventure near Primate Panorama and is the only one of his species at Denver Zoo, but has many friends since he lives with 46 other lories and lorikeets.

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Bernard, Denver Zoo’s male blue-throated piping guan (Aburria pipile cumanensis). Bernard lives inside the Aquatics Habitat of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines. You may recognize his name because he was mentioned in a previous blog as Lamon the Rothschild’s peacock pheasant’s best friend. Bernard spends most of his time high on the cliffs with Lamon, or high up in a tree.

By Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s feathered friend is an old favorite, Walter, Denver Zoo’s American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos). Since Walter is not cold tolerant, he used to live behind the scenes in the bird propagation building during winter months, but now, Walter has a new home at the pachyderm building, next to hippo, Mahali. In the summer, he lives in Monkey Island and remains there for the warmer months of the year.

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Lamon, a male Rothschild’s peacock pheasant (Polyplectron inopinatum). Lamon lives in the Aquatics habitat in Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines.

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.

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