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By Jennifer (Nixon) Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s feathered friend recognizes an endangered bird that Denver Zoo supports with one of its conservation projects. This week’s special feathered friend is a captive-reared piping plover chick (Charadrius melodus), who goes by many names, including "Smalls," "Tyrion," and "Daniel-son." 

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Chico, a 16-year-old, female Inca tern (Larosterna inca). Chico has been at Denver Zoo since 2007. We currently house six Inca terns, three males and three females. 

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Castor, a boat-billed heron (Cochlearius cochlearius ridgwayi). He lives with his brother, Pollux, in the Aquatics Room at Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines. Castor hatched at Denver Zoo just five years ago. His mother and sisters still live there in the Rainforest Room, where he was born. Castor enjoys spending his time high in the canopy during the day, and comes down around dusk.

By Jennifer (Nixon) Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s feathered friend is Spirit, a blue-and-yellow macaw (Ara ararauna), also known as a blue-and-gold macaw. Macaws are members of the parrot family.

Spirit is thought to be at least 15-years-old, but her exact age is unknown since she was a donated from the Rainforest Café when it closed in Denver in 2000.

By Christina Seely, Denver Zoo Large Mammal Keeper

By Jennifer (Nixon) Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, George, the 17-year-old hamerkop (Scopus umbretta), who arrived last year with his mate from San Diego Zoo. The two live in the Rainforest Room of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines.

You can distinguish George from his girlfriend because of his interesting “hairstyle.” Like his namesake from Seinfeld, he has a balding pattern of missing feathers on top his head. His girlfriend has distinctive white feathers that also set her apart in looks.

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s feathered friend is Olaf, a snowy-headed robin-chat (Cossypha niveicapilla), also known as a snowy-crowned robin chat. Olaf hatched at the Toledo Zoo in July 2012 and arrived at Denver Zoo last year. Olaf finds himself at home in the very last exhibit inside Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines. He is currently the only snowy-headed robin-chat that calls Denver Zoo home.

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s feathered friend is Sai, a female golden white-eye (Cleptornis marche).

Golden white eyes are found on the Mariana Islands of Saipan and Aguiguan, where they live in all-wooded habitats including the native limestone forest. Golden white eyes are seen in groups of two or four, which are thought to be small family groups

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Captain America is a blue-streaked lory (Eos reticulate) previously featured on this blog. Since his namesake is featured in the new Avengers movie coming out today, he is back in the spotlight.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Peanut, the male chestnut-backed thrush (Zoothera dohertyi). Peanut hatched in 2013 in the swamp exhibit of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines.

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