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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.

By Jessica Meehan, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jessi Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Stella, a 15-year-old rhinoceros hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros). She lives with her mate, Saint, a 16-year-old male in the Treetops exhibit in the middle of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines. Rhinoceros hornbills are one of the largest of the hornbill species. The word "rhinoceros" is of Greek origin "rhino," meaning "nose," and "ceros," meaning "horn." Therefore, the Rhinoceros Hornbill's name means, "Nose Horn Hornbill!"

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