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By Jennifer (Nixon) Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s feathered friend is Peggy, a northern helmeted curassow (Crax pauxi). Peggy is 19 years old and lives in the Primate Panorama Forest Aviary.

By Jennifer (Nixon) Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jennifer (Nixon) Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s feathered friend is Cyril, a blue dacnis (Dacnis cayana). He is one of the smallest, brightest and most colorful birds at Denver Zoo, since arriving on May 9, 2012. Even though he is very bright and colorful, he is not always easy to spot. This is because he likes to spend a lot of time in the canopy and is very small and very fast. He only weighs 12.4 grams, about the weight of a little more than 2 nickels.

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.

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