Birds of Eden the largest free flight bird aviary in the world, Plettenberg Bay Garden Route Adventures South Africa
Birds of Eden the largest free flight bird aviary in the world, Plettenberg Bay Garden Route Adventures South Africa
Birds of Eden the largest free flight bird aviary in the world, Plettenberg Bay Garden Route Adventures South Africa
A bird's heart beats 400 times per minute while they are at rest. When they are flying however, their heart could beat up to 1000 beats per minute.
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Caribbean Flamingoes

At Birds of Eden we currently give permanent and secure sanctuary to three Greater Flamingoes and three Caribbean Flamingoes. This week I will elaborate a bit about the awesome Caribbean Flamingoes which are often referred to as American Flamingoes as they are the only naturally occurring species of Flamingo in America. Interestingly the word Flamingo is derived from the Latin word for “Flame”.

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Roseate Cockatoo

photo by Fred Deckers

At Birds of Eden we are providing sanctuary to an amazing cockatoo whose name is “Rosie”. She has a splendid plumage of grey and pink, with a pinkish white cap. “Rosie” is already seventeen years of age and anybody who has met her has instantly come to adore her. She often greets our guests with “Hello, what’s the time? These are the only words she repeats having learned them from her previous owner. After almost eighteen months of rehabilitation, “Rosie” is now at home and flying confidently all over the indigenous forest and often lands on the barriers of our boardwalk to chat to the guests.

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Welcome Baby Ibis!

This week we welcomed some new Scarlet Ibis babies to our ever expanding bird population. The Scarlet Ibis is recognized as the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago and can be seen in the tropical zones of South America. As the name suggests it is a bird with vivid scarlet plumage and black wing tips. The bright feathers are diet dependant; the birds require carotene, which they acquire in their natural habitats of swamps and lagoons by eating red crustaceans. In many captive situations the feathers lose their vivid coloring, becoming increasingly paler with each successive moult. At Birds of Eden however, the birds retain their brilliant plumage because we feed all our birds a completely balanced diet that meets all their requirements.

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How World's Smallest Dna Virus Evolved In Rare Parakeets

ScienceDaily (Mar. 6, 2012) — A University of Kent-led team of scientists has gained new insight into a rare virus that is threatening to wipe out the Mauritius parakeet -- one of the world's most endangered species of parrot.

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The Russian Bird Boy

In 2008, Russian care workers rescued a seven-year-old “bird-boy” who could communicate only by “chirping” after his mother raised him in a virtual aviary, it has been reported. Authorities said the neglected child was found living in a tiny two-room apartment surrounded by cages containing dozens of birds, bird feed and droppings.

Date found: 2008
Age when found: 7
Location: Volgograd, Russia
Years in the wild: 7
Animals: birds

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