Monday, February 18, 2008

Oakland Zoo: Birds and Insects





Feb10

Descriptions and some animal "profile" photos were retrieved from Oakland Zoo website:
http://www.oaklandzoo.org/



East African Crowned Crane:

Slate-grey with white upper and under wing coverts, black primaries and chestnut secondaries; black down on head and top-knot of stiff golden bristles; golden-brown plumes on inner wing coverts: legs and bill are black, eyes light grey, facial skin is white and red, throat lappet is scarlet. Bill is proportionately shorter than in other cranes. Immature are mottled brown. Adult height about forty inches. The East African’s cheek patches are almost entirely white with only a little red at the top.

GEOGRAPHICAL RANGE AND HABITAT:
Found from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Kenya to central Tanzania. Largest concentrations are found in marshes and grassy flatlands near the rivers and lakes; also inhabits cultivated land.






Blue and Yellow Macaw:

Upper parts blue, darker on flight feathers and tail; forehead green-blue; underparts from side of neck are yellow but under-tail coverts are dull turquoise; black throat border to white facial skin; legs are grey-horn color; bill is black; eyes are yellowish-white; feet are black. The white facial skin patches may blush to pink when excited. About 25 inches long.

GEOGRAPHICAL RANGE AND HABITAT:
Panama and South America to northern Argentina. Inhabits forests and tall palms growing in swamps or along water courses.






Taveta Golden Weaver:

Male: Bright golden yellow but duller on the back, occipit is chestnut extending in a narrow circle behind the ear coverts to the lower neck; bill black. Unlike most weavers there is no non-breeding plumage. Female: Olivaceous above with dusky streaks; bill horn-colored.

GEOGRAPHICAL RANGE AND HABITAT:
Coastal east Africa from southeastern Kenya to eastern Tanzania. Prefers swampy vegetation such as bulrushes.





Chestnut Mandibled Toucan:

Bill is bicolored with most of the upper mandible yellow, lower mandible and wedge-shaped area at base of upper mandible dark maroon-chestnut. Plumage is mostly black; rump white, under tail-coverts red, bare skin around eye yellowish green. Call is an almost gull-like repeated yelping ‘kee-yoo, tedick-tedick-tedick’.

GEOGRAPHICAL RANGE AND HABITAT:
Humid forest edge. Lowlands to 2000 meters in Central and nw South America (Honduras to western Equador).





Hadada Ibis:

Entire plumage is olive-gray, paler on the underparts, head and neck; metallic green wash on back and wing coverts. Males and females are similar in appearance. Thirty inches in length. A feature of spoonbills and ibises is a lack of face feathers. They also fly with necks extended rather than tucked.

GEOGRAPHICAL RANGE AND HABITAT:
Wooded streams in savanna country and open forest. Locally in Africa from Senegal and Gambia east to Ethiopia and s. Somalia, south to South Africa.





Red-Billed Hornbill:

Thin red bill and pale head distinctive, crown and nape dark gray, neck and face white, back sooty brown with white stripe down center, underparts white, primaries black with white spots, tail black. Circumorbital and throat skin creamy yellow to pale pink. 3 subspecies. Males and females similar but males slightly larger.

GEOGRAPHICAL RANGE AND HABITAT:
From Senegal right across Africa to Ethiopia and Somalia and south to Kenya and Tanzania. Also in South Africa, Botswana, Angola and Mozambique. Favors open savanna, woodland or thorn scrub.


















Walking Stick



Leaf insect


Scorpion







0 comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for leaving a note. Come visit anytime and have a fabulous day!