Birdhouse at Riverbanks

The Birdhouse at Riverbanks features three distinctive, geographically-themed bird habitats: Penguin Coast, a habitat for rockhopper, king and gentoo penguins; Asian Trek, featuring birds such as the rhinoceros hornbill, birds of paradise and the critically endangered Bali mynah; and Savanna Camp, showcasing the birds of the arid African and South American savannas.

Photo courtesy of ©Richard W. Rokes.

Bali Mynah

Quick fact: The Bali mynah is one of the world's rarest birds, found only on the tip of the Indonesian island of Bali. Riverbanks has been heavily involved in conservation efforts of the species for more than 20 years.

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Caribbean Flamingo

Quick fact: During spring the large flock of Caribbean flamingos housed in front of the Birdhouse at Riverbanks exhibit elaborate ritualized courtship displays.

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Photo courtesy of ©Ron Brasington.

East African Crowned Crane

Quick fact: Courtship displays by both males and females feature elaborate dances with bowing, flaring of wings and leaping into the air. These dances are learned by young birds from their parents and are not instinctive.

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Gentoo Penguin

Quick fact: Riverbanks Zoo has a total of nine gentoo penguins on exhibit; five females and four males. The gentoos at Riverbanks came from Seaworld Orlando by refrigerated truck.

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King Penguin

Quick fact: Unlike most other penguins, the king does not build a nest; instead, the parent incubates the egg on its feet.

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Rockhopper Penguin

Quick fact: Using their flipper-like wings to propel them through water, penguins engage in what can only be called underwater flying.

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Spectacled Owl

Quick fact: The bird acquired its name from the wide broken circles of white around its yellow eyes. The juvenile, or so-called “white owl,” has the adult markings in negative with a black mask and a white head.

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Toco Toucan

Quick fact: In 1998 Riverbanks received the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Edward H. Bean Award for the long-term breeding of toucans. The toco toucan is one of several species raised at Riverbanks.

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