New exotic species at the zoo in HonfleurAfter butterflies, birds form the most conspicuous form of wildlife amid the equatorial forest. For some time now, to enrich the tropical rainforest we have recreated, some rare exotic birds have joined our hundreds of butterflies in a completely novel presentation. Nearly a dozen different and unusual species can be observed at the Naturospace, such as for instance:
- Tricoloured parrotfinches (Erythrura tricolor – Viellot 1817), sporting, as their name indicates, three colours: green, blue and red.
- The southern crowned pigeon, (Goura sheepmakeri – Finsch 1876), a large terrestrial pigeon sporting an impressive crest of lacy feathers,
- Small, playful and talkative multicoloured parrot species native to the Pacific islands: Swainson’s lorikeets or rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus – Linnaeus 1771), and chattering lories (Lorius garrulus – Linnaeus 1758)
- Small, fun-looking partridges sporting metallic-coloured plumage from the dense tropical rainforests of Asia: crested partridges (Rollulus rouloul – Scopoli 1786)
- A pair of small, colourful, adorable and rare tropical doves: pink-headed fruit doves (Ptilinopus porphyreus – Timminck 1822)
The southern crowned pigeon holds all the records at the Naturospace, weighing 4.4 lbs. and sporting a 2.4 ft. wingspan when its blue wings are outstretched.Prick up your ears inside the Naturospace, the song or calls of certain species such as the Java sparrows, lorikeets or tricoloured parrotfinches are what enable you to spot them.