Endangered species in the Hall of Birds, the wonderful historic portion of the LA Natural History Museum. There are around 600 whooping cranes (1st pic) alive today, up from around 300 in 2003 and only 22 in 1941, due to the work of dedicated conservationists. There are about 1200 Lear’s Macaws (2nd pic) today, up from just 60 known birds in 1983. Both these incredible and beautiful species we’re almost lost, mainly due to habitat loss and unregulated hunting, but their recoveries show the importance of smart conservation. The final pic shows a bird of paradise, one of the species whose DNA will be preserved in my project creating amber containing fragments of threatened species. #birds#birdsofinstagram#birdsofparadise#conservation#conservationbiology#conservationart
Since Boogie let y’all know all about beaks and their care, I’ll share another characteristic that makes parrots so special: their feet! Parrots have zygodactyl feet. This means they have two toes facing front ways and two toes facing backwards. They also have one toe that is longer than all the rest. These long, strong toes enable parrots to climb and manipulate objects, just like Spike, our Citron Crested Cockatoo. It definitely comes in handy for all of those hard to reach areas.
Foot health is very important to the overall health of a bird. We keep up with monthly nail trims to make sure they do not get overgrown. We will often use nail trimmers and the Dremel tool to wear down nails evenly. We add a special moisturizer to their feet to make sure their tough scaly skin stays hydrated to prevent cracking, especially during the winter months.
Thanks to Keeper Hannah for the video
Double Crested Cormorant. Seen at the boathouse on Sunday. Seems to be a juvenile based on the lighter coloration around. Swam around looking for fish and then it came out the water to chill with some snow goose. Thus I went to the other side and got these shots. Back lit so I moved behind the bird to get the sun behind me, this is went a guy walks up in my direct path to see what I’m shooting, making the cormorant and geese leave. Please passerbys stop standing in the direction the lens is facing to figure out what we’re shooting. You can ask by stepping to the side of the subject 😒🙄 #cormorants#birdinginnature#birdsofinstagram#prospectpark#brooklyn#nycparks#birdphotography#gothamtrini#gardenofbathsheba