We visited the zoo at Chessington World of Adventures today and were amused in seeing woodpigeons flying about, mingling freely with the captive animals (one woodpigeon was sorting through the ostriches straw bedding – possibly looking for suitable bits of straw to steal for nesting material).
Walking past a large enclosure that housed a big white bird I did a double-take. Something about the bird caught my attention. My “pigeon sense” was tingling.
The large white bird was a Pied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula bicolor).
We sadly couldn’t get a better photo of the pigeon (you can just about see it on the branch), however, these websites will give you more information and photos on the beautiful pigeon, which is a frugivore (fruit eater)!
- Avian Web: http://www.avianweb.com/piedimperialpigeons.html
- BirdLife International: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=2743
- Paradise Earth: http://www.paradiseearth.com/Bird%20Articles/Pied%20Imperial%20Pigeon.html
And here are two videos of the pigeons (from two different zoos):
Isn’t it always the case when visiting zoos or other animal collections – the wild pigeons or fancy ones catch our eyes first! (Such as when we visited Porfell Wildlife Park & Sanctuary in Cornwall: Star attraction!)
We saw some other lovely creatures at Chessington Zoo, such as this handsome ostrich:
This plucky chicken (I want one!):
These adorable meerkats:
And our highlight of the day, Harley the sealion: