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Have you met the newest residents of Pets Corner? If you haven’t seen the new aviary residents, you may well have heard them! Our Pets Corner aviaries are now home to a number of new canaries in a variety of colours as well as some beautiful diamond doves. The new additions are settling into their new home well and can be seen and the canaries can be heard singing proudly from their perches across the aviary.

Come meet the new birds and be sure to stop to listen to a song!

Here’s one of our handsome new canaries in song:

You can hear another song here (with some chatter from our zebra finches:


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We welcomed Zebra Finches (Taeniopygia guttata) to our aviaries in July and the finches have settled in very well. So well in fact that they have been busy breeding. They have been busing building nests and incubating their eggs. The first of those eggs have now hatched and the eldest chicks are nearly ready to fledge. We are thrilled to be able to share a few photos of the new babies. As they fledge, you may spot them stretching their wings as they build up those flight muscles and taking their first few tentative journeys from the nest.

A tangled nest built at the entrance to the nest box rather than inside!

A tangled nest built at the entrance to the nest box rather than inside!

Still a few feathers to grow.

Still a few feathers to grow.

A bit of baby-down showing, but this chick is fully feathered!

A bit of baby-down showing, but this chick is fully feathered!

Nearly ready for fledging!

Nearly ready for fledging!


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Our piglets aren’t the only new faces in Pets’ Corner. We’ve also recently made new additions to our aviaries! Our new birds are Zebra Finches (Taeniopygia guttata), a species found wild in Australia and long established as a domestic species. The new finches are settling in very well and if you take a moment to watch them, you’ll spot them looking for seeds throughout their aviary and making a wide variety of calls to each another.

A female zebra finch on the left and male zebra finch on the right.

A female zebra finch on the left and male zebra finch on the right.

Our flock includes both male and female finches, and the sexes are easy to tell apart. The boys have ruddy chestnut coloured patches on their cheeks and brighter bills while their female counterparts have just the black line under the eye. Can you tell the boys from the girls in the photos below? We hope you enjoy meeting our new finches on your next visit too!

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