Wednesday, 20 August 2014

A Beautiful Baby Bleeding Heart

Over in the Tropical House this week the Keepers discovered the nest of one of our Bleeding Heart Pigeons. 

Inside the carefully made nest there was an egg and a beautiful little baby! Take a look at the photos below:


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Found only on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, these pigeons are one of a number of species of ground dwelling dove. They get their name from the splash of vivid red colour at the centre of their white breasts.

On first sight you might think that the bird has been wounded, especially where the reddish hue extends down the belly giving the illusion of blood running down the body. The Keepers are often called to the Tropical House with reports of injured birds only to find that it is one the Bleeding Heart Pigeons!

Bleeding Heart Pigeon

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