Monday, June 6, 2016

WHOOOO Can tell me what renovations have been happening with our birds?

So friends.  I don't know how long it's been since you've dropped into the museum, but if it's been a while, it's about time you plan a little trip.  Quite a bit of renovation has just been completed, and the Fred and Sue Morris Bird Gallery's recent makeover is looking good.  From this...

to....HA!  You'll just have to come in and take a look for yourself.
In honor of our exciting changes, this week's animal spotlight is the lesser flamingo, which is given a stunning central position in the restructured exhibit. Weighing in at about 4 pounds and a 36 inches, these animals are one of the smallest and brightest flamingos.  Interestingly, flamingos are not born with their beautiful pink plumage.  Their color comes from carotenoid pigments extracted from their diet (which, in fact, colors tree leaves as well.)  Both male and female flamingos "nurse" their young, in that both provide a type of milk called crop milk.  Lesser flamingos are thought to be the most numerous and live in the largest flocks.

For more information about this gorgeous animal, come check out the updated exhibit!  It won't leave you hanging, like I've so rudely done...

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