Animal Walkthroughs

Peafowl

The male peafowl is instantly recognisable due to its strikingly beautiful appearance. The bird’s head, neck and breast are a bright blue colour and it has blue tipped feathers on the top of its head. Probably the most famous feature of the peacock is its fabulous tail which is made up of a long ‘train’ of colourful feathers. The tail makes up nearly two thirds of the bird’s total body length.

The males use their beauty to attract potential mates. The female bird (peahen) is more understated in its appearance however, and is mostly brown in colour.

Peafowl are incredibly agile and can usually outrun predators. They spend most of their time on the ground but do have the ability to fly short distances.

Crane

Crested Crane

Cranes are large, graceful birds.  They are recognisable due to their long legs, beak and neck.

The grey crowned crane is a very large bird (often over a metre tall) and has a distinctive ‘crown’ of golden feathers on the top of its head. Grey crowned cranes have a distinctive ‘booming’ call which they make by inflating the red sacks underneath their chin.

Breeding pairs of cranes are monogamous. Couples often ‘sing’ to one another to affirm their bond; this is known as unison calling. Cranes are also known for ‘dancing’. They move their bodies, bob their heads and leap around; this is usually to impress the opposite sex during courtship. However, the crane’s dance can also be a sign of aggression.

Chicken

Chickens are a domesticated animal. They are believed to be descended from the red junglefowl. There are more chickens in the world than any other bird. This is largely due to the farming industry; more than 50 billion chickens are reared annually as a source of food. Chickens are reared for their eggs, as well as their meat. 

Chickens are characterised by their long, thin legs and by the feathers that cover their bodies. Adult chickens have a fleshy red crest on the top of their heads, known as a comb. Males are known as cocks or roosters and females are known as hens.

Chicken feed is available to buy in the Gift shop.

Goose

Geese are waterfowl and are part of the Anatidae family.

The female is usually referred to as a goose and the male is called a gander. Young geese are called goslings. A group of geese is called a gaggle!

The Chinese goose comes in two colour forms: the white and the brown (the brown is also referred to as ‘fawn’ or ‘grey’ Chinese goose). The Chinese goose has a distinct basal knob on the top of its beak. It is known for being loud and territorial; they can therefore make excellent ‘guard dogs’!

The Canada goose has brown body, a black and white face and a black neck. These geese can are known for the incredible migration journey that most complete every year. Canada geese are known to fly over 2000 miles in pursuit of warmer climes during the winter months.

Purchase a bag of bird feed from our gift shop to get up close to these beautiful birds!

 

Pheasant

Golden Pheasant

Golden pheasants are known for being beautiful, brightly- coloured birds. However, it is only the male of the species that have yellow crests and vivid red plumage (feathers) on their bodies. The female birds are much more understated in appearance; they have a brown face and mottled brown plumage.

Golden pheasants are very timid birds and favour dark, dense forest habitats where there are lots of places to hide. At night, they roost in tall trees. Golden pheasants spend a lot of time on the ground foraging for food.  They are able to fly; however, they are not very steady in flight, which is perhaps why they prefer to stay close to the ground.

Golden pheasants were introduced to the United Kingdom over 100 years ago. There are still a small number of them in the wild here.

Duck

Golden pheasants are known for being beautiful, brightly- coloured birds. However, it is only the male of the species that have yellow crests and vivid red plumage (feathers) on their bodies. The female birds are much more understated in appearance; they have a brown face and mottled brown plumage.

Golden pheasants are very timid birds and favour dark, dense forest habitats where there are lots of places to hide. At night, they roost in tall trees. Golden pheasants spend a lot of time on the ground foraging for food.  They are able to fly; however, they are not very steady in flight, which is perhaps why they prefer to stay close to the ground.

Golden pheasants were introduced to the United Kingdom over 100 years ago. There are still a small number of them in the wild here.

You can buy bird food in the gift shop to feed the ducks with all the family.

Guinea Fowl

Guinea fowl are large birds, made distinct by their brightly coloured heads and spotted feathers.

Guinea fowl are very sociable birds and have a variety of calls and sounds that they use to communicate with one another. They can also be territorial and fiercely protective of their young.

When it comes to courtship, the male guinea fowl is a real gentleman! After mating, the male will protect the female and ensure that she has enough food to eat, even if this means he goes without food.

The incubation period for guinea fowl eggs lasts for 25-29 days. Baby Guinea fowl are called keets.

There's no need to go all the way to Africa to walk with these fantastic birds.

Crane

Common Crane

Cranes are large, graceful birds.  They are recognisable due to their long legs, beak and neck.

The common crane’s plumage (feathers) is mostly pale grey. However, they have dark grey necks, chins and throats and a patch of bare skin, red in colour, on the top of their heads. Common cranes are the most widely distributed crane in the world.

Breeding pairs of cranes are monogamous. Couples often ‘sing’ to one another to affirm their bond; this is known as unison calling. Cranes are also known for ‘dancing’. They move their bodies, bob their heads and leap around; this is usually to impress the opposite sex during courtship. However, the crane’s dance can also be a sign of aggression.

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