Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) by Somnath Mukherjee Photoghaphy
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), a photo by Somnath Mukherjee Photoghaphy on Flickr.

The Mallard, or Wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos), probably the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand (where it is currently the most common duck species), and Australia. It is strongly migratory in the northern parts of its breeding range, and winters farther south. For example, in North America it winters south to Mexico, but also regularly strays into Central America and the Caribbean between September and May.The male birds have bright green head, while the female is light brown. The Mallard lives in wetlands, eats water plants, and is gregarious. The Mallard is the ancestor of all domestic ducks, and can interbreed with other species of genus Anas. This interbreeding is causing rarer species of ducks to become genetically diluted.Male Description: Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Head iridescent dark green. Narrow white neck ring. Breast chestnut-brown. Back and wings brownish gray. Underparts light grayish. Rump and under tail black, with white area just in front along flanks. Tail white on outside with black middle feathers. Central tail feathers curled up toward back. Bill yellow to greenish, with black nail at tip. Eyes dark. Feet red.Eclipse (Basic) Plumage: Crown dark green. Face pale brownish. Dark line through eye. Breast warm brown. Body and wings mottled brown, white, and buff. Slight upturn to central tail feathers. Bill clear yellowish olive.Female Description: Brownish all over with mottled streaking of buff, white, and dark brown. Face paler than body. Dark line through eye. Dark streak on crown. Belly pale. Tail whitish. Undertail pale. Bill orange or yellow marked with variable splotches of black. Legs red-orange.Immature Description: Juvenile similar to female.Taken at Bird World, Denver Zoo (http://www.denverzoo.org/). Denver zoo has nearly 200 bird species, many rare and endangered, are exhibited in Denver Zoo’s bird facilities, all of which are located next to or in Primate Panorama.

Birds

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Untitled, a photo by Somnath Mukherjee Photoghaphy on Flickr.

Taken at Bird World, Denver Zoo (http://www.denverzoo.org/). Denver zoo has nearly 200 bird species, many rare and endangered, are exhibited in Denver Zoo’s bird facilities, all of which are located next to or in Primate Panorama. Bird World, opened in 1975, features open aviaries in which guests can mingle with exotic birds (and Two-toed Sloths). Each area features naturalistic habitats and replicated tropic and aquatic ecosystems, with three major exhibits built without barriers so the birds can fly freely among Zoo visitors. The “bug toss” where guests can help feed the birds, is a popular event with children of all ages. At the Bird World kitchen viewing window, visitors can see first hand what the birds eat.

Red Lory (Eos bornea) – 2

Red Lory (Eos bornea) - 2 by Somnath Mukherjee Photoghaphy
Red Lory (Eos bornea) – 2, a photo by Somnath Mukherjee Photoghaphy on Flickr.

The Red Lory (Eos bornea or Eos rubra) is a species of parrot in the Psittacidae family. It is endemic to the Moluccas and surrounding islands in Indonesia. Its natural habitats are tropical moist lowland forests and tropical mangrove forests.The Red Lory is the most commonly kept lory in captivity. This intelligent bird has a playful personality and a colourful appearance. Red Lories are primarily a deep red with black and electric blue markings on the wings and rump, pattern varies from individual to individual. The tail is darker maroon. They range in size from ten to twelve inches long and have an orange beak.Taken at Bird World, Denver Zoo (http://www.denverzoo.org/). Denver zoo has nearly 200 bird species, many rare and endangered, are exhibited in Denver Zoo’s bird facilities, all of which are located next to or in Primate Panorama. Bird World, opened in 1975, features open aviaries in which guests can mingle with exotic birds (and Two-toed Sloths). Each area features naturalistic habitats and replicated tropic and aquatic ecosystems, with three major exhibits built without barriers so the birds can fly freely among Zoo visitors. The “bug toss” where guests can help feed the birds, is a popular event with children of all ages. At the Bird World kitchen viewing window, visitors can see first hand what the birds eat.

Red Lory (Eos bornea) – 1

Red Lory (Eos bornea) - 1 by Somnath Mukherjee Photoghaphy
Red Lory (Eos bornea) – 1, a photo by Somnath Mukherjee Photoghaphy on Flickr.

The Red Lory (Eos bornea or Eos rubra) is a species of parrot in the Psittacidae family. It is endemic to the Moluccas and surrounding islands in Indonesia. Its natural habitats are tropical moist lowland forests and tropical mangrove forests.The Red Lory is the most commonly kept lory in captivity. This intelligent bird has a playful personality and a colourful appearance. Red Lories are primarily a deep red with black and electric blue markings on the wings and rump, pattern varies from individual to individual. The tail is darker maroon. They range in size from ten to twelve inches long and have an orange beak.Taken at Bird World, Denver Zoo (http://www.denverzoo.org/). Denver zoo has nearly 200 bird species, many rare and endangered, are exhibited in Denver Zoo’s bird facilities, all of which are located next to or in Primate Panorama. Bird World, opened in 1975, features open aviaries in which guests can mingle with exotic birds (and Two-toed Sloths). Each area features naturalistic habitats and replicated tropic and aquatic ecosystems, with three major exhibits built without barriers so the birds can fly freely among Zoo visitors. The “bug toss” where guests can help feed the birds, is a popular event with children of all ages. At the Bird World kitchen viewing window, visitors can see first hand what the birds eat.

Birds

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Untitled, a photo by Somnath Mukherjee Photoghaphy on Flickr.

Taken at Bird World, Denver Zoo (http://www.denverzoo.org/). Denver zoo has nearly 200 bird species, many rare and endangered, are exhibited in Denver Zoo’s bird facilities, all of which are located next to or in Primate Panorama. Bird World, opened in 1975, features open aviaries in which guests can mingle with exotic birds (and Two-toed Sloths). Each area features naturalistic habitats and replicated tropic and aquatic ecosystems, with three major exhibits built without barriers so the birds can fly freely among Zoo visitors. The “bug toss” where guests can help feed the birds, is a popular event with children of all ages. At the Bird World kitchen viewing window, visitors can see first hand what the birds eat.

The Angry Bird

The Angry Bird by Somnath Mukherjee Photoghaphy
The Angry Bird, a photo by Somnath Mukherjee Photoghaphy on Flickr.

Taken at Bird World, Denver Zoo (http://www.denverzoo.org/). Denver zoo has nearly 200 bird species, many rare and endangered, are exhibited in Denver Zoo’s bird facilities, all of which are located next to or in Primate Panorama. Bird World, opened in 1975, features open aviaries in which guests can mingle with exotic birds (and Two-toed Sloths). Each area features naturalistic habitats and replicated tropic and aquatic ecosystems, with three major exhibits built without barriers so the birds can fly freely among Zoo visitors. The “bug toss” where guests can help feed the birds, is a popular event with children of all ages. At the Bird World kitchen viewing window, visitors can see first hand what the birds eat.

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Untitled, a photo by Somnath Mukherjee Photoghaphy on Flickr.

Taken at Bird World, Denver Zoo (http://www.denverzoo.org/). Denver zoo has nearly 200 bird species, many rare and endangered, are exhibited in Denver Zoo’s bird facilities, all of which are located next to or in Primate Panorama. Bird World, opened in 1975, features open aviaries in which guests can mingle with exotic birds (and Two-toed Sloths). Each area features naturalistic habitats and replicated tropic and aquatic ecosystems, with three major exhibits built without barriers so the birds can fly freely among Zoo visitors. The “bug toss” where guests can help feed the birds, is a popular event with children of all ages. At the Bird World kitchen viewing window, visitors can see first hand what the birds eat.

Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)

Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) by Somnath Mukherjee Photoghaphy
Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus), a photo by Somnath Mukherjee Photoghaphy on Flickr.

The Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus), also known as Sulfur-breasted Toucan, Rainbow-billed Toucan, is a colorful Latin American bird with a large bill. It is the national bird of Belize.Including its bill, the Keel-billed Toucans ranges in length from around 17 to 22 inches (42–55 cm). Their large and colorful bill averages around 5-6 in (12–15 cm), about one-third of its length. While the bill seems large and cumbersome, it is in fact a spongy, hollow bone covered in keratin, a very light and hard protein.Taken at Bird World, Denver Zoo (http://www.denverzoo.org/). Denver zoo has nearly 200 bird species, many rare and endangered, are exhibited in Denver Zoo’s bird facilities, all of which are located next to or in Primate Panorama. Bird World, opened in 1975, features open aviaries in which guests can mingle with exotic birds (and Two-toed Sloths). Each area features naturalistic habitats and replicated tropic and aquatic ecosystems, with three major exhibits built without barriers so the birds can fly freely among Zoo visitors. The “bug toss” where guests can help feed the birds, is a popular event with children of all ages. At the Bird World kitchen viewing window, visitors can see first hand what the birds eat.

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Untitled, a photo by Somnath Mukherjee Photoghaphy on Flickr.

A resting duck at Cherry Creek State Park.Cherry Creek State Park is a state park located in Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. The park is in the city of Aurora. The park consists of a natural prairie environment with an 880 acre reservoir at its center which is shared by powerboats, sailboats, and paddle craft. The Cherry Creek Marina and Yacht Club and offers mooring and catered events on the north-western shore. A large imported-sand swim beach is situated on the north-eastern side along with ample parking. The park has 12 miles of paved roads and 35 miles of multi-use trails which are open to runners, cyclists, and horseback riders. There are facilities for camping, radio-controlled aircraft, picnicking, as well as opportunities for bird watching, cross country skiing, and fishing. The park also contains an outdoor shooting range.More than 40 mammal species roam through the park including eastern cottontail rabbit, coyote, beaver, muskrat, raccoon, weasel, ground squirrel mule deer and scampering black-tailed prairie dogs.