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National Bird Feeding

Our Bird Feeding Month Winners

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Jasiel H. Age 6

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Frankie B. Age 7

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Emma R. Age 9

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Kaela B. Age 5

BIRD FEEDING INFORMATION

Budgerigars (Budgies)
A type of Parakeet native to Australia.

  • Budgies are technically omnivores. Most of their diet in the wild is made up of seeds, but they will occasionally eat small insects, fruits, berries, and vegetation. What they eat varies with food availability during different seasons.
  • Budgies are mostly ground foragers meaning they find food on and near the ground. At Roer’s Zoofari you can usually find many Budgies searching the ground for food just as they would in the wild.
  • At Roer’s Zoofari the budgies are fed a pelleted diet along with whole oats, millet, and fresh vegetables.

Indian Peafowl
Males are called peacocks and the females are called peahens. These birds are native to Asia, but now inhabit parts of Africa and Australia.

  • Peafowl are omnivores. Their diet consists of grains, berries, leaves, insects, and small rodents and reptiles. These birds are pretty opportunist eaters, meaning they will eat almost anything that they find that will fit in their mouth.
  • Peafowl forage in the dirt for insects by scratching the ground. They will also rip apart flowers to find snails and slugs. They will mimic these natural behaviors in captivity.
  • At Roer’s Zoofari the peafowl diet consists of a pelleted diet made especially for game birds, dog food, and vegetation.

Domestic Chickens
Males are called roosters and females are called hens. Chickens are a domestic subspecies of the red junglefowl from southeast Asia.

  • Chickens are omnivores. Their diet consists of insects, seeds, and small mammals and reptiles.
  • Chickens forage in the dirt for insects and seeds by scratching the ground. They mimic these natural behaviors in captivity.
  • At Roer’s Zoofari the chickens get a pelleted diet made for poultry, vegetation, and will eat millet off of the sticks from guests.

Macaw
At Roer’s Zoofari we have a blue and gold macaw which are native to South America and a military macaw which are native to Central and South America.

  • In the wild the macaw’s diet consists of various seeds, nuts, ripe and unripe fruits, berries, vegetation, leaf buds, and sometimes they will eat insects such as snails.
  • Macaws live in flocks of 10-30 individuals and are social eaters. They eat when the rest of their flock is eating.
  • Macaws will fly long distances in search of food sources and share their food with their mates.

Laughing Kookaburra
A bird in the kingfisher family native to Australia.

  • Kookaburra’s diet in the wild consists of insects, spiders, small mammals, and reptiles.
  • Kookaburras will immobilize their prey by holding it in their beak and hitting it against logs or on the ground and then swallow their prey whole.
  • Undigested food such as fur, bones, and exoskeletons of insects is regurgitated in dry pellets
  • Kookaburras do not usually drink water as they obtain enough water from the food that they eat.

Silvery-cheeked Hornbill
A large species of hornbill found in the evergreen forests of East Africa from Ethiopia to Zimbabwe.

  • The silvery-cheeked hornbill’s diet consists of mainly fruit, some insects, eggs, small reptiles, small mammals, and birds.
  • They live in small family groups and can form very large colonies in search of fruit trees to supply their main food source.

Goffin’s Cockatoo
Is one of the smallest cockatoo species and is native to Australia.

  • In the wild this parrot species eats seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, blossoms, roots, leaf buds, and occasionally will eat insects.
  • These birds are experiencing a loss of habitat and have learned to forage for farmer’s crops.
  • In captivity cockatoos are prone to excessive weight gain, so at Roer’s Zoofari our goffin’s cockatoo is fed a pelleted based diet and vegetables and is given fruits, nuts, and seeds as a treat.

Greater Curassow
Is native to Central and South America.

  • The Greater Curassow is primarily a fruit eater, but will also eat seeds, large insects, and occasionally small mammals.
  • These birds are monogomous and form small groups to search for food.

Sacred Ibis
A species of Ibis native to Africa and the Middle East.

  • The sacred ibis is an omnivores scavenger whose diet consists of insects, worms, crustaceans, molluscus, fish, frogs, reptiles, small mammals, and carrion.
  • These birds use their long beaks to probe into the soil for invertebrates such as earthworms.