December 4, 2013

There’s A New Bird in Town!

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Meet Leonard, our newest resident in the Indonesian Rain Forest.  Leonard is a crested wood partridge, or “roul roul” (short for his Latin name Rollulus rouloul).  Born on May 16, 2013, he traveled to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo from Milwaukee.  His diet includes a mix of corn and seeds similar to the items that a roul roul might forage from the forest floor.  Although they can fly short distances, roul rouls spend the majority of their life in low-lying areas.  In fact, roul roul chicks begin walking and foraging on their own just one week after they’re born!

The crested wood partridge is a near-threatened species.  They nest and forage in the tropical rain forests and bamboo thickets of Southeast Asia, and their primary threat is habitat destruction.  Here are some of the areas that the crested wood partridge calls home:

  • Thailand (southern)
  •  Burma (southern)
  • Sumatra
  • Borneo

Keep an eye out for Leonard when the zoo reopens this spring -  you may be able to spot him strutting the forest floor in the Jungle Dome!  Visit our Conservation page to learn more about the zoo’s commitment to saving wild animals and wild places.

Leonard struts about the forest floor.

Leonard struts about the forest floor.

 

Posted in: Birds, Indonesian Rain Forest