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Our Bird Families

Our feathered friends here at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary are sure to astound you with their amazing beauty and engaging personalities. Whooo will grab YOUR attention?!

Tawny Owls – Tawny owls are found throughout Europe and are also resident to Britain. These owls are responsible for the distinctive twit-twoo noise people associate with owls. It is the females who make the twit noises while the males reply with twoo.

Meller’s Ducks – Although to some people it may look like a rather unremarkable brown bird, the Meller’s duck is one of the world’s rarest and least known species of wildfowl. It is one of three duck species that only occur naturally in Madagascar. A recent survey revealed this shy and retiring duck to have a small and rapidly declining population. This is primarily because of hunting and habitat loss.

Goffin’s Cockatoo – Originally from certain Indonesian islands, these birds live in forest and agricultural land.

Darwin

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: Tawny Owl

In 2012 we were joined by a little bundle of fluff, Darwin the baby tawny owl. Now fully grown, Darwin spends time between his aviary, taking part in lessons or with his handlers out and about in the Zoo meeting the visiting public.

Ambanja, Betafo, Itasy, Melaky & Sava

Conservation Status: Endangered

Species: Meller’s Ducks

Although to some people it may look like a rather unremarkable brown bird, the Meller’s duck is one of the world’s rarest and least known species of wildfowl. It is one of three duck species that only occur naturally in Madagascar. A recent survey revealed this shy and retiring duck to have a small and rapidly declining population. This is primarily because of hunting and habitat loss.

Sam

Conservation Status: Near Threatened

Species: Goffin’s Cockatoo

Our cheeky male, Sam, came to us in need of a new home after his private owner could no longer care for him. Sam is, according to our animal manager, an extremely ‘cool dude’ and he enjoys ‘helping’ her with office duties!