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|A female Great Hornbill at the Bronx Zoo in the Bronx New York.|
The Bronx Zoo is a zoo located within the Bronx Park, in The Bronx borough of New York City. The largest metropolitan zoo in the United States, the Bronx Zoo comprises 265 acres (107 ha) of parklands and naturalistic habitats, through which the Bronx River flows. The Bronx Zoo is south of the New York Botanical Garden. Fordham University owned most of the land which became the Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Garden. Fordham sold it to the City of New York for only $1,000 under the condition that the lands be used for a zoo and garden; this was in order to create a natural buffer between the university grounds and the urban expansion that was nearing. In the 1880s, New York State set aside the land for future development as parks. In 1895, New York State chartered the New York Zoological Society (later renamed to Wildlife Conservation Society) for the purpose of founding a zoo.
The zoo opened its doors to the public on November 8, 1899, featuring 843 animals in 22 exhibits. Heins & LaFarge designed the original permanent buildings as a series of Beaux-Arts pavilions grouped around the large circular sea lion pool. Many exhibits, for example World of Birds and World of Reptiles, maintain the original taxonomical arrangement, while others are arranged geographically, such as African Plains and Wild Asia.
In 2006, the Bronx Zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals, many of which are endangered or threatened species. Nearly two million people visit the Zoo each year.
The Zoo has been designated as a New York City landmark
The Great Hornbill is a large bird, 95-120 cm (38-47 in) long, with a 152 cm (60 in) wingspan and a weight of 2.15-4 kg (4.7-8.8 lbs). The most prominent feature of the hornbill is the bright yellow and black casque on top of its massive bill. The casque is hollow and serves no known purpose (“tame” hornbills are known to enjoy having them scratched) although they are believed to be the result of sexual selection. Male hornbills have been known to indulge in aerial casque butting flights. Females are smaller than males and have blue instead of red eyes. The male spreads the preen gland secretion which is yellow onto the primaries and bill to give them the bright yellow colour
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- [2009-04-30 16:51]
A very strange looking bird! Interesting and colorful. It posed very nicely for you :) Good job! TFS
Strange! Very strange bird!
Nice shot, Angela. Good focus and colors.
Congratulations and TFS!
Greetings from Brazil,
- [2009-04-30 23:27]
Hornbill is the state bird of Sarawak and Borneo is home for this bird. Quite interesting to see how this bird is exported to Bronx Zoo and it has appealed to people there.
My last trip to Tawau Hills Park in Sabah, at least 20 of them were at tree tops early morning near our chalet. Although this shot at the zoo is not as natural habitat as what we see in Borneo, it is sharp and colorful.
What a stunning bird vith great POV, colours and light..TFS.
Perfect portrait' nice BG
Very well captured picture of this Beautiful Bird.
The same one, I captured in "Wild", during our vacation in Langkawi (Malaysia)
Thanks for showing this too.
Regards from Jan
- [2009-05-01 3:42]
- [2009-05-01 14:04]
Merhaba dear Angela...
Beautiful colours, good detail and light..
Nice composition and presentation of this strange bird (Great Hornbill), Excellent POV. and colours.
very well taken & done...Have a good weekend.