London Update: A Zoo Visit

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Black-cheeked lovebirds, Agapornis nigrigenis, a native of the African nation of Zambia. Image taken at the London Zoo.
Image: GrrlScientist 2 September 2008 [larger view].

Yesterday, I went to the London Zoo with one of my blog colleagues and reader, Bob O’Hara. Despite the fact that I dragged him through all the aviaries on the grounds, and spent the entire day snapping pictures of birds, he still speaks to me (I did bring him to a pub afterwards, so perhaps he forgot his resenment?). Anyway, this is one of the pictures I got of a pair of Black-cheeked Lovebirds in their flock that they keep in an outdoor aviary. The birds were getting ready to sleep for the night, so they were quietly snuggled together. This is not the best of images because the wire obscured the camera lens, but it’s still good enough to give you an indea of what this lovely little species of parrot looks like. Of course, there is a much longer zoo report that I will write and publish later for you to enjoy, after I have better internet connectivity.


About GrrlScientist

grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to London Update: A Zoo Visit

  1. biosparite says:

    Did Bob have to sedate all the birds with spiked feed in order to get you out of there?

  2. Tziporah says:

    Thank you for the wonderful picture! You did a great job of getting past the wire obstruction. I keep reloading your page in order to look at the peaceful birdies, and I just want to kiss their feet!

  3. Tziporah — they were very sweet and i absolutely enjoyed seeing them. since the zoo was closing, i didn’t get to hang aorund and watch them very long, although i would have enjoyed it.