Birds

We're very lucky to have over 1000 birds of around 200 different species here at the zoo, including some of the most endangered in the world.

Birds are the biggest group of land vertebrates characterised by warm blood, feathers, wings, breathing through lungs and egg laying. Birds are bipedal - feet are usually adapted for perching and never have more than four toes. Hearing and eyesight are well developed but the sense of smell is usually poor.

Most birds fly but some groups such as ostriches are flightless and others include flightless members. Many communicate by sounds nearly half of all known species are songbirds or by visual displays.

Our bird collection is very diverse with birds from 18 different orders being kept at the zoo. Around half of the birds at Chester Zoo are threatened or near threatened in the wild.

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