Passerines

There are about 10,000 species of birds in the world and of these half, some 5,000 species are passerines, often known as songbirds. Within this large and diverse group of birds there is a huge range of variation in colour, size and adaptation.

In the zoo they range in size from the Tiny Timor Zebra Finches to the large Red-billed Blue Magpies with a multitude of different colours, shapes and sizes in between!

Many species of Passerines are very rare and the zoo plays an important role in their conservation through captive breeding programmes and supporting conservation work in the wild, such as the <a href="http://www.chesterzoo.org/animals/birds/passerines/blue-crowned-laughingthrush">Blue Crowned Laughingthrush</a>.