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Celebrate birds behaving badly in Gloucestershire

Birdland Park and Gardens will be hosting an event to celebrate all things feathered and fiendish over the half-term holiday week (16th– 24th February).

Birds Behaving Badly’ offers a look at the truly disgusting habits of some of the world’s worst –  from blood-sucking songbirds and puking penguins to stinking storks and spitting swallows.

Keepers at the Bourton-on-the-Water wildlife attraction will reveal revolting facts during toxic talks and trails, highlighting the horrible aspects of natural history. Visitors will also be able to meet some feathered fiends of their own during special ‘meet the creature’ sessions.

“Despite their often angelic reputations, birds are definitely among the worst behaved animals on the planet with some truly disgusting table manners,” said Head Keeper Alistair Keen.

“The marabou stork urinates on itself in order to cool its legs, fulmar chicks aim projectile vomit at the face of any potential threats and oxpecker birds will open old wounds on cattle in Africa in order to drink their blood.

“Swallows and housemartins use their own spit to build nests and the lilac-breasted roller vomits on its own chicks to deter would-be predators,” he added.

Birdland is home to more than 500 birds, including nine species of parrot, cassowaries, cranes,  ground hornbills, exotic ducks and the UK’s only colony of king penguins.

Visitors can enjoy a mix of free-flying and aviary displays, with the spectacular ‘Out of Africa’ feature showcasing the huge variety of birds found on the African continent, including black-cheeked lovebirds, village weavers – famous for their extraordinary nest-building prowess – and a flock of 36 flamingos.

For more information on visiting Birdland Park and Gardens go to www.birdland.co.uk

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