The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has announced the arrival of three Von der Decken's hornbills to the African Aviary.
BALTIMORE, Md. - The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has announced the arrival of three Von der Decken's hornbills to the African Aviary.
According to a news release, Von der Decken's hornbill is a small member of the hornbill family and was named after the German explorer Baron Karl Klaus Von der Decken, who described this bird in his writings about his explorations in Africa.
"This bird species is especially fun to watch in our Aviary," said Jen Kottyan, avian collection and conservation manager at The Maryland Zoo in a statement. "They are easy to spot with their white and black feathers, and hooked beaks. The male has a bright orange beak and they are all very agile flyers. They add a new level of excitement to an already busy aviary."
Zoo officials said Von der Deckens are found across eastern Africa from central and eastern Tanzania, throughout Kenya, and into southeastern Ethiopia and Somalia. The birds favor the open bush and scrubby woodlands of the dry savanna and arid steppe. They are 17-20 inches long, with mainly white plumage on their body with black wings and a black tail.
Children patients at the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital were given the opportunity to name the birds after zoo officials visited the hospital last week. They are now named Melvin, Bubbles and No Way Noelle.
The Von der Deckens can be found in the African Aviary along the Boardwalk along with many other species of African birds.
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