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Peacock Island & The Caribbean Aviary

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Peacock Island & The Caribbean Aviary
02Feb 2016

There are a total of six peafowl on Peacock Islands, two of the three islands in CTF’s Turtle Lagoon. If you are lucky, you can see the peacocks displaying their beautiful blue and green plumage. There is also an unusual white peacock there too. The two peacocks remain on their respective islands, but the 4 peahens “migrate” back and forth between the two Peafowl islands said Geddes Hislop, Curator of Educational Programmes and Terrestrial Exhibits said. “I am sure some of you have noticed peahens walking around the park, especially early morning or late afternoons, but don’t worry, they will not leave the compound as they are trained to return home to their islands as their home base. “Our two males ‘Big Blue’ and ‘Snowflake’ have started to noticeably regrow their display tail feathers for the upcoming breeding season in late February or March. Their respective Blue and White trains should reach full growth by around the end of January.” If you want to look out for the peacocks’ display when you visit, the early mornings or the late afternoons are the best times, Mr Hislop added. Mr Hislop was also keen to keep everyone updated on the new developments at the Caribbean Aviary: “The 2016 breeding season will begin in a few months, but there are a few doves already nesting in the Aviary and our little Bananaquits nest all year round. On October 1st 2015, the Aviary released 9 surplus captive-bred White-crowned Pigeons into the wild for our annual Release programme. Between 2008 to 2015, the CTF programme has released 53 healthy and robust young adult captive-bred White-crowned pigeons. “Our Aviary-bred Cayman parrots are now a little over 7 months old. These mischievous birds are still a hit with Aviary visitors. The ‘Triplets,’ as they are called, will be raised in the semi-natural Aviary environment until they are 9 – 12 months old, at which time they will undergo isolation for desensitisation from humans’ and transition to wild feed for eventual wild release. The Triplets’ release will bring the number of CTF captive-bred Cayman Parrots introduced into the wild up to 9 since the programme began in 2009.”