Unusual birds from Belgium arrive at Paradise Park
THREE unusual looking birds have been brought over from Belgium as a new attraction at Paradise Park.
Staff from from Planckendael Zoo near Antwerp, brought the Vulturine Guineafowl, which are usually found in grassland in eastern Africa, to the park in Hayle.
Known for their strange noises, the birds tend to gather in groups and prefer to run rather than fly when they are alarmed.
Curator, David Woolcock, said: “The name of the Vulturine Guineafowl comes from its bald head and neck, which is similar to that of a vulture. They are a striking species with the cobalt blue breast, these three are young and we hope they will breed over the next few years.”
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After delivering the birds safely, the Belgian keepers also spent several days watching the famous flying displays, learning about some of the exhibits and shadowing keepers behind the scenes.
Mr Woolcock added: “It was a great opportunity for us all to share skills and research with the people from Planckendael Zoo.”