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Sedgwick County Zoo to release birds to South America exhibit

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, April 29, 2013, at 11:30 a.m.

Winter is over for several birds at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

On Tuesday, the zoo will release 25 puna ibis and nine roseate spoonbills to the South America exhibit. Those birds and other species in the Australia and South America exhibits spent the winter off-exhibit. More birds and mammals will follow as spring temperatures rise.

The zoo will release the birds at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The puna ibis is black with a reddish brown head. A news release from the zoo said that the bird builds a nest of dry vegetation in reed beds above water. Their natural habitat is grasslands, wetlands and swamps in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru.

Roseate spoonbills, which are pink, have long, flat beaks that look like spoons that they use to gather food. Their natural habitat is in South America and the coasts of Mexico, but they also are found in the southeastern United States, the news release said.

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