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A colourful addition to aviaries.

HOW stunning is our newest feathered friend? He's a lilac-breasted roller called Trev!

The beautiful bird arrived from Birdworld in Hampshire six months ago but has only gone on show to visitors this week in the Triple Aviaries.

OUR AT DUDLEY Section leader Nicola Wright said: "Lilac-breasted rollers are native to sub-Saharan Africa, so we've waited for the weather to begin getting warmer until letting him into the outside aviary.

CREATURE FEATURE BRING YOU LATEST "He's such a striking bird and I've wanted one in our collection for years, as they're not kept in many zoos, so I'm really pleased to have him here and hopefully we can source a female to pair him with in the future."

Listed as 'Least Concern', the roller gets its name from its impressive courtship ritual, which is a fast rocking and rolling flight.

They eat grasshoppers, beetles and small amphibians and will sweep down to hunt from the ground, aggressively battering their prey before swallowing it whole.

FRIENDS ZOO ? Splish splash splosh! Our Brazilian tapir family were snapped enjoying a brisk early morning swim together.

ALL THE NEWS Tapirs are agile swimmers, typically doggy paddling with their heads out of the water, but they can stay underwater for several minutes, especially if hiding from predators as they use their snout as a snorkel.

When you visit next see if you can spot some pool action from Chico, Meena and Luna in the South American paddock.

The lilac-breasted roller and (below Brazilian tapirs

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