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New PS30,000 aviary housing eight scarlet macaws at zoo.

EIGHT scarlet macaws have winged their way to Dudley Zoological Gardens and moved into its impressive, newly-built aviary.

The PS30,000 development has given its new colourful residents plenty of space - more than 50 per cent extra room than the previous building.

The gardens were granted planning permission to demolish three parrot aviaries and replace them with a large single aviary near Lemur Wood.

The South American scarlet macaws came to them from Paradise Park in Hayle, Cornwall. They have kept and bred the species before.

Zoo manager Matt Lewis said: "These birds are such a vibrant colour and will definitely make themselves heard.

"Visitors will hear them as they walk up the hill and our bird keepers will have to wear ear defenders when they are inside with them.

"Contractors started work on the aviary in January but we lost two weeks because of the snow. The keepers have added the finishing touches and done the landscaping work and it's looking great."

The birds from the old aviaries, the Goffin's cockatoo and the pair of yellowshouldered Amazon parrots have moved to other parts of the site while the pair of military macaws have left them to go to Tilgate Nature Centre in West Sussex.

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The new aviary at Dudley Zoological Gardens.

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Publication:Loughborough Echo (Loughborough, England)
Date:May 2, 2018
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