Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens - Jacksonville, Florida
This is the sixth of nine pages containing creatures and plants I viewed at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida, on visits taken between July 2015 and September 2017. Subsequent pages include Emerald Forest Aviary birds, other bird exhibits, and plants, butterflies and insects.
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Page 6 of 9
The birds on this page were loose together in the River Valley Aviary. Zoo visitors access the aviary by means of a double set of doors. After walking through the first set of doors you are to let them close before opening the inner set of doors so as to keep the birds inside. The birds are free to roam, fly, and swim inside.

Abdim's stork
[A stork with glossy black plumage and a greyish-colored beak which is slightly open.]

These two Abdim's storks were having a nice chit-chat as they appeared to be people-watching from atop the structure which housed the doors to the exhibit.
[The head and neck of two storks who both have their bills open and are slightly turned toward each other. The dark feathers on their head and neck have a hair-like appearance. Their faces have no feathers and are a light-grey color which leads to their long pointy orange-yellow bills.]

Yellow-billed stork
This legs-bent-forward position is normal resting position for storks.
[A white stork with black under feathers sits on the ground with its pink legs. It has a pink patch around its eyes adjacent to the all yellow bill.]

Two yellow-billed storks doing their synchronized wing-stretching routine.
[One stork stands on the rock beside the water while a second stork stands on the ground to the left of it. Both storks have their wings out-stretched. The body and inner part of the bird are white feathers while the outer edges of the wings have black feathers.]

Yellow-billed stork has pink undersections.
[The stork has the wing on the right opened and its bill is preening white feathers on its body. Although the underside of wing is mostly black feathers, the upper white section has strips of pinkish-purple.]

A closer view of the crested screamer which was standing behind the storks in the prior image.
[This mostly grey bird has both a wide black ring and a thinner white ring (coloring) on its neck. The bird's legs, feet, and part of its face are pinkish. It has a few feather on the back of its head sticking out which is probably why it has 'crested' in its name. This bird is about the same size as the stork, so it's a large bird.]

A few months later the crested screamers were incubating the next generation.
[One crested screamer stands on a twiggy nest on the ground near the water with three white eggs between its feet. The head is bent forward as the bird had been adjusting the eggs.]

African spoonbills
The only way to reach that spot is to get the help of a friend.
[One spoonbill is scratching the back of another using its bill. The bills on these birds are round at the tip like a spoon and are grey. The area around the eyes and its legs are pink. The rest of the bird is all white.]

More African spoonbills helping each other.
[One spoonbill is scratching the neck of another using its bill. This is a closer view of the birds so the legs are not visible, but the feathers are and one can see the grey bills are rimmed in pink.]

The resting pose hides the large bill.
[The spoonbill has its head turned toward its back and its bill is completely hidden in its feathers. It's resting on its knees and the bottom half of its legs.]

Hadada ibis
[The ibis has a grey bill, head, neck, and upper body. It has a patch of red on the top of its bill and a patch of white on its cheek. It has green feathers on its wings. It is walking across the sidewalk.]

Northern bald ibis
[The long bill of the bird is hidden beneath an outstretched as the bird preens. Its reddish-tan head is devoid of feathers which is a great contrast to the long full feathers on the back of its head and down its neck. The feathers of this bird are greenish-purple and irridescent.]

Another northern bald ibis
[The bird's long curved red bill points to the right side of the image. Its yellow eyes with a black center stick out from its head. The feathers on its head start half-way down the back; the rest of the head is feather-free. The image is of the head and upper torso of the bird.]

White-faced whistling duck
(I didn't hear it whistling; it appears to be snoozing.)
[The duck has its head turned toward its back and its bill partially tucked in its feather. Part of the face is white, but the back half of the head is black as is its neck. The rest of the body, including its legs and feet, is various shades of brown.]

Mandarin duck
[The duck stands with its head turned back toward its body. This colorul bird has a white stomach with tan, green-brown, blue, and maroon on its back. It has patches of all those colors on its head. The duck has a pink-red beak and a dark eye in the middle of a light-tan section.]

A male North American ruddy duck
[The duck stands on grating near water. It has a light-blue bill, a head which is white on the bottom half and black on the top half, and the rest of the body including its webbed feet are brown.]

The tail-feathers on this duck stick in the air.
[The duck swims away from the camera. Its tail feathers form a triangular shape as they stick up in the air making the underside of the bottom of the duck visible.]

The tail-feathers on this female ruddy duck are even more vertical.
[The duck swims from right to left with its head turned toward the camera. Her beak is shades of brown as is the rest of her body except for the tail feathers. The appear to be black and stick in the air almost at a right angle to the water.]

Marbled teals
[Three duck-like birds stand on a high spot between two sections of water. These brown birds have white sections on their feathers which resemble dots when they stand with their wings folded. One bird is drinking water with its dark brown-bill. A second bird has its bill tucked under a wing. The third bird faces the direction opposite the other two.]

White-winged wood duck
The speckles all over its head and beak are the natural coloring of this duck.
[The duck sleeps on the ground. Its body is mostly brown, but there are patches of white feathers. Its head is all white with black specks that look like it is infected with large mites or some other bug. Its beak is yellow with the same type of dark specks as on the head.]

Kenya crested guineafowl
[This black bird with white dots all over its feathers is in a tree looking down at the camera. Its head is grey and red with a black crown of feathers sticking from it. Its light-colored bill is open.]

Eagle owl
[The owl is perched on a thick branch with screen behind it. This owl has light and dark grey feathers. There is a dark brown ring around its face, but the ring is not visible at the top and bottom of its head. The owl is looking down at the camera with its eyelids partially visible.]

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