Join our zoo community
DavidBrown

SAN DIEGO ZOO COMMITS KAGU FRAUD!

So I really wanted to see a kagu and made a real effort to find where their aviary was. I found the right enclosure and was thrilled to see a grey bird that didn't look exactly like picture, but it was the only grey bird in the enclosure. I got home and looked up kagu pictures on the internet and these are clearly not kagus. AUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHH!

SAN DIEGO ZOO COMMITS KAGU FRAUD!
DavidBrown, 23 Oct 2012
    • DavidBrown
      So I really wanted to see a kagu and made a real effort to find where their aviary was. I found the right enclosure and was thrilled to see a grey bird that didn't look exactly like picture, but it was the only grey bird in the enclosure. I got home and looked up kagu pictures on the internet and these are clearly not kagus. AUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHH!
    • Chlidonias
      they appear to be some kind of pigeon
    • Moebelle
      Speckled would you say?
    • Chlidonias
      I can't tell. They are very blurry.....somehow David managed to get every single part of the photo out of focus!!
    • PAT
      I've no idea about what they actually are but we could rule out speckled pigeons. The birds in this photo look a lot darker and their faces and feet are much redder than any I've ever seen.

      P.S. Below is a photo I took of speckled pigeons at Twycross Zoo. It doesn't really prove much but I quite like it :)
    • Ituri
      Was this the bus aviary or Polar Bear Plunge?
    • Chlidonias
      you know what you need to do David. If you come over to Australia and New Zealand, add in a week extra for New Caledonia. Return flights aren't very expensive between Auckland and Noumea (and possibly cheaper from Australia), the island isn't as expensive as people make it out to be so long as you're happy camping and eating supermarket food, and you can then see kagu at the Noumea Zoo and in the wild. If I have some spare time I might even join you and point out a kagu for you :D
    • DavidBrown
      The Polar Bear Plunge aviary.
    • Ituri
      Ah, then did you look in the top left corner in the back of the aviary? That's where they were hanging out when I was there.

      Also, these are Papuan Mountain Pigeons (Gymnophaps albertisii) which aren't exactly Kagu, but are amazingly cool in their own right.
    • Dicerorhinus
      Perhaps the zoo should be accusing you of zoological ineptitude? :)
      These are indeed Papuan Mountain Pigeons, quite distinct from Kagus!
    There are no comments to display.
  • Category:
    San Diego Zoo
    Uploaded By:
    DavidBrown
    Date:
    23 Oct 2012
    View Count:
    1,457
    Comment Count:
    12

    EXIF Data

    File Size:
    365.2 KB
    Mime Type:
    image/jpeg
    Width:
    640px
    Height:
    480px
    Aperture:
    f/6.7
    Make:
    NIKON
    Model:
    COOLPIX L24
    Date / Time:
    2012:10:21 11:07:01
    Exposure Time:
    1/20 sec
    ISO Speed Rating:
    ISO 400
    Focal Length:
    43.254004576659 mm
     

    Note: EXIF data is stored on valid file types when a photo is uploaded. The photo may have been manipulated since upload (rotated, flipped, cropped etc).