Join our zoo community

Melbourne Zoo A look at the Melbourne Zoo masterplan

Discussion in 'Australia' started by patrick, 23 May 2006.

  1. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    13 Jun 2007
    Posts:
    24,186
    Location:
    the world of tomorrow
    where are these green peafowl in Fiji? If its at Kula, I was there in August and they had only blue peafowl
     
  2. PAT

    PAT Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    16 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    1,552
    Location:
    Victoria
    This is my favorite thread on Zoochat and sometimes I re-read it just for fun but my real reason for raising it from the dead is to try and find out what species of pheasant are in Australia. I love pheasants but have only seen a few different types and would like to know which ones are out there.
     
  3. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

    Joined:
    20 Oct 2008
    Posts:
    4,481
    Location:
    Sydney
    Taronga has Golden's, Nepal Kalij and Lady Amherst's on display. And the omnipresent Blue Peafowl.

    Many years ago they had Swinhoe's, Himalayan Monal's, Ring-necks, Reeve's and Silver, but I don't think they have any of these anymore (unless they are in off-display breeding facilities). There might have even been a tragopan, but I'm not 100% certain on that one.

    :)

    Hix
     
  4. PAT

    PAT Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    16 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    1,552
    Location:
    Victoria
    Thanks Hix. The only ones that I've seen at Melbourne are Golden.
     
  5. Coquinguy

    Coquinguy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    30 Aug 2005
    Posts:
    1,765
    Location:
    australia
    HIx, did they used to keep the monal in the aviary which up until recently was used for sun conure and agouti, because as a child i am certain i saw them in there....in the mid 1990s
     
  6. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

    Joined:
    20 Oct 2008
    Posts:
    4,481
    Location:
    Sydney
    Not that I remember - until a few years ago those aviaries were almost exclusively of Australian Habitats. I remember the Monal from the Pheasant Aviaries (now long gone) in the 1980's when, as I understand it, the male was the last Monal in Australia. I thought he died in the very early 90's.

    :)

    Hix
     
  7. tetrapod

    tetrapod Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    10 Apr 2008
    Posts:
    1,328
    Location:
    sw england
    Without looking at ISIS I am sure there are some exotic pheasants in NZ - monal?

    Possibly the green peafowl are in Noumea, New Caledonia? I know they have one of the best exotic bird collections in Oceania.
     
  8. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

    Joined:
    20 Oct 2008
    Posts:
    4,481
    Location:
    Sydney
    Auckland had Green Peafowl about 20 years ago.

    :)

    Hix
     
  9. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    13 Jun 2007
    Posts:
    24,186
    Location:
    the world of tomorrow
    there's a number of pheasants in NZ: golden, silver, Lady Amherst's, Himalayan monal, ring-necked, Reeves, Swinhoe's, blue peafowl...and probably some others I've forgotten
    I remember them at Wellington Zoo too, about 20 years ago. They had them free-ranging. Not sure if there's any left in NZ any more
     
  10. ZYBen

    ZYBen Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    11 Jan 2006
    Posts:
    1,547
    Location:
    Darling Downs, QLD, Aust
    Goreg wildlife park in SOuth australia has large numbers of green peafowl and they are failry common in private hands.
     
  11. aw101

    aw101 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    20 Feb 2008
    Posts:
    114
    Location:
    melbourne
    Back to the topic, is this all heresay?
     
  12. NZ Jeremy

    NZ Jeremy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    13 Dec 2007
    Posts:
    1,106
    Location:
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Back to NZ, whitford has some exotic pheasants I think...
     
  13. Electus Parrot

    Electus Parrot Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    10 Feb 2008
    Posts:
    326
    Location:
    Adelaide, SA
    Adelaide also has a male and two female green peafowl on display in their Asian walk-through aviary.
     
  14. Steve Robinson

    Steve Robinson Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    27 Jun 2007
    Posts:
    1,772
    Location:
    Pilton Queensland Austr
    Some, if not most, of the Green Peafowl on display and in private hands are hybrids. This makes it very difficult for those of us who would like to breed them true to type.

    If anyone knows anyone who is breeding really good Greens in Australia I am all ears.

    Same goes for Ruddy Shelduck - we lost a female just before Christmas and are very keen to replace her as well as add more to our holdings of this species.
     
  15. ZYBen

    ZYBen Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    11 Jan 2006
    Posts:
    1,547
    Location:
    Darling Downs, QLD, Aust
    I had always been told (by pheasant people) that the gorge ones were pure, when you compare them to the Adelaide ones, the adelaide ones may as well be blues :)
     
  16. reduakari

    reduakari Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    17 Mar 2008
    Posts:
    999
    Location:
    berkeley california USA
    Returning to the original topic: who has any info on the future of the Zoo? Yet another CEO (has one been named?), and a lot of attention being directed to Werribee (opportunity) and Healesville (necessity). What's the status of the Seal/Penguin exhibit?