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Hummingbirds and Caprimulgiformes in North American Zoos

Discussion in 'North America - General' started by birdsandbats, 3 Mar 2019.

  1. birdsandbats

    birdsandbats Well-Known Member

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    Here I have attempted to make a complete list of hummingbirds present in American and Canadian collections. Only information 2017 or newer was used. Information on missing holders or species, as well as information on subspecies or populations is welcomed.

    Unsurprisingly, few zoos keep these species, as they are hard to care for. I'm a little surprised Ruby-Throated Hummingbird isn't kept anywhere. Most common species are Broad-Billed Hummingbird (3 holders), Anna's Hummingbird (3 holders), and Calliope Hummingbird (3 holders).

    Sparkling Violetear (1 holder)
    Dallas World Aquarium

    Broad-Billed Hummingbird (3 holders)
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (magicus)
    Dallas World Aquarium
    Sylvan Heights Bird Park

    White-Eared Hummingbird (1 holder)
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    Giant Hummingbird (1 holder)
    Dallas World Aquarium

    Anna's Hummingbird (3 holders)
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
    Dallas World Aquarium
    San Diego Zoo (still holding after hummingbird aviary closed?)

    Costa's Hummingbird (3 holders)
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
    San Diego Zoo (still holding after hummingbird aviary closed?)
    Sylvan Heights Bird Park

    Black-Chinned Hummingbird (1 holder)
    Dallas World Aquarium

    Calliope Hummingbird (1 holder)
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    Rufous Hummingbird (2 holders)
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
    Dallas World Aquarium
     
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    Arizona Docent Well-Known Member

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    Two names are recurrent on this list. So if you love hummingbirds, perhaps you should move to Dallas or Tucson. ;)
     
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    @Arizona Docent Do you know if ASDM breeds any of those hummingbird species or are most of their birds rehabbed individuals?
     
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    Are all the Dallas hummingbirds on show?
     
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    The birds at ASDM do breed.
     
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    Or Sylvan Heights.
     
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    Very interesting thread, Hummingbirds are one of my favourite birds. I´m surprised to see how few zoos in USA keeps them, I think less than in Europe, and less species too. I knew are rare but I thought more parks would keep them, since are native there.
     
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    @pangolin12 All of the Dallas World Aquarium's hummingbirds are in free-flight, but I don't believe they still have Giant Hummingbird.

    There is a place in Florida called the Butterfly World Park which, according to their website, has Amazilia Emerald Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Green-tailed Trainbearer, and Sparkling Violetear. Rufous Hummingbird is also mentioned on the website and it is eluded this is not a full hummingbird species list.
     
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    DWA no longer keeps Black-Chinned or Giant Hummingbird.

    ~Thylo
     
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    Could you post a link? I looked at their website and couldn't find hummingbirds mentioned.
     
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    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    I think it was probably this page, which is not their website: Butterfly World Park featuring “Jewels of the World Aviary”.

    It has the species in the same order as listed in the post, and also calls the place "Butterfly World Park" as in the post.

    I couldn't see any mention of hummingbirds on their website either.
     
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    Update:

    Sparkling Violetear (2 holders)
    Butterfly World
    Dallas World Aquarium

    Streamertail (1 holder)
    Butterfly World

    Broad-Billed Hummingbird (3 holders)
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (magicus)
    Dallas World Aquarium
    Sylvan Heights Bird Park

    White-Eared Hummingbird (1 holder)
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    Cinnamon Hummingbird (1 holder)
    Butterfly World

    Green-Tailed Trainbearer (1 holder)
    Butterfly World

    Anna's Hummingbird (3 holders)
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
    Dallas World Aquarium
    San Diego Zoo (still holding after hummingbird aviary closed?)

    Costa's Hummingbird (3 holders)
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
    San Diego Zoo (still holding after hummingbird aviary closed?)
    Sylvan Heights Bird Park

    Calliope Hummingbird (1 holder)
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    Broad-Tailed Hummingbird (1 holder)
    Butterfly World

    Rufous Hummingbird (3 holders)
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
    Butterfly World
    Dallas World Aquarium
     
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    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    Note that the page I linked is quite old. From googling I can't see any evidence that Butterfly World still has hummingbirds - web pages referencing them are either older or the sort which simply repeat older information. None of the recent Tripadvisor reviews mention them, for example.
     
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    I found several trip advisor reviews from last year mentioning hummingbirds.
     
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    Okay, I skimmed back through the year and found four mentions. However the aviary also has birds such as honeycreepers which to your average visitor would be hummingbirds. In any case, it remains that your source for the actual species on your list is not a current one.
     
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    Yes, I didn't realize it was so old.
     
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    Montreal Biodome's page lists Rufous-bellied Hermit and White-necked Jacobin. Very well may not be current, but worth throwing out there I thought.
     
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    San Diego's Costa's weren't in the Hummingbird Aviary, they're in the aviary by the bus.

    ~Thylo
     
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    A birder I know visited late 2017 and sent me pictures of the Violetear and Trainbearer, and mentioned seeing more hummingbirds (This is how I know this place exists). Of course this doesn't mean the birds are around now, but it is information that they have been seen there recently. I don't know if this is recent enough to be included here, but in similar lists birds have been listed for facilities which haven't had information updated about them in similar time frames.
     
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    Update:

    Sparkling Violetear (2 holders)
    Butterfly World
    Dallas World Aquarium

    Broad-Billed Hummingbird (3 holders)
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (magicus)
    Dallas World Aquarium
    Sylvan Heights Bird Park

    White-Eared Hummingbird (1 holder)
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    Green-Tailed Trainbearer (1 holder)
    Butterfly World

    Anna's Hummingbird (3 holders)
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
    Dallas World Aquarium
    San Diego Zoo (still holding after hummingbird aviary closed?)

    Costa's Hummingbird (3 holders)
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
    San Diego Zoo
    Sylvan Heights Bird Park

    Calliope Hummingbird (1 holder)
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    Rufous Hummingbird (3 holders)
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
    Dallas World Aquarium