and chick were removed from the exhibit until the chick grew
large enough to safely roam the Butterfly Garden with the
other partridges. This
particular baby bird has grown quickly, and was released back
into the exhibit with its mother yesterday, just one month
to Kevin Calhoun, the Aquarium’s assistant
curator of forests, it will be some time before we know whether
the baby bird is male or female. “The crested
wood partridge is basically an Asian quail which is native
to Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo. If
this chick is a male, it will soon show signs of crest
though crested wood partridges can be seen meandering in
the lush vegetation of the Butterfly Garden during the
day, they fly into the annatto, olive or pachira trees
to roost at night.
wood partridges’ bright green feathers compliment
the red flowers blooming in the Butterfly Garden which adds
a festive feel to the exhibit during the holidays.
The Aquarium’s Tropical Holiday Adventure runs through
January 6th, featuring tropical “Santa” divers,
special programs and Caribbean music.