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A red fan parrot (Deroptyus accipitrinus accipitrinus) at the Houston Zoo.

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A greater Madagascar tenrec (Setifer setosus) at the Houston Zoo.

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Damaraland mole rats (Fukomys damarensis) at the Houston Zoo. These burrowing rodents from sub-Saharan Africa are one of only two known eusocial mammals.

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A silver pheasant hen (Lophura nycthemera) at the Houston Zoo.

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A red-billed leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea) at the Houston Zoo. This individual is very vocal and inquisitive.

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A male and female tambourine dove (Turtur tympanistria) at the Houston Zoo. This pair is particularly nervous and have to be approached in a sensitive manner.

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Wonga pigeon (Leucosarcia melanoleuca ) at the Houston Zoo. This male likes to sit in the smallest nest (intended for finches) in the enclosure even when there are no eggs.

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A crested quail-dove (Geotrygon versicolor) at the Houston Zoo.

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A blue-winged kookaburra (Dacelo leachii) at the Houston Zoo. This bird does not appreciate keepers in his enclosure and attacks by flying at their head. He enjoys only the company of his mate and makes threat displays at everyone passing by.

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A critically endangered, female blue-knobbed curassow (Crax alberti) at the Houston Zoo.

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A critically endangered, female blue-knobbed curassow (Crax alberti) at the Houston Zoo.

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A male blue-knobbed curassow (Crax alberti) at the Houston Zoo. In the wild, this critically-endangered species is found only in Colombia but this individual was hatched in captivity and is quite tame. He likes to offer treats in his bill to his keepers and makes a squeaking vocalization until the keeper takes the ‘gift’.

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A male blue-knobbed curassow (Crax alberti) at the Houston Zoo. In the wild, this critically-endangered species is found only in Colombia but this individual was hatched in captivity and is quite tame. He likes to offer treats in his bill to his keepers and makes a squeaking vocalization until the keeper takes the ‘gift’.

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Yellow-knobbed curassow (Crax daubentoni) at the Houston Zoo. This bird is over 20 years old and has fathered many offspring. The whistle of this species sounds like a bomb dropping in a cartoon.

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Golden-fronted leafbird (Chloropsis aurifrons) at the Houston Zoo.

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A male and female Madagascar button quail (Turnix nigricollis) at the Houston Zoo. This hen has laid many eggs but is not a big fan of her mate, although her mate is a big fan of hers.

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An African pygmy falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus) at the Houston Zoo.

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A great hornbill (Buceros bicornis) at the Houston Zoo.

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A violet-backed starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster) at the Houston Zoo. Though bright purple in sunlight, this bird is extremely difficult to see in the shade of the forest.

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A white-eyed imperial pigeon (Ducula perspicillata perspicillata) at the Houston Zoo.

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A darkling beetle (Eleodes armata) at the Houston Zoo.

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A male western chicken turtle (Deirochelys reticularia miaria) at the Houston Zoo.

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A male western chicken turtle (Deirochelys reticularia miaria) at the Houston Zoo.

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A male western chicken turtle (Deirochelys reticularia miaria) at the Houston Zoo.

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African striped skink, Trachylepis striata, at the Houston Zoo.

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African striped skink, Trachylepis striata, at the Houston Zoo.

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African striped skink, Trachylepis striata, at the Houston Zoo.

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Splash-back poison frog (Ranitomeya variabilis) at the Houston Zoo.

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Splash-back poison frog (Ranitomeya variabilis) at the Houston Zoo.

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An Ashy pit viper (Trimeresurus puniceus) at the Houston Zoo.

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An Ashy pit viper (Trimeresurus puniceus) at the Houston Zoo.

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A Mexican pygmy rattlesnake (Crotalus ravus) at the Houston Zoo.

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A Mexican pygmy rattlesnake (Crotalus ravus) at the Houston Zoo.

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A Mexican pygmy rattlesnake (Crotalus ravus) at the Houston Zoo.

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An Angel Island chuckwalla also known as a spiny chuckwalla (Sauromalus hispidus) at the Houston Zoo.

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