La Porte du Ciel
Tropicalia, the subtropical greenhouse
They can sometimes be heard on the banks of the Amazon, a kind of roaring rattle that does not go unnoticed. The image of this rather small, delicate bird (less than 1 kg) and its resplendent, glistening black plumage with blue green sparkle and light grey wings will certainly make you linger a while.
Nicobar Pigeon, with pit
The Nicobar pigeon has a short beak, blue-green plumage and long ornamental plumes along its neck, all traits of a dove, in the order of colombiformes. A feature of this bird is its strong stomach muscles, which can be used to crack the hardest of pits to find almonds, a delicacy for the few.
We have already met the hornbills in the Oasis, but here all of our attention is focussed on the toucan. With its huge red beak they seem to be very kind, but ... looks can be deceiving. Even though they prefer to consume fruit, nests of other birds seem to be an irresistible temptation for them as they enjoy dining on eggs or birds.
The smallest among the waterfowl have a strong bond to its mate. They do almost everything together and feed on the seeds of the water hyacinth. They also look very similar, but during the mating season the beak of the male turns bright orange.
White-backed duck; During high water seasons these ducks hide among the vegetation on the shore, but as the waterline recedes they become more visible.
Palawan Peacock Pheasant
In the game of seduction the male pushes its chest out, opens its wings and fans its tail feathers. The dazzling colour palette draws further attention with the tail eyes, which is a common trait beauty of this proud bird family.
Crested Wood Patridge
These birds dig through the ground in search of insects, which is a rare habit among galliformes. The young ones return to the mother's nest every evening, which is a peculiar construction with a roof and even a door of sorts.
This is not a real nightingale, but it is easy to confuse it with one because of its singing and his amorous behaviour. In 2005 the park received a royal gift of nightingales from the private collection of Queen Paola, and they were given a new home in the tropical greenhouse.
African Spurred Tortoise
Along with the Galapagos and Aldabra tortoises they are among the largest tortoises in the world. To avoid the extreme heat of the Sahara Desert they dig themselves into the sand until nightfall. Their age can unfortunately not simply be deduced by counting the rings on the shell.
Red and Yellow Barbet
When it comes to food, they know no boundaries as they look through bushes, termite mounds, dry riverbeds and so forth as they try to find insects that are vital for their survival in all nooks and crannies, even inside houses. They live in groups in excavated tunnels in high shoulders, which they defend rather fanatically.
His light reflecting plumage is beautiful, the metal iridescent reflection contrasts well with the white and red light of its body covering. A frequent guest in Africa, they make domed nests in bushes and tree tops of the village centre.
This nomadic type of bird lives in the most arid regions of Africa. It has mastered the art of flying on the spot and the direction of the wind determines its body position as it always flies with its beak into the wind. This allows them to study the ground as they look for food.
During the breeding season swirling, noisy colonies of 10 to 100 birds zealously collect sheep wool for lining their nests. Zebra finches prefer to live in the vicinity of waterholes. During the mating season the males out their best feet forward with a few bright orange cheeks.
Beep, beep, move aside, the roadrunner is coming. This famous cartoon character honours its reputation as the roadrunner as it can reach speeds of up to 35 km/h on the desolate roads in the North American deserts. Despite its running abilities they are very loyal partners.
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A raptor exhibition is the perfect illustration of all that man ever admired as these birds rise above all others, with their majestic, worthy appearance. More info
Oasis and its animals
The Oasis is a huge conservatory (7,000 m2) where the roof can be opened during spells of nice weather and closed when the weather is cold and rainy, while still allowing daylight to enter. More info
Here, more than elsewhere, it is worthwhile to take your time and slow down. This is a piece of paradise on earth, with a fragile and delicate balance, a sanctuary of beautiful birds and with a wealth of colour as if you are in a dream. More info