A new rare birds enclosure is set to open at Edinburgh Zoo after the closure of the last one.
Brilliant Birds will showcase exotic species from around the globe in Scotland's largest walk-through aviary, situated in the former 320sq m Rainbow Landings enclosure, which housed rainbow lorikeets and was shut down in October last year after operating costs overran. Now, visitors to Brilliant Birds can walk through the free-flying aviary, as they did at Rainbow Landings; however, unlike at Rainbow Landings they are not allowed to feed the birds.
There will be twenty-four birds drawn from eight different rare birds species at the exhibition, although there will be no lorikeets this time. Among the colourful attractions at Brilliant Birds is the Bali starling, which is one of the world's rarest birds. Edinburgh Zoo is the only place in Scotland to have them.
Also at the exhibition will be the Nicobar pigeon - one of the closest living relatives of the legendary extinct dodo – which is classified as near threatened, while the blue-faced honey-eater is another of the Brilliant Birds.