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Guam Kingfisher

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Guam kingfishers measure up to nine inches long. Both sexes have a long, stout, pointed bill; a black eye strip; and greenish-blue wings. Males have a cinnamon-colored head and chest, and females have a white chest and belly. Males and females work together to build their nest, an activity that helps with bonding. In the…

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Guam Rail

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Flightless birds, Guam rails are mostly dark brown but have white stripes on their belly. Their compact body enables them to move rapidly through dense vegetation. In the wild, they hunts snails, insects, and lizards.They are territorial and will aggressively defend their area against other birds.

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Guardians in the Storm

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While the city shuts down due to the winter storm, Lincoln Park Zoo’s keepers and grounds crew braved the negative temperatures and gusty winds to head in to care for the animals and the zoo. While photos can’t quite do their dedication justice, here’s a roundup of what’s been happening at the zoo this week:…

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Guira Cuckoo

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Guira cuckoos have dark brown, white-striped wings; a long white-tipped tail; and spiky crest feathers. They bear some resemblance to the iconic roadrunner, another member of the cuckoo family. Highly social, these bird are often seen in flocks of six to 20 individuals. They prey on frogs, eggs, insects, and even small mammals, including chicks…

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Hadada Ibis

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Hadada ibises are large birds with brownish-gray plumage that display an iridescent green sheen in sunlight. These birds hunt by dragging their long, curved bill in murky streams and grabbing any insect or small lizard they touch. Males provide nesting material, such as sticks and twigs, to females, who build their nest at the top…

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Hamerkop

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Hamerkops have monochromatic brown plumage with hints of iridescent purple. These wading birds have a darkly colored, long, flat bill that is slightly hooked at the tip. They use their sturdy bill to catch fish, frogs, rodents, and other small animals.

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Harbor Seal

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Harbor seals can reach up to six feet in length, with males usually slightly larger than females. Specially adapted flippers help these aquatic mammals move quickly through the water while a thick coat of waterproof fur helps them stay warm. Harbor seals range from light gray to dark brown in color, and their fur is…

Exhibit Fact Sheet

Helen Brach Primate House

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Helen Brach Primate House features eight naturalistic habitats with vines, trees, murals, and natural lighting that mimics forest ecosystems.

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Helen Brach Primate House

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This fun, immersive space is surrounded by the habitats of 10 different primate species.

Animal Fact Sheet

Helmeted Curassow

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Helmeted curassows have dark plumage with a blue-green gloss across their back and breast, as well as a white belly and red bill. During the day, pairs and small family groups forage together for fallen fruit, seeds, grasses, and small vertebrates and invertebrates.

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Hoffmann’s Two-toed Sloth

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Hoffmann’s two-toed sloths are solitary, largely nocturnal, arboreal animals. These sloths spend most of their time in trees, though they may travel across the ground to move to a new tree. Hoffman’s two-toed sloths are some of the world’s slowest mammals—so slow, in fact, that algae grows on their furry coat. The plant gives them…

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Hooded Merganser

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Hooded mergansers are sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females differ in appearance. Females have a brown body, a white underside, and a light brown crest that extends from the back of their head. Males look similar during non-breeding season, except for their yellow plumage, but during breeding season, they turn black with white stripes near…

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Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond

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In 1868, Chicago’s Lincoln Park Commissioners received a pair of mute swans as a gift from New York City’s Central Park Commissioners. The birds became so popular that Chicago’s free zoo was established.

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How Should Humans Treat Animals?

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The principles of natural selection make clear the fact that animals have adapted to particular environments. We’ve all heard how giraffes evolved long necks to reach the highest branches or how zebras evolved monochromatic stripes to confuse predators. But these principles apply equally to behavior, as well. Animals have evolved patterns of behavior to suit…

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Inca Tern

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Inca terns have a dark gray body and a red beak and legs. Moustache-like tufts of white feathers on each side of their beak signal maturity in males and females. They feed primarily on small fish, such as anchovies, and catch their prey by diving into the water with their pointed beak. Inca terns nest…