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visiting the San Diego Zoo
San Diego, California
Monday, March 23, 2009

watching the birds --- #1 of 7

This is a Micronesian Kingfisher. It was a native of Guam and the northern Mariana Islands in the North Pacific Ocean.

This species currently is extinct in the wild. The San Diego Zoo is one of several zoos in the United States that is participating in a captive breeding program, with the goal of creating a large enough population for release back into the wild.
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Apr 14 2009 02:45 GMT potterjo
I wish them all of the success in the world!
Apr 14 2009 09:29 GMT bennystr
Fabulous capture!
Similar to the White-throated Kingfisher here.
Apr 14 2009 16:00 GMT kosmos PRO
A pretty bird.
Apr 14 2009 18:33 GMT ashdad PRO
Beautiful bird! I hope they are successful!
Apr 14 2009 21:21 GMT annieann PRO
a great shot !!
Apr 16 2009 01:01 GMT Studio88
A Rare Bird - Interesting Info ;-)
Apr 16 2009 09:54 GMT lalewa
Lovely bird..