Phoenix Zoo home to 250 birds

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The Phoenix Zoo currently has more than 250 birds throughout the zoo.

Each species has a beak with a particular shape and size that directly relates to what and how they eat. By looking at a bird's beak, (also called rostrum) you can distinguish the type of food it eats, where and how they get their food, how it may weave its nest, defends its territory, attacks competitors, grooms feathers, and how it communicates.

Bird beaks work like hammers, chisels, pincers, nutcrackers, hooks, and spears in order to get just the right morsel of food. Beaks can be a combination of strength and sensitivity, strong enough to crack a walnut yet delicate enough to peel a grape.

Since survival of a species truly depends on their ability to adapt to their environment, it's extremely important for birds to use their beaks by any means possible to survive in their existing habitats.

The Phoenix Zoo is located at 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. Rain or shine, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Day (Dec. 25). Regular-season hours (Sept. 1-May 31) are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Summer hours (June 1-Aug. 31) are 7 a.m.-1 p.m. during the week and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on the weekends Admission is $14 for adults, $6 for children and $9 for seniors. For more information, call 602-273-1341 or visit .