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Animal Update - April 6

Published April 06, 2012

Between our Baltimore and Washington, DC, venues, more than 17,500 animals representing 900 species call the National Aquarium home. There are constant changes, additions, and more going on behind the scenes that our guests may not notice during their visit. We want to share these fun updates with our community so we're bringing them to you in our weekly Animal Update posts! Check our WATERlog blog every Friday to find out what's going on... here's what's new this week!

New Sunbittern   A beautiful female Sunbittern was recently released into our Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit. This slim, solitary bird has a blackish, slate-colored head with two white stripes on either side of the face. Its body is mottled, brown with black, and it has some white marks. A long, pointed black and orange bill and red eyes are distinctive.

Note from the caretaker: "Keep an eye out for these birds, and you may be lucky enough to see an amazing transformation. When they are disturbed or threatened, they spread their wings and exhibit very large eyespots—black, yellow, and chestnut. They seem to be saying, 'See how big I am. You can’t hurt me.'" Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!
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