As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

A day in the life of a bird matchmaker

On Valentine’s Day, many people will be hoping to spend time with a soulmate.

And Richelle Tamayo Avila is someone who can make love happen for lonely souls – just that we’re not talking about humans here, but birds.

Avila, who is from the Philippines and in her thirties, works for the Breeding and Research Centre (BRC) at the Jurong Bird Park as a bird matchmaker.

Finding the right match
In an interview with Yahoo Singapore, Avila said her job scope includes pairing compatible birds up and breeding them.

There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to selecting birds for breeding, such as the birds’ age, blood lines and body condition, Avila said.


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