National Zoo gets chirpier
The zoo’s Red-billed Hornbills have broken a 16-year dry spell with the birth of a new chick -- and maybe two.
It’s hard for zoo officials to confirm whether a second chick was born because of the African-native bird’s unusual nesting behavior. After a female lays eggs, she seals herself inside her nest using mud, droppings and food, emerging only after about two months. She depends on the father to provide food through a slit.
“There is a good possibility there may be another [chick],” said Kathy Brader, a bird keeper at the zoo.
The zoo’s Temminck’s Tragopans also welcomed a new chick in recent weeks. Three of the Asian birds hatched May 24, but only one survived with the help of intensive care from zoo workers.
Photos: Birds at the Nat'l Zoo
-- Mike McPhate
The comments to this entry are closed.