Caribbean flamingo chicks hatch at the Zoo

Caribbean flamingo chicks hatch at the Zoo

In addition to the lesser flamingo chicks, 13 (and counting) Caribbean flamingo chicks hatched their way into the world this summer. These are the first Caribbean flamingo chicks for the Zoo in 2015 and the bird department has been successfully breeding Caribbean flamingos since 2005. In the wild, both parents help build a volcano-shaped nest where the female lays one egg; nests rarely contain two eggs and incubation lasts 28 days. Like the lesser flamingo chicks, these hatchlings are born with fluffy gray feathers, only lighter. However, unlike the lesser flamingo chicks that were hand-reared by keepers, this bird will remain in the flamingo exhibit with their parents and the rest of the flock. 

Posted by Avery Elander at 11:29 AM