Rare hornbill chicks hatch


This video says about itself:

A male Visayan Writhed-billed Hornbill / Visayan Wrinkled Hornbill / Rufous-headed hornbill (Aceros waldeni) feeding the female and chicks in its nest hole in a Shorea tree, lowland rainforest, central mountain range, Panay, Philippines. The species is Critically Endangered.

Translated from bird park Avifauna in Alphen, the Netherlands:

A first: chicks for highly endangered hornbill

July 25, 2011

Avifauna bird park has added three very rare Visayan Tarictic hornbills to its collection. Very special, as this species has never been born before in mainland Europe and outside the Philippines, there are just two places in the world where one can see it.

The Visayan Tarictic hornbill (Penelopides panini panini) occurs in the wild only on a few Philippine islands. It is one of the most endangered hornbill species in the world, the wild population is estimated at less than 1,000 individuals. The biggest threats to it are the pet trade, hunting and deforestation. In order to protect these birds and their habitats in the Philippines, a project was started by Avifauna Bird Park and Chester Zoo in England, working with the Philippine government. Additionally, these two zoos have started a European zoo breeding program to serve as back up for the wild population.

In 2007, the parents came to Avifauna Bird Park as part of the European breeding program. This year, the first eggs were laid and the first chicks of this species hatched. The female sits with the chicks walled in inside a hollow tree in the Philipinnes hall of the bird park. In the wild, it is necessary to make the nest opening small to protect the young from predators. It will take about one month before the female will come out. The chicks will be two months old when they will emerge and will fly off immediately.

With hornbills, the difference between males and females is often visible. With the Visayan Tarictic hornbill, this difference is even really clear, because males are white and females are black. When the chicks will fledge, their colours will immediately say which sex they are.

Photos of the chicks are here.

Hornbills have eyelashes–but they are really feathers: here.

Fast Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 97 – The Visayan Warty Pig: here.

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