May 10, 2016
For the first time in twenty years a wreathed hornbill (Rhyticeros undulatus) egg has hatched in the zoo. In 1996 a chick hatched for the last time. Wreathed hornbills make a nest in a special way. The couple builds a nest in a hollow tree where the female is completely immured [for protection against predators] with only a small hole to the outside world. The male during breeding feeds the female through this hole.
If there’s a chick, the male’s task of bringing food doubles. After more than three months the chick and mother together will break out of the nest. It therefore takes a while before the chick will be flying in the Birdhouse in Artis. Until then the public from Friday, May 13th, on will be able to follow the progress of the young wreathed hornbill through a camera on a screen at the birds’ compound.