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.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Rare Socorro dove hatches at Bristol Zoo

Photo: ZSL
One of the rarest birds in the world has been bred at Bristol Zoo.

The Socorro dove, which originates from Socorro Island off Mexico, died out in the wild in the 1970s as a result of human disturbance and habitat loss.

The latest arrival was one of two birds to hatch, but one did not survive. It is the first time the doves have bred successfully at the zoo in five years.

There are 100 Socorro doves in captivity around the world, including 25 birds in six UK zoos.

Bristol Zoo's curator of birds, Nigel Simpson, said: "Sadly these birds now only exist in captivity, so to have this chick hatch and survive 40 years after they were last seen in the wild is a great achievement."


More information on the Socorro Dove (Zenaida graysoni):

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