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.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Extremely rare bird is born at Bristol Zoo…with a face only its mother could love

Extremely rare bird is born at Bristol Zoo...with a face only it's mother could love 
An extremely rare bird has been born at a UK zoo for the first ever time — with a face only its mother could love.

The Philippine cockatoo chick, which has not yet been named, hatched last week weighing a tiny 0.207 lbs.

But the chick quickly became a contender for the ugliest bird in the world with its saggy, featherless skin and crusting, undeveloped beak.

It will, however, find comfort in the fact that one day he will grow up to be a beautiful white bird, with bright orange and yellow tail feathers on its underside.

This extremely rare chick has been hatched at Bristol Zoo Gardens for the first ever time.
The chick’s arrival at Bristol Zoo gardens is particularly significant because the breed of bird is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s red list.

The critically endangered species has seen a rapid population reduction owing to extensive loss of its lowland habitats and trapping for the cagebird trade.

The chick’s family is now being kept under close surveillance because the parents have never reared any young before.

Its parents were brought to Bristol Zoo in 2004 and have since divided their time between there and the Wild Place Project near Cribbs Causeway.

Bristol Zoo Gardens team leader of birds, Trevor Franks, said during his ten years at he had only previously seen one egg from this pair of Philippine cockatoos – and that had been broken.


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