Dana M Williams Pacific Daily News
Published 1:32 p.m. UTC Jun 1, 2018
One of the rarest birds in the world - a Guam kingfisher - recently hatched at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia, the institute announced Thursday.
Only 140 of the birds exist in the world, and none live in the wild. All of the birds are descended from 29 individuals that were placed in human care in the 1980s to save the species from extinction.
The chick, which hatched May 17, is the 19th Guam kingfisher hatched by the institute.
According to the institute, the birds are notoriously hard to breed, and the new chick's parents were not displaying appropriate parenting behaviors. The chick has been living in an incubator and is being hand-raised.
The chick is being fed a diet of chopped mice and crickets, mealworms and anoles, the institute said.
The last time a Guam kingfisher hatched at the institute was 2014