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 1 October 2018

Source To survive in the wild, native alala birds undergo training to spot predators

Tuesday, September 18th 2018, 3:02 am BDTTuesday, September 18th 2018, 5:52 am BDT
By Pono Suganuma, Digital Content Producer

Alala birds raised in captivity are undergoing predator aversion training to learn how to survive in the wild.
The Alala Project is an innovative conservation program that seeks to bring these native Hawaiian birds back from extinction.
Raised in captivity within the Puu Makaala Natural Area Reserve, alala have never been exposed to predators like the io bird. Like many animals, alala don’t recognize potential predators if they don’t have anyone to learn from.
“We provide that learning opportunity by mimicking biologically relevant scenarios that they’d get had they been born in the wild,” said Alison Greggor, who works at the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo.


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