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.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Toledo Zoo announces recent hatching of brown kiwi chick

 MAY 16, 2019
 The Toledo Zoo announced Thursday that a female North Island brown kiwi chick recently hatched at the zoo’s Avian Breeding Center.
The egg was laid Jan. 9 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, which is affiliated with the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Staff there determined the developing embryo inside was a female through sophisticated blood-draw techniques.
They drove the egg to the Toledo Zoo several weeks before its expected hatch date to finish incubating here. The yet-to-be-named chick hatched March 21, appears healthy, and is currently being raised off-exhibit.
North Island brown kiwi are one of five existing kiwi species endemic to New Zealand. Only about half of all kiwi eggs hatch successfully and nearly 90 percent of chicks die within six months.

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