Houston Zoo successfully hatches 2 rare Blue-billed Curassow chicks

The Houston Zoo successfully hatched two new Blue-billed Curassow chicks yesterday. Considered some of the most critically endangered birds, the Houston Zoo will be hand-rearing just one chick (cared for by a individual soon after hatching) and working with the blue-billed curassow hen to guardian-rear the other chick. Due to its rarity, it’s been about 25 yrs due to the fact the Houston Zoo has attempted mother or father-rearing right after hatching a curassow chick.

Blue-billed Curassow Baby Chick 2021 (Bethany Shick/Houston Zoo)

Before the Zoo’s addition of their Pantanal exhibit, which involves the Blue-billed Curassow, Blue-Throated Macaw and other animals, the curassow chicks have been foster-reared with domestic chickens. The Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums has regarded the moms and dads of the curassow chicks to be genetically beneficial. As visitors check out the Pantanal exhibit, they will be able to see one particular chick alongside with the curassow hen as perfectly as the male curassow (imported from Portugal in 2011 as a important part of AZA’s Species Survival Plan). The hand-reared chick is at this time in a various facility, but it was described that both chicks are carrying out very well and flourishing.

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Blue-billed Curassow Little one Chick 2021 (Bethany Shick/Houston Zoo)

Native to Colombia and listed as critically endangered, the Zoo has been dwelling to some blue-billed curassows due to the fact the 1960s. In accordance to the release, there are fewer than 2,500 of the birds remaining in regions of Northern Columbia. According to the Zoo, a way for guests to distinguish the male and woman curassows is by wanting at their feathers:

  1. The male is black with a white vent and suggestion to the tail, the feathers on the crest are distinctively curled.

  2. Ladies are black with black and white crest feathers and high-quality white barring on the wings and tail.

Blue-billed Curassow Child Chick 2021 (Bethany Shick/Houston Zoo)

As a critically endangered hen, the curassow continues to encounter major threats in its pure habitat together with improvements in dwelling conditions, deforestation and hunting. The Houston Zoo assists to help save these endangered birds through breeding and offering intensive instruction to associates in Colombia. Much more than 50 curassows have been born in Houston so significantly.

Blue-billed Curassow Toddler Chick 2021 (Bethany Shick/Houston Zoo)
Blue-billed Curassow Infant Chick 2021 (Bethany Shick/Houston Zoo)

For much more information and facts on the blue-billed curassow or to uncover out how you can help the Houston Zoo help you save wildlife, go right here.

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