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Baby News: It's a Bird!

Crested Coua Chick Hatches at Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo

This is INCREDIBLE because fewer than 40 crested couas live in U.S. zoos and it's happening right here in our own backyard NEW YORK CITY!!  Meteorologist Amy Freeze

Baby Bird at Central Park Zoo

A rare crested coua chick is hand-reared in an off-exhibit area at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo. The chick displays the markings on the inside of its mouth as it prepares to receive food from its caretaker.  These markings are unique for each individual chick and fade as the bird matures.

The markings on the inside of a coua chick’s beak are believed to be used by the parents for identification or as a target to aid in feeding.  Crested couas are a species of cuckoo native to the African island nation of Madagascar. Although widespread in their native range, they are rare in U.S. zoos, with fewer than 40 living in American zoos. The hatching is a significant achievement as WCS’s Central Park Zoo is only the fourth zoo in the U.S. to have successfully reared a coua chick.

The Wildlife Conservation Society has field conservation programs within the crested coua’s range in Madagascar – and in nearly 60 countries and all four of the world’s oceans.


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The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide.  We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo.  Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony.  WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth. www.wcs.org.  
Posted by WABC on October 24, 2012 in Science , Sports , Travel | Permalink


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