Rare cockatoo chick hatches at Bristol Zoo Gardens

An extremely rare Philippine cockatoo chick has been hatched at Bristol Zoo gardens for the first time.

The arrival of the chick is extremely important because Philippine cockatoos are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list which means they are critically endangered.

The parents arrived in Bristol in 2004 and have since spent time at the Zoo and at Wild Place Project near Cribbs Causeway.

Trevor Franks, team leader of birds, said during his 10 years at the Zoo he had only previously seen one egg from this pair of Philippine cockatoos and that was broken.

But this year there were four eggs two of which were fertile and one of which hatched.

The egg which is smaller than a chicken’s egg hatched after being incubated for 28 days.

Trevor said: "This year things really took off. When the egg hatched we were really jumping for joy."

Keepers are now keeping a close watch on the parents of the newly hatched chick as they have never before reared any young.

As their name suggests they come from the Philippines where until 1950 they were common.

But they have since gone into a rapid decline with the population now estimated at between just 560 and 1,150.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work in the zoo, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.


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