STORY HIGHLIGHTS


Baby bird boom at St Louis zoo

CNC
Added On July 28, 2016

The bird house at the Saint Louis zoo is making room for a lot more feathered residents.
The spring and summer has brought a baby bird boom.
It’s the type of birds hatching that has zookeepers “pleasantly” pleased.
 
Three months ago a king vulture hatched into the world.
Now, he's nearly full size with a little baby fur.
His birth is extra special for the zoo because the first-time dad was over 40.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH):KC DONALDSON, Bird Keeper
"our king vulture, we are pretty confident is the oldest male that has sired chicks in captivity, so he's 45 years old, so that's pretty impressive, we're all pretty proud."
Something else pretty impressive, for the third year in a row the rhinoceros hornbill gave birth.
 
Baby bird boom at St Louis zoo
And this time it resulted in a first for the zoo.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH):KC DONALDSON, Bird Keeper
"And this year we had a surprise second chick which has never happened so we are just tickled that we have a bonus chick this year, we get to have a set of twins."
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH):KC DONALDSON, Bird Keeper
"We are very lucky in this particular case a lot of the babies that are booming happen to be critically endangered species and we are all really proud of that."
Other new additions include this white headed buffalo weaver who hatched July 17th.
and this collie jay chick, still in its nest with the parents.
Known as the watch dog of the forest, we captured some video at feeding time.
That coupled with the zoo's modern enclosures lets zoo goers not just see the birds more clearly, but also hear them, even smell them.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH):KC DONALDSON, Bird Keeper
"And it makes them feel very connected to nature and we are able to that in a climate control situation which makes it awesome all year 'round, so we are very fortunate to have such a beautiful place to share with people."