SeaWorld Orlando Welcomes the Flamingo and Tawny Frogmouth Chicks!
On August 16th, 2014, the flamingo frogmouth chick hatched, weighing in at one pound. The chick is on display with its parents in the flamingo habitat which is located near the Manta. Today, the chick stands approximately 18 inches tall and weighs in at three pounds. Once fully grown, it will be five feet tall and double its weight. I didn’t realize they were that tall.
Both parents share the feeding responsibilities, which is a crop milk that comes from the parents’ upper digestive tract. As the parents are feeding the young chick, they lose their pink color and turn a pale pink or even white. The chick won’t gain it’s full color until it’s about three years old. Their bright pink feathers come from the carotenoid pigments they consume as part of the crustaceans found in their diet. The parents will eventually gain their color back as the chicks become more independent.
On August 23, a tawny frogmouth chick also hatched. Much smaller than the flamingo chick, the tawny frogmouth chick weighed in at just 9 grams or .3 ounces. At one month old, it now weighs 160 grams or 5.6 ounces. It will grow to weigh up to 600 grams or 1.3 pounds. The parents were first time layers and weren’t sitting on the egg correctly, the chick is now being hand raised by the SeaWorld Aviculture Team. Much like a newborn and needing close monitoring, the chick required 24 hour round the clock care, so it was sent home with one of the aviculturists.
Tawny frogmouth chicks are native to Australia and known for it’s wide frog like mouth used to capture insects. SeaWorld Orlando is a leader in the care of flamingos and tawny frogmouth chicks. In addition to being a major contributor to global programs and flamingo husbandry research. SeaWorld Orlando partners with several members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums dedicated to the future success of the species.
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Photo credits: SeaWorld Orlando
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