August 2, 2022 (BALTIMORE, MD) – The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is happy to announce that two Von der Decken’s Hornbill (Tockus deckeni) chicks hatched in its African Aviary on July 4th and seventh.
The 2-week outdated chicks gained’t be seen for a number of weeks. That’s as a result of, earlier than they lay their eggs, the female and male Von der Decken’s mud up the doorway to the nest with the feminine inside, leaving solely a small opening by way of which the male brings meals for the feminine and, as soon as they hatch, her chicks. When the chicks are giant sufficient, the feminine will break herself out of the nest and each dad and mom mud the doorway to re-seal it in order that the feminine can be part of the male in bringing meals to the chicks.
“We first introduced Von der Decken’s to the Maryland Zoo in 2012 and have had success with our breeding pair and the offspring of those placing, extremely social birds,” mentioned Jen Kottyan, the Zoo’s Curator of Birds. “They’re straightforward to identify with hooked beaks and white and black feathers. The feminine has a black beak whereas male has a brilliant orange beak. They’re all very agile flyers.”
The Maryland Zoo’s Von der Decken’s will be seen contained in the African Aviary alongside the African Watering Gap Boardwalk. At present, the aviary is closed to the general public as a biosecurity measure in opposition to the avian flu. (Avian flu is very contagious to birds, and will be carried into the exhibit on the bottoms of sneakers.) However the nesting field and grownup male are simply seen by way of the aviary netting.
Von der Decken’s hornbill is a small member of the hornbill household named after the German explorer Baron Karl Klaus Von der Decken, who described this fowl in his writings about his explorations in Africa.
These birds are discovered throughout japanese Africa from central and japanese Tanzania, all through Kenya, and into southeastern Ethiopia and Somalia. They favor the open bush and scrubby woodlands of dry savanna and arid steppe. Within the wild, their weight loss program consists of snails, mice, nestling birds, lizards, tree frogs, seeds, fruit, berries, and bugs. On the Zoo they’re fed a mix of meat, fruit, greens and bugs.
Pictures: Maryland Zoo.