1st Hatch of Hawaiian Bird Breeding Season

Puaiohi #311 hatches

Greetings from the San Diego Zoo’s Maui Bird Conservation Center (MBCC)! We are starting to welcome chicks here at the MBCC for the 2010 breeding season. Over the summer, the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program (HEBCP) hopes to raise four different species of endangered native Hawaiian birds: the `alala (Hawaiian crow), Maui parrotbill, puaiohi (small Kauai thrush), and the palila. I am happy to announce that at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, we celebrated our first hatch of the season! The puaiohi chick is the 310th puaiohi to be hatched by the HEBCP and tipped the scales at approx 3.8 grams (0.13 ounces).

#310 at one day old

As a new staff member here at the MBCC, this is my first time participating in the breeding season, and I am especially excited to start off the summer with a strong and healthy chick. Hot on the heels of #310 (or should that be “hot on the hocks”?), puaiohi chick #311 hatched at approximately the same time the following evening (see photo). Here’s hoping for many more healthy chicks throughout the season!

Michelle Smith is a research associate for the San Diego Zoo’s Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program. Read a previous post about the program, Nene Awareness Day.

Other Hawaii bird posts:
Training an Alala for an Important Job
Maui Parrotbill Hatches
Puaiohi: 300th Chick
Palila: From Hatch to Wild Home

5 Responses to 1st Hatch of Hawaiian Bird Breeding Season

  1. Do birds, as a whole, tend to hatch at certain times of a day or evening? As they’re usually in a nest vs. on the ground, does it matter when they hatch? Thx

  2. On a recent trip to Hawai, I experienced first hand why there has been such a disastrous decline in the native bird population. My friend and I got lost in our rented car outside of Honolulu. We parked under the shade of a tree to consult a map. It was Sunday so the area was quiet. Across the road ran two adult mongooses (Plural?) and some little ones. No wonder the bird population is in trouble

  3. it looks cold…
    do birds get mini blankets?

  4. Congratulations once again for a fantastic accomplishment. Keep up the good work of front-line conservation!!

  5. It’s great news to hear that the season is starting off so well. I hope you will keep us all posted periodically about the hatching rates of the various species. I know that corvid fanciers everywhere are waiting eagerly to hear about this year’s crop of ‘alala chicks!