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