Tawny Frogmouth Chick's First Month of Life - Friday 13th December 2013

Tawny Frogmouth Chick's First Month of Life. . . In one month a yellow fluffy Tawny Frogmouth chick born at the St. Louis Zoo has grown into a tawny Tawny Frogmouth chick. . . The tiny Tawny female chick hatched on Nov. 2 at the Saint Louis Zoo's Bird House. She is being cared for by the Zoo's keeper staff during her first 26 days. While it is ideal for the parents to raise their own chicks whenever possible, some first time parents don't always know what to do, so keepers will step in to help rear the chick. The parents of the female frogmouth came to St. Louis from the Darling Downs and Adelaide zoos in Australia as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) for this species. An SSP coordinates breeding and conservation of a species between AZA accredited zoos - a joint project between U.S and Australian partners to bring 12 new founder animals to the population in U.S. zoos. All of the birds were captive born or brought to the Australian zoos as orphaned chicks that could not be released back into the wild. It is hoped that this inter-regional collaborative effort will result in a more sustainable North American population. Frogmouths are carnivorous birds, and zookeepers feed her small mice and insects. The International Union for Conservation of Species lists them as a species of Least Concern, as their wild populations currently seem to be stable. Tawny frogmouths have a geographical range of Australia and Tasmania and live in forest, open woodlands and near human settlements. This bird is named for its wide frog-like mouth, which it uses to capture insects, mice and yes, even frogs. The frogmouth is a master of disguise. It looks remarkably like a broken tree branch as it roosts in a tree during the day. At night when the bird is active, it often makes a drumming 'oom oom' sound. Matt Schamberger, keeper of birds at the zoo, "Our goal is to always have the parents rear their own birds, but this pair is a pair of first-t - St Louis Missouri - Friday 13th December 2013 (3 images)

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