Animal Update: Pied Pigeon Chick

We have a pied imperial pigeon chick in our Australia: Wild Extremes exhibit! 

Published August 07, 2015

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In the Fall of 2014, the Australia team acquired a female pied imperial pigeon to encourage breeding in our exhibit. By the Spring of 2015, the female had paired with one of our males and started building a nest in a centrally-located ficus tree.

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Unfortunately, the pair’s nest was poorly constructed and their first egg fell to the floor. Our aviculturists quickly constructed a mesh platform, expertly camouflaged with twigs, and placed it directly underneath the nest. This supported nest structure provided the stability needed for the female pigeon’s next clutch of eggs, laid in June. 

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We’re happy to report that the pair’s egg successfully hatched on July 16th! Under the watchful eye of our Aviculturists, the parents are taking great care of their chick. 

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates from our team!

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