Five little wriggling Conure chicks
30th August 2016
Five Critically Endangered Grey-breasted Conure chicks hatch at Paradise Park in Hayle, Cornwall.
Director Alison Hales comments “We first received this species at Paradise Park in 2015. We were keen to co-operate in the breeding scheme for these pretty conures because the status of the species in the wild is ‘Critically Endangered’. Sadly, surveys show that they are declining rapidly owing to heavy trapping and ongoing habitat loss within their range.”
Watch a video of these five chicks here…
“Our pair came from Chester Zoo and produced five chicks in their first season here.”
Seven eggs were produced and five chicks hatched. They hatch in the order they are laid, so one is several days older and larger than the youngest. At their nest check all had full crops so we know that they are all competing successfully for food, and their parents are doing a great job.
Curator David Woolcock has already been working with other bird collections and already set up two further unrelated pairs at Paradise Park. This latest brood is a valuable addition to the captive population.
Find out more about the species on the World Parrot Trust website here World Parrot Trust Website