Rare kingfishers have hatched at the Smithsonian

Wired Magazine: “Two critically endangered Micronesian kingfishers, among the rarest animals in the world, hatched recently at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.

These new chicks, a female hatched July 25 and a male hatched Aug. 20, boost the total world population to 131. The chicks are hand-reared, fed at two hour intervals, seven to eight times a day.

Extinct in the wild for more than 20 years, Micronesian kingfishers are difficult to breed in captivity. . . .

The new birds hatched this summer bring to 10 the number of Micronesian kingfishers at the Smithsonian. “Both chicks are thriving,” said Chris Crowe, a bird keeper at the Conservation Biology Institute, in a press release. “The female flies short distances and is increasingly confident and vocal, and the male is beginning to grow feathers and has a healthy appetite for crickets, mice and small lizards.”

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