Birmingham, Ala. (WBRC) – Birmingham Zoo has two new additions! Barron and pinecones, American flamingo chicks, hatch this summer.
It is the first time that flamingos have nested in the zoo and hatched fertilized eggs.
Once the flamingos find a mate, they will build a mud cone shaped like a volcano as a nest. Flamingo pairs are monogamous. Both parents help build the nest, where they lay one egg and then take turns incubating for 28 days.
The Baron, who was bred on June 29, 2022 with fluffy feathers, was named after the Birmingham Baron who introduced the red clay used in their custom.
The following week, another new chick named Pinecone hatched to a separate group of parents. The flamingo chicks will spend the next several months bonding with the parents, learning to feed themselves, and growing more independent.
This year’s successful nesting season may be due in part to mud donated to their habitat. In 2020, the Birmingham Barons, a Double-A division of the Chicago White Sox, donated mud from the lands field for the zoo’s newly renovated flamingo habitat. “It is the mixture of sand and clay that makes it an ideal consistency for flamingos to build their long, mound-shaped nests,” according to Tiffany Thompson, assistant curator for the birds. “We were happy when they started breeding and nesting in early spring.”
Jonathan Nelson, President of Birmingham Barron’s, said, “To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the District Field this year, and to know that we have contributed to the growth of the zoo’s family of animals and conservation efforts, in even the simplest of ways, is a huge honor.” Director general. “And to have such a wonderful result in a successful nesting and two new baby flamingos is the best anniversary gift we can hope to receive.”
“We are proud of the long-standing community partnership that the zoo has with the Birmingham Barons,” says Chris Pfefferkorn, President and CEO of Birmingham Zoo. “More than providing nesting mud, Baron is constantly supporting wildlife and wildlife conservation by helping the zoo accomplish our mission – this strong relationship continues to grow in amazing ways.”
Baron and Pinecone will go through several stages as they grow into adults with long stilt-like legs and full pink plumage. After hatching with white down, the young flamingos will turn gray within a few months before turning pink within their first 1-2 years of life.
Visitors are welcome to see Baron and Pinecone now at the zoo’s Flamingo Lake.
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