A hatchling first for Dudley Zoo

Dudley Zoo have hatched their first Violet Turaco Chick in the attractions’ 80 year history.

The chick, which hatched on July 1, can be spotted eagerly clambering around the branches in one of the triple aviaries. Birds section leader, Nicola Wright, said:

“We’re really excited about the latest arrival, which is doing really well.

“It’s the first baby for the female, but mum has been doing a very good job of rearing it and we struggled to spot it in the first few days as she hid it very well in the nest, but it’s now fledged so is gaining more independence.”

Violet turacos, usually found in the forests of west Africa, have a glossy violet plumage with a thick orange bill, yellow forehead and crimson crown. The youngster is beginning to lose its initial fluffy grey down and starting to gain its adult waterproof feathers.

Keepers have also spotted the start of the first colouring to its head, although it won’t be fully coloured until its around a year old.

The zoo's adult pair are part of a European studbook managed breeding programme and it is hoped the newest arrival will move to another collection in the future.


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