A flamingo chick has hatched!

21.07.2015

Three days we had the first flamingo chick this year. When hatching, chick is covered with grey floccus. Then the floccus becomes brown, after that - black, and only next year it will turn into pink feathers.

Both parents take turns in covering eggs and feeding chicks. They feed them with "crop milk", i.e. their crop secretion. When chicks are one month old they start feeding themselves and flying, although they have a strong bond with parents until one year old.

Flamingos are very social birds and prefer living in colonies. They are constantly arguing but not in a big way. Our colony has 40 birds and 7 nests, each with an egg. This means we're expecting more chicks to come!​