9 Flamingo Chicks Hatch at Dublin Zoo

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9 Flamingo Chicks Hatch at Dublin Zoo

Thursday, 16 August 2018

The chicks hatched after a 30 day incubation and now join the 86-strong flock at Dublin Zoo. With a number of eggs still in the nest, keepers are eagerly awaiting several more hatchlings in the coming weeks. 

The Chilean Flamingo is famed for its striking pink plumage with crimson feathers along the edge of the wings. They stand over a metre tall and with a wingspan of up to 100cm.  At birth the chicks have a grey, white plumage which they lose gradually over a two or three-year period when their pink feathers begin to show.  Their colour comes from carotenoid pigments which they consume as part of their diet.

Keeper Lee Byrne said, “We are delighted with the arrival of the chicks. They were all hatched within two weeks of each other, so it has been an exciting time at Flamingo Lagoon. About four days after hatching they left their nest and ventured towards the water.

To see the newest members of the flock visit Dublin Zoo’s Flamingo Lagoon. Dublin Zoo, a not-for-profit organisation, is open seven days a week from 9.30am to 6pm from March - September. For further information on Dublin Zoo visit www.facebook.com/dublinzoo, www.dublinzoo.ie.

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