SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A pair of green-naped pheasant pigeons hatched their first chick with assistance from Tracy Aviary’s Bird Care Staff back on March 14.
Tracy Aviary says the pigeons, Linda and Bob, weren’t able to previously incubate past eggs successfully, so bird care staff helped with the incubation and the keepers were hand-rearing the chick to provide the “best chance of survival.”
Bob and Linda were previously selected to be paired by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums due to genetic value, and after some health scares, the two returned to mate and being courting eggs.
Guests who visit the aviary can see pigeon pair at Treasures of The Rainforest
“It’s a unique opportunity to be a part of a bird’s small milestones, like standing, opening its eyes, and preening its newly formed feathers. We feel honored to witness the chick’s progress and look forward to learning more about this species since this is our first green-naped pheasant pigeon breeding pair,” said Kate Lyngle-Cowand, Curator of exhibit collections at Tracy Aviary in a statement.