Toucan chicks hatch at Newquay Zoo for first time in 55 years

Three green aracari toucans have hatched at Newquay Zoo
-Credit: (Image: Newquay Zoo)


Newquay Zoo is abuzz with excitement following the successful hatching of three green aracari toucan chicks, marking a first in the zoo's 55-year history for what is known to be the smallest member of the toucan family.

The breeding success story unfolded as the 12-year-old female, a resident since 2017, and a young male who joined from Cotswolds Wildlife Park in February, formed an instant bond. Following a period of courtship, the trio of chicks emerged in late May.

Now fully fledged, the two male and one female chicks have taken to the skies, showcasing their ability to fly. Green aracaris are known for their monogamous nature and cooperative parenting approach, with both sexes sharing responsibilities such as egg incubation, feeding, and caring for their young as they begin to explore beyond the nest.

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Senior Animal Keeper at Newquay Zoo, Dan Trevelyan, shared his enthusiasm over the news and said:: "It's been a fantastic experience watching the chicks growing and changing day-by-day. To find out more about Newquay Zoo, visit its website, here.

"When they first hatched, they looked a lot like dinosaurs, but now their feathers have grown in, and we've been able to identify the sexes of the chicks by the colours of their heads. Males have dark black neck and head feathers, whilst the females are reddish brown."

Green aracaris, originating from the lowland forests of north-eastern South America, including Brazil, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela, are not considered endangered. However, they face threats due to habitat loss from deforestation and are also popular in the exotic pet trade.

Newquay Zoo is a part of Wild Planet Trust, a charity dedicated to stopping species decline through conservation efforts and education.

Three green aracari toucans have hatched at Newquay Zoo
Three green aracari toucans have hatched at Newquay Zoo -Credit:Newquay Zoo

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