Monday, January 27, 2014



This hours-old chick is a Micronesian kingfisher. It was born Friday, January 24, 2014.

With the birth of this chick at the Smithsonian National Zoo, there are now 129 Micronesian kingfishers in the entire world.

Micronesian kingfishers are extinct in the wild. To save the species, the last 29 Micronesian kingfishers were captured on the island of Guam (where brown snakes had wiped them out) and sent them to zoos.

Micronesian kingfishers are very hard to breed, as males and females often refuse to mate and prove to be poor parents.

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