The baby orangutan isn’t the only new kid in town. Just across from the orangutans in our Tropical Flights aviaries you can find another new addition to the Zoo, a rhinoceros hornbill chick! This is the sixth rhinoceros hornbill chick to fledge at the Zoo. Rhinoceros hornbills are very unique in how they lay and care for their eggs. The female will lay her eggs inside a tree cavity and then the pair uses mud and fruit to seal the female inside. The male passes food to her through a tiny hole while the female sits on the eggs. The female is in the nest for three months, and the chick leaves the nest 6-8 weeks after she leaves. You can easily tell the chick apart from its parents as it has yet to develop the adult casque, or “horn”, on its bill that these birds are known for. Stop by to see the chick during your next visit! Photo by WJ Wheaton.
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