New fluffy flamingo chicks have arrived!
Tuesday 13 August 2013
While they may be lacking their parents’ famous pink feathers, ZSL London Zoo has welcomed two adorable new additions to the flamingo flock
The chicks have been settling in nicely to flock life. As they would in the wild, every member of the group is playing their part in child rearing. You’ll often find the chicks in the middle of the flock, with aunties and uncles watching over the young.
Each chick was born to a different female as flamingos are monogamous birds and only lay a single egg each year. In the wild, if this egg is lost or damaged, the female rarely lays a replacement. This makes flamingo chicks very precious indeed.
The yet-unnamed chicks were both born in July but the older chick enjoys a royal connection, sharing its birthday with Prince William and Kate's first child Prince George.
You may have noticed that these babies are missing some key flamingo features. When they’re born, chicks have small straight bills. Over the first few months this will slowly start to grow and curve, much like the adults’. The iconic pink plumage takes a little longer to develop, around 12 months’ time.
Visit our Royal Zoo Babies!
Visitors can visit all our new arrivals including the these fluffy flamingos this summer with the Royal Zoo Babies tour - simply click on the printable map below to download.