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 Are You My Mother? Guinea Fowl Chicks Raised By Peahens!

There’s something a little different going on at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo, but it’s working. Two clutches of Guineafowl chicks were incubated by Feta and Blue, the Zoo’s Indian peahens. The chicks hatched on July 7 and 14, and though an entirely different kind of bird, Feta and Blue are now raising the chicks too — even though they look, act, and sound nothing like them. Their roles have been simple: help the chicks avoid common zoo quandaries such as pedestrians, Motor Safari trams, and predators like the occasional overhead hawk. This is important since both species have free range of the zoo grounds every day and night.

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rhamphotheca:

The Cuban Giant Owl (Ornimegalonyx) is an extinct genus of giant owl that measured 1.1 metres (3½ feet) in height. It is closely related to the many species of living owls of the genus Strix. It was a flightless or nearly flightless bird and it is believed to be the largest owl that ever existed. It lived on the island of Cuba. Remains have been abundant throughout the island, in cave deposits from the Late Pleistocene period (~ 10,000 years ago) and at least three nearly complete skeletons have been found…

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illustrations:  © Patricia Wynne & AMNH and Satoshi Kawasaki

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