Tawny Frogmouth Chicks Hatch At SeaWorld Orlando

17 Feb 2014

The SeaWorld Orlando Aviculture Team has its hands full providing round-the-clock care for four tawny frogmouth chicks that recently hatched in the park. They currently weigh between 18-240 grams - as little as the weight of 18 paperclips - and will eventually grow to weigh as much as 600 grams, just more than half a bag of sugar.

The chicks are being hand-raised by the SeaWorld Aviculture Team, and it's a 24-hour job caring for the hatchlings. Each chick goes home with a member of the team each night to provide scheduled feedings every three to four hours and monitor them closely throughout the night.

SeaWorld Orlando is a leader in care for tawny frogmouths and has one of the most successful breeding programs. Since the program started in 1993, 51 frogmouth chicks have hatched at the park. g hand-raised by the SeaWorld Aviculture Team, and it's a 24-hour job caring for the hatchlings. Each chick goes home with a member of the team each night to provide scheduled feedings every three to four hours and monitor them closely throughout the night.

Although they may look like owls, tawny frogmouths are far from it and are not a part of the same family.  Tawny frogmouths are native to Australia and have distinct markings that help them camouflage on a tree branch.

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