Keepers are excited to share the news that we have successfully hatched a Rose-crowned Fruit-dove chick Wednesday 3rd August, 2016. This is the first hatch in 12 years for this species at CWS. Fruit-doves usually breed in the warm summer months when rainfall is high and native fruits abound. It has been quite a challenge to hatch this chick in the dry winter months and previously we had little success. Pigeons and doves are known for their short nest life and we expect the chick to fledge within 7-10 days after which it will accompany its parents around the aviary. Both parents are very attentive and protective of this latest addition and we couldn’t be happier. Make sure you stop by our Rainforest Aviary on your next visit to check out the happy family!
The photo above shows proud and devoted Dad brooding his chick. We will keep you updated with photos in the next few days when the chick says a proper hello to this world!
UPDATE: As you can see from the photos below, this little family of Rose-crowned fruit-doves is doing really well. The chick is now out and flying around, with mum and dad closely by his side.