We are happy to announce that the first Eastern Bristlebird chick for the season has hatched! This new chick is a valuable addition to the captive population as it is the first chick to hatch from our wild genetics pair. Both dam and sire are very attentive and navigating parenthood superbly considering they are first time parents. Mum spends the majority of the time brooding this precious chick while Dad helps with the feeding. Stay tuned for more pictures and updates as the chick progresses.
Eastern Bristlebird breeding season has begun and we are off to a great start with one of our females already incubating eggs! Eastern bristlebird nest sites are chosen by the male bristlebird, while the female weaves the intricate nest using grasses.
In captivity our Bristlebird breeding pairs can nest almost all year round with only a short break during winter for a month or two! When our birds are taking a break from nesting this allows keepers the much needed chance to refurbish aviaries and prepare for the next breeding season. There is never a spare moment when you are caring for a Critically Endangered species!
Having determined the sex of our latest Eastern Bristlebird fledgling we are now able to set up 6 breeding pairs for our captive population. This is a huge step forward for the recovery program and will hopefully allow us to increase the numbers of this endangered species in captivity, with the ultimate goal of releasing birds back to the wild!
In order to identify all of our Eastern Bristlebird offspring it is important that each bird is given a unique leg band. Our keepers carefully applied a coloured aluminium leg band to our newest fledgling's left leg to identify her as a female. Males are banded on the right leg.
Our Eastern Bristlebird fledgling has been sexed as a female from DNA testing. She is the most recent of four chicks that were bred at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary this past breeding season. This success brings us a little bit closer to our goal of releasing birds back into the wild!
The Northern Eastern Bristlebird Dasyornis brachypterus monoides, is one of the most critically endangered populations with less than 50 individuals estimated to remain in the wild. This population is found only in south-eastern Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales and faces extinction in the wild from threatening processes such as habitat loss, grazing and predation. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in conjunction with the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) manages the captive breeding program for this threatened species. This captive program serves as an insurance population to increase Bristlebird numbers through captive breeding and collection of eggs and/or chicks...