Provided by Oregon Coast Aquarium
Newport, Oregon—A black oystercatcher chick that hatched in the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Seabird Aviary exhibit this summer boarded a plane in Portland on August 29 to fly south to its new home at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
The oystercatcher chick picked through the shell of its egg and into the world on July 12. The bird, which now tips the scale at eight times its hatch weight, grew with leaps and bounds thanks to its dedicated parents delivering tasty morsels of chopped clam, shrimp, fish and krill from the trays provided several times daily by aquarium keepers.
The Aquarium’s aviculture staff decided to allow the resident pair of oystercatchers they care for to incubate one of their eggs after receiving a request for a companion for the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s black oystercatcher. The bird will join Monterey’s 20 year old female that was rescued from the wild in Alaska.
Jim Burke, Director of Animal Husbandry, explains “The Aquarium often partners with other zoos and aquarium to breed animals for exhibit. These efforts provide facilities across the world with animal ambassadors that bring life to the call for conservation and reduces the impact of collecting animals from wild populations,” Burke said.
The black oystercatcher is a common shorebird along the Pacific coastline of North America, often seen patrolling the rocky beaches and tide pools where they pry up shellfish using their long laterally-flattened bills. They prefer to live close to where they forage, nesting in hollows and depressions in rocks high above the tide line.
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