An Andean flamingo looks after a surrogate Chilean flamingo chick, repressed, and replaced his own unfertilized egg, in Slimbridge, England, in this undated photo. The British conservation charity Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust says a record-breaking high temperatures encouraged a rare flock of Andean flamingos to lay eggs for the first time since 2003, but their eggs were infertile so the MST gave them the eggs of their relatives, the Chilean flamingos, to look after and satisfy their nurturing instincts. (Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust via AP)
Several Andean flamingo’s on a reserve in Gloucestershire, England, have laid eggs for the first time in more than a decade, a British conservation charity announced last week.
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (MST) has shared the news about the birds of MST Slimbridge in a Thursday press release.
“The rare flock of Andean flamingos on MST Slimbridge become foster parents to chicks hatched from their near-relatives, Chilean flamingos, after the hot spell is activated they lay their first eggs since 2003,” he said.
Six Andean flamingos laid nine unfertilized eggs, the MST is added.
We have some exciting news to share with you. Our Andean flamingo flock began nesting, but unfortunately none of the eggs were fertile, so they are foster parents, some Chilean chicks! Read all about it here > https://t.co/F1eBvFK9Cm pic.twitter.com/Qdcbbq2hJa
— MST Slimbridge (@WWTSlimbridge) August 9, 2018
However, the birds will still be able to practice their parental skills.
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“Unfortunately none of the eggs were viable, so with the Andes in full parenting mode, we gave them Chilean chicks to raise as their own,” Mark Roberts, aviculture manager at Slimbridge, said in a statement. “It is a great motivation and very enriching for the birds.”
The MST says it is years ago that the birds are reproduced.
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“The herd for the last successfully bred in 1999 and, interestingly enough, one of the chicks that hatched when it is currently nesting,” the trust notes.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides information on the reproduction rates online, the Washington Post.
“Breeding rates are consistently low, and it is estimated that the species to suffer a decline of the population between the years ’70 and ’90, the current estimates are that only 38,000-39,000 people, making it the most rare species of flamingo,” it says.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.