Friday, May 23, 2014

Burrowing Owl Chicks Hatched

Nine Burrowing Owl chicks have hatched at the Sacramento Zoo. Eight hatched on May 5th and the last one hatched on May 6th.

Two are inside the exhibit burrow and will start making appearances outside the nest over the next couple of months. The other seven chicks are being hand-raised to become outreach animals, acting as ambassadors for their wild counterparts. To keep track of who's who, the top of each owl's head has a unique color.

They are native to North and South America and can be seen in grassy fields right here in the Sacramento Valley. Burrowing Owls are a very important grassland predator, keeping rodent populations in check.

Six of the seven owls being hand-raised. 18 days old.
Zookeeper hand-feeding an owl chick.
The yellow chick wanted in the photo too.