Crowned Crane pair welcome a chick to their family!

On 30th May 2023, our two Crowned Cranes, Charles and Camilla, welcomed their 10th successful hatchling! The chick has been doing very well and has already grown significantly over the past couple of months – now weighing in at 2.41kg!

Crowned Crane couples such as Charles and Camilla are monogamous and will build a nest together where they can lay up to four eggs at a time. Crowned Cranes are known for the distinctive crest of golden feathers which sit on top of their head, they also have a bright red gular sac underneath their chins which help give them such a striking appearance.

Our Crowned Cranes are fed on a special diet which is scattered around their enclosure once a day. Their enclosure also provides a lot of their food in the form of worms and insects that live in the grass and vegetation which they spend a lot of time foraging for.

Crowned Cranes are currently listed as Endangered on the IUCN red list; so this new arrival is fantastic news for the species as well as Colchester Zoo.

Why not stop by our Edge of Africa area during your next visit to see Charles and Camilla with their new arrival!

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