Bird keepers at Paignton Zoo have seen a burst of
It's thought to be thanks to the weather.
Curator of Birds Jo Gregson said: "It's because we had a
cold spring followed by a good summer. Many species have bred later this year."
The current crop of chicks includes toco toucans, red-legged
seriemas, southern screamers and black crowned cranes.
The toco toucan (Ramphastos
toco) can be difficult to breed; Paignton is the only UK zoo to have bred
the species this year. Native to South America, toco toucans are the most
recognizable of the toucan species, with black plumage, white throats and
bright orange bills. Toco toucans are the largest toucans and have the biggest
beak in relation to body size of any bird.
The red-legged seriema comes from the grasslands of Brazil
and is known for its characteristic loud call.
The black crowned crane (Balearica
pavonina) comes from West Africa. It lives in dry savannah in Africa south
of the Sahara and is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN.
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is a registered charity. For more information
go to www.paigntonzoo.org.uk or
ring 0844 474 2222.