Our bird team has been busy this summer caring for all the feathered residents at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. Breeding season is our most demanding time of year, but it can also be the most rewarding. That’s certainly true for Guam kingfishers, the rarest species we care for here at SCBI. There are fewer than 140 Guam kingfishers left in the world, all living in human care.
In my previous update, I was ecstatic to share news of two Guam kingfishers hatching. We let first-time parents Animu and Giha raise their female chick, while we hand-raised their male chick. Both chicks have since fledged, which means they have left the nest to become more independent.