Navigation Links
Male bird at Smithsonian's National Zoo has special reason to celebrate Father's Day
Date:6/6/2008

How will the only male rhea at the Smithsonian's National Zoo spend Father's Day? He will spend it much like he has spent the past eight weeks: as a proud papa nurturing and caring for his four chicks born April 20. This is the first time in some 30 years that rhea chicks have hatched at the Zoo.

"The birth of these chicks comes at a time when the number of rheas in zoos is declining," said Zoo biologist Sara Hallager. "By developing a rhea studbook--an official record relating to the animal's history--we are hoping to ensure that knowledge relating to their husbandry is retained and to stimulate further interest in the birds both inside and outside of zoos."

Besides the bird's monumental size, the males' parenting behavior is rather unusual. The male bird hatches and raises the young. After mating, the male builds a nest and incubates the eggs. Once the eggs are hatched, he continues to rear the chicks, guarding them from any potential threatincluding humans and even female rheasfor the first six months.

A large, flightless bird, the rhea is native to South America and is part of the family of birds known as ratites, which also includes the ostrich, emu, kiwi and cassowary. Rheas are often mistaken for ostriches because they share similar characteristics, including large feathers and a similar facial structure, and grow to an impressive size. The Zoo's male rhea stands 5 feet 8 inches and its two females are between 4 1/2 and 5 feet tall.

"The dad is doing a great job," Hallager said. "First-time parents sometimes don't know what to do. With this guy, it's pure instinct."

In the fall, the four birdstwo males and two femaleswill find permanent homes at zoos in the U.S.

Until then, the National Zoo's entire rhea familythe male, two females and four chicksmay be viewed at the outside exhibit at the Birdhouse (between the flamingoes and cassowaries) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.


'/>"/>

Contact: Sarah Taylor
taylors@si.edu
202-633-3081
Smithsonian
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Wolves find happy hunting grounds in Yellowstone National Park
2. BIO-key(R) International to Showcase Deployed Biometric Security Applications at 2007 Biometric Technology Expo
3. ESMO International Symposium on Immunology
4. Story tips from the US Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory, September 2007
5. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, CIO to Speak at Government Security Conference
6. Director of National Intelligence to Speak at Conference
7. Singapore National Science and Technology Awards
8. Conservation International and Toyota partner to protect Philippines rain forests
9. International team shows mercury concentrations in fish respond quickly to increased deposition
10. International team shows mercury concentrations in fish respond quickly to increased deposition
11. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, CIO to Speak at Government Security Conference
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Male bird at Smithsonian's National Zoo has special reason to celebrate Father's Day
(Date:9/15/2014)... is a vital source of energy for both plants ... its way into the cell could lead to the ... increase in the amount of fruits and vegetables farmers ... uncovered one of these "pathways" into the cell by ... a strand of spider silk. , To determine the ...
(Date:9/15/2014)... issue of the journal Science comes out, ... Montana and even the Netherlands, thanks to the type ... norm in these connected times. Yes, the research was ... in biology, medicine, biotechnology and agriculture. It could save ... that one, that one knew another one, and brilliant ...
(Date:9/15/2014)... reef ecologists fears that reef biodiversity may not provide ... once thought. , In an international study published today, ... for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) says we need ... reef ecosystems. , In coral reefs, just as in ... the ecosystem safe and functioning. , Professor Bellwood ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):X-rays unlock a protein's SWEET side 2X-rays unlock a protein's SWEET side 3Collaboration drives achievement in protein structure research 2Specialized species critical for reefs 2
... of infection in some hospital wards varies dramatically according ... A University of Leeds-led team studied airflow in a ... two rows of up to 30 bedsby using tracer ... found ventilation in the ward was generally good when ...
... CITY, Calif. , April 16, 2013   DigitalPersona, ... solutions, today announced that Papa John,s restaurants in ... fingerprint biometrics to speed and secure employees, and managers, ... in northern China are using ...
... April 16, 2013 Studies have shown that about ... (HIV) have an elevated resting energy expenditure (REE). Their ... body temperature, and breathing. Most studies have been conducted ... small sample sizes. A team of researchers has sought ...
Cached Biology News:Energy efficiency could increase infection risks in hospital wards 2Energy efficiency could increase infection risks in hospital wards 3Papa John's Restaurants in China Speed and Secure Workflow with DigitalPersona Fingerprint Biometrics 2Women with HIV shown to have elevated resting energy expenditure 2
(Date:9/15/2014)... developed a technique for controlling the surface tension of ... door to a new generation of reconfigurable electronic circuits, ... fact that the oxide "skin" of the metal ... a surfactant, lowering the surface tension between the metal ... liquid metal alloy of gallium and indium. In base, ...
(Date:9/15/2014)... idea of fibers made of carbon nanotubes is neat, but ... The single-walled carbon nanotubes in new fibers created at Rice ... process designed by chemist Angel Mart and his colleagues. , ... results this month in the journal ACS Nano , ... together into a fiber. , Left to their own devices, ...
(Date:9/15/2014)... (PRWEB) September 15, 2014 Bioptigen ... deep imaging OCT system for the optical device metrology ... EnvisuTM S4410 SDOCT for Contact Lens Metrology ... standard and high complexity contact lens, IOL structures, and ... of a complete contact lens immersed in a hydration ...
(Date:9/15/2014)... Idaho , Sept. 15, 2014  iVinci Health ... only comprehensive Patient Revenue Management system, branded as VisitPay®, ... company also announced the launch of a new extension ... that provides an easy and convenient way for patients ... for balances owed by them and their families. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Researchers control surface tension to manipulate liquid metals 2Rice rolls 'neat' nanotube fibers 2Rice rolls 'neat' nanotube fibers 3Bioptigen Introduces Deep Imaging OCT System for Contact Lens Metrology 2iVinci Health Raises $5M to Fuel National Expansion, Announces Launch of Personal Finance Portal for Healthcare 2iVinci Health Raises $5M to Fuel National Expansion, Announces Launch of Personal Finance Portal for Healthcare 3
... BEIJING , Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Medical Technologies,Inc. (the "Company") ... participate at the,following investor conferences in March 2010 : , , Investor Conference ... Location, Rodman & Renshaw Annual ... ...
... , Full enrollment occurs five months ahead of ... 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Resverlogix Corp. ("Resverlogix" or the "Company") ... Phase 2 clinical study of its lead drug RVX-208. "The ... full 5 months ahead of our original schedule, is a ...
... ... agency, announced today that it has been selected by Invida Group, the leading provider ... communications and public relations program. , ... Salem, MA (Vocus) February 8, 2010 -- LaVoie Group , ...
Cached Biology Technology:China Medical Technologies to Participate Investor Conferences in March 2010 2Resverlogix Completes Patient Recruitment for ASSERT Trial 2Resverlogix Completes Patient Recruitment for ASSERT Trial 3Resverlogix Completes Patient Recruitment for ASSERT Trial 4Invida Selects LaVoie Group as Public Relations Agency of Record 2Invida Selects LaVoie Group as Public Relations Agency of Record 3
...
... new Class II safety cabinets Heraeus HERAsafe KS ... user-orientated design. ,The new frameless slanted window ... area. The new front window design makes it ... large work aperture with a height of more ...
... has recently launched a custom synthesis ... (siRNA). Thermos siRNA molecules are: ... 2 DNA bases overhang at the ... Delivered fully deprotected and ready-to-use. ...
Mouse monoclonal [AZ24] to Polo like kinase ( Abpromise for all tested applications)....
Biology Products: