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Nov 30, 2009

Parent reating of Hooded Pitta

Parent reating of Hooded Pitta from ZSL - London Zoo

Parent rearing of Hooded Hitta (Pitta sordida mulleri), at ZSL London Zoo using species specific feeding techniques

In 2008 ZSL London Zoo successfully parent reared two hooded pitta chicks (P. sordida mulleri) in the Blackburn Pavilion tropical bird house.

A key factor in the success of the parent rearing was a change in the husbandry of this species by introducing target feeding and a species specific feeding system.

This provided an unlimited supply of earthworms enabling the parent birds to feed their chicks without loss of livefood to other species.

As a result the hooded pitta successfully incubated and reared the chicks to independence within the new mixed species exhibit.

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