The National Zoo’s Bird House has welcomed some new feathered friends.
Two burrowing owl chicks hatched May 24. When they were born, they were completely helpless, but now they are taking short flights. The chicks are still very tiny, though, and they won’t get much bigger. Even an adult burrowing owl, the smallest owl species in North America, gets to be only about 10 inches in length. That’s a bit bigger than the robins you probably see in your back yard.
The zoo also welcomed two kori bustard chicks that hatched June 9 and 10. Keepers are hand-raising the chicks on a diet of pellets, crickets, peas, greens and fruits. The chicks will not be on exhibit until late August, but you can check out their parents at the kori bustard exhibit just outside the Bird House.