We’re thrilled that our Sclater’s crowned pigeons have successfully hatched an egg.
Keepers arrived at the zoo on 14 June to find the egg had hatched overnight. Both pigeons, Neil and Maria, are first-time parents and have taken to the role wonderfully. They have been taking it in turns to brood (keeping it warm and comfortable) and feed the chick. The chick is growing each day and now sits next to mum or dad, rather than underneath them, in their nest.
Sclater’s crowned pigeons build a dense nest using items such as sticks, stems, palm fronds and dead leaves. They lay one egg, which is incubated for 28-30 days. The chicks fledge between 28 and 36 days old.
The birth is a wonderful addition to Marwell, as this species is near threatened in the wild.
Our Sclater’s crowned pigeons live in our Energy for Life: Tropical House, which is currently closed to guests due to government guidelines. Please keep an eye on our website and social media for updates.