🦩Greater Flamingo chicks have hatched at Martin Mere Wetland Centre. The new arrivals started to hatch from the 13th May at the centre in Burscough, and they are now off their nests and walking around.
The chicks do not have the iconic pink-coloured feathers as the adults do. Instead, they have grey down to provide them with lots of insulation to keep them warm and will not get their pink feathers until they are around two to four years old.
Greater flamingo chicks stay in their nests for around five to 12 days. Once they are able to walk and swim, they will join a group of young flamingos called a crèche, where they are looked after by an adult but return to their parents to be fed.
Victoria Fellowes, Deputy Centre Manager, said: “We can’t wait to watch them grow over the summer period and hope our visitors are as excited as we are. You can get a closer look at them at our centre each day from 9:30am and 6pm.”
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