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Tawny frogmouth chick born at Denver Zoo

6:01 PM, Feb 13, 2014   |    comments
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DENVER - What is believed to be the first time ever, the Denver Zoo is welcoming their first tawny frogmouth chick.

The chick, named Kermit, was successfully reared at the zoo after being born on January 27. The chick's gender is still not known.

Guests can catch a glimpse of the new chick in its home at Bird World, as it grows and becomes visible as it is brooded by its parents.

The species is somewhat difficult to breed and over the years they struggled with problems such as finding compatible pairs or infertility, according to the zoo.

Two birds hatched at Denver Zoo in 1996 but died less than two days after hatching.

Kermit is the first chick for both father Nangkita and mother Adelaide.

Tawny frogmouths are known for their wide frog-like mouths, which they use to catch insects and other small animals. The zoo says they are sometimes mistaken for owls as they have very similar body types, but are actually more closely related to birds like whippoorwills and nightjars.

Tawny frogmouths inhabit forests and open woodlands in Australia and Tasmania. Scientists are not sure how many tawny frogmouths exist in the wild. Their greatest threats come from being hit by cars while feeding and exposure to pesticides.

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