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Chester Zoo robin chicks being hand-reared by bird keepers

Pekin robins are a small songbird native to Himalayas and China

Specialist bird keepers at Chester Zoo are flying high after successfully hand-rearing a group of chirpy pekin robin chicks.

These three songful siblings are finding their voices after some intensive care from the zoo’s experts.

Curator of birds Andrew Owen said: “It’s incredibly important for our staff to develop their hand-rearing skills at the zoo as these can then readily be applied to highly threatened species in the wild, such as in places like Mauritius where we’ve hit the right note by successfully helping the likes of the Mauritius olive white-eye, Mauritius fody and Mauritius cuckoo shrike.”

Pekin robins are a small songbird, native to the Himalayas and China.


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