Crested ibis chicks succeed in flying for the first time this year

연합뉴스 / 2021-06-09 16:01:59
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▲ This photo provided by Changnyeong county shows one of the endangered bird species, the crested ibis. resting on a tree branch. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap) 

▲ This photo provided by Changnyeong county shows a crested ibis chick right after it was hatched from the egg. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)



CHANGNYEONG, June 9 (Yonhap) -- Two of the three naturally hatched crested ibises, an endangered bird in Korea, succeeded in their first flight earlier this year, Changnyeong county announced on Wednesday.

The two crested ibis chicks, which were born at the end of April, succeeded in flapping their wings and flying in the sky at 5:30 a.m. this morning. It has been around 45 days since the two chicks have hatched.

The first flight period has been observed to be similar to that of a cage grown Crested ibis.  

The officials from Changnyeong county explained that the two chicks flew at the same time.

The flight took about one minute and the birds traveled about 200 meters from the nest to a nearby village.

In order to closely monitor the crested ibis chicks, the county recently installed location trackers and rings with numbers and letters.

This year, the third crested ibis chick died before it could spread its wings due to an attack made by an eagle owl.



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