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It’s a Boy! Or a Girl! Eurasian Eagle Owl Chick Hatches at National Aviary

Jan 29, 2019 10:47PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine

On Jan. 12, a Eurasian Eagle Owl chick hatched at the National Aviary. The chick will be hand-raised at the aviary, and will eventually go on to participate in education programs at another accredited zoo.

Eurasian Eagle Owls are one of the world’s largest owl species with a wingspan of about 6-1/2 feet. The owlet weighs about 80 grams (comparable to a small peach), but it will grow rapidly, reaching full size at only about eight weeks of age. The gender of the chick is unknown, and a DNA test is needed to determine the sex. Visitors can see the chick as it grows and develops in the National Aviary’s Avian Care Center window.

The chick is being hand-raised to prepare the owlet for its future role as an ambassador for its species. This is the seventh time Eurasian Eagle Owls have hatched at the National Aviary in recent years, an accomplishment that demonstrates the National Aviary’s leading expertise in the breeding, hand-raising, training, and care of birds as education ambassadors.

For a short time, the National Aviary will offer the extraordinary opportunity for a limited number of people to participate in an owl chick encounter as part of the chick’s growth and development. Participants will have the opportunity to touch the chick’s downy feathers, take photos, and interact with the chick under the supervision of National Aviary animal care experts. Encounters will be available for only a few weeks. The fee for participation is $75, and guests can book a Baby Owl Encounter by calling 412-258-9445.

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