Jersey

Durrell in Jersey flies in Hamerkop bird for breeding

Hamerkop bird
Image caption The Hamerkop is best known for its compulsive nest-building habits

A rare water bird has been brought to Jersey as part of a new breeding programme at Durrell.

The Hamerkop, which is native to Africa and Madagascar, is best known for its compulsive nest-building habits.

The female bird, which was flown from Edinburgh to Jersey, will now join her mate in Durrell's walk-through Kirindy Forest aviary.

She is in the island for a new breeding programme at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Dr Amy Hall, an animal registrar at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, met the bird at the airport.

She said: "The direct flight from Edinburgh to Jersey allowed us to minimise the stress to the bird relating to its transfer."

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