Coo Over the Aquarium’s Just-Hatched Avocet Chicks

The birds with the amazingly long and upturned beaks are on view at the Long Beach destination.

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Five avocet chicks burst out of their shells at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach between June 23 and 25, 2019.
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Five avocet chicks burst out of their shells at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach between June 23 and 25, 2019.
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One of the sweet young'uns keeps close to a speckled egg.
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"The parents have lived at the Aquarium since August 2017," reveals the aquarium. "Both parents will take turns tending to the chicks."
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Robin Riggs
Where to see these feathery tots and their parents? In the aquarium's Guam Kingfisher aviary. Find it near Shark Lagoon.
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"The chicks will fledge, or replace their downy juvenile feathers with adult feathers, at about twenty-seven to twenty-eight days old," is the word from the Aquarium of the Pacific. So if you'd like to see them in all of their downy splendor, be sure to visit before the last third of July 2019 begins.
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The birds favor ponds, beaches, mud flats, and shallow lakes in the wild. Their home territories? The western U.S., Baja, Mexico, and southern Canada. Fascinating fact: "Avocets are precocial birds, meaning that chicks are able to walk around and forage immediately after hatching."
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As for eating? "Avocets search for food by wading in shallow water and filtering food by sweeping their long, upward-curved bills from side to side." To admire these sweet chicks, and learn more about this aqua-loving superstar, call upon the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.
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