Lesser kestrel chicks at the Breeding Center
Great news, Birds of Prey supporters!
No less than 21 Lesser kestrel chicks have recently hatched at our National Center for Raptor Egg Incubation and 11 more eggs are still in incubation and expected to hatch. Once mature, these chicks will be released into the wild at Ramat Hanadiv in the north of Israel.
In addition, 10 vulture eggs are being incubated and we hope also that they will hatch successfully in the near future. These birds are distributed between various institutions in Israel to be raised prior to being released in the Carmel region when they are around 2 years old.
Lesser kestrels are beautiful small birds of prey. Once a fixture in Jerusalem’s urban neighborhoods, they are now disappearing from the Israeli landscape. Hatched chicks are reared at the Zoo with a special method that prevents imprinting so that the birds can be released into the wild. As the chicks mature, they are able to practice flying in a special behind-the-scenes enclosure at the Zoo.
We hope to bring you more exciting news in our next update.
Nicole and the Avian Team at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
The Zoo's Incubation Center
An adult Lesser kestrel