Zanzibar Bishops: nothing to be blue about!
Do you remember those blue eggs?
I found these here and there in the bird room.
Janine, the mother, transports the fractured eggshells to the opposite side of the room, as far from the nest as possible. Interesting, Bulbulicious does the same, as well as Niko Tinbergen’s gulls, but I do not understand why they do not consume the eggshells in order to hide the evidence and replenish calcium in one effort.
Regardless of my failure to understand the eggshell disposal strategy, Janine seems to be able and successful, raising a clutch of two.
Hatch date: ~20 August 2009; Fledge date: 5 September 2009
Of course, mealworms are requisite for chicks, and here Janine prepares to feed.
In addition to mealworms, I know that Janine also eats Zupreem AvianMaintenance™ Cockatiel pellets. She first enjoyed access to them when I left a dish of pellets out for the Bulbuls, and that is when the enthusiastic egg-laying began.