Dallas Zoo Welcomes New Chick

crested cuoa chick
Photo credit Dallas Zoo
By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

DALLAS (KRLD) - A new chick is getting a lot of attention at the Dallas Zoo.  For the first time, a crested coua chick came into the world at the Zoo.

The birds are native only to Madagascar and they are members of the cuckoo family.

We hatched our very first crested coua chick! These birds are native only to Madagascar & are members of the cuckoo family. We promise, this has NOT been photoshopped! The chicks have "targets" inside their mouths, which are thought to help guide mom and dad with feeding. ---- pic.twitter.com/mVnnFQhGKt

— Dallas Zoo (@DallasZoo) May 21, 2019

Matt James is the senior director of animal care at the zoo. James says, "They have these targets almost painted on the inside of their mouths. This makes it very obvious for the parents to know where to feed it." 

Once it's grown it's greenish-grey with a white belly and long white-tipped purplish-blue tail feathers.

No word yet on when the public will be able to see the new babe.