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Oct 6, 2016

'Critically Endangered' magpies hatch in U.K. zoo

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(Sissa Thalassina)
Media outlets around the world are announcing this week the hatching of four Javan Green Magpie chicks at Chester Zoo in the U.K.   The Telegraph reported on-line that it is the first time the world's rarest magpie has been bred in a U.K. zoo, providing a major boost to conservation efforts to save the species from extinction.   The Javan Green Magpie is listed as 'Critically Endangered' by the IUCN but bird experts are warning that the situation may be worsened in recent months amid fears that the magpies may now be close to extinction in the wild, with no recent sightings reported.   It is said there are only 100 of the birds left in the wild, with another two dozen in zoo/sanctuaries in Java and Europe.

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