What’s a ‘hamerkop’? Well, there are 2 of them now at Honolulu’s zoo

What’s a ‘hamerkop’? Well, there are 2 of them now at Honolulu’s zoo
Two hamerkops, a bird species native to Africa and Madagascar, are the newest members of the zoo.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Zoo is welcoming its newest inhabitants.

Two hamerkops, a bird species native to Africa and Madagascar, were recently moved to the attraction.

A male hamerkop came from the Dallas Zoo, and a female hamerkop came from the San Diego Zoo. Both birds are almost 2 years old and can live up to 20 years.

Hamerkops are named after their hammer-shaped head and are the world’s smallest stork, growing to about 2 feet tall.

These birds are not globally-threatened and live in woodlands and wetlands feeding on frogs, small fish and crustaceans.

They are typically active during the day and are usually found in pairs.

Hamerkops are most known for their large multi-chambered nests, which can weigh up to 100 pounds. Its structure can carry the weight of an adult person.

“Although hamerkops are not threatened with extinction, having these birds in our zoo provides visitors the opportunity to see these animals up close without having to rely on a video, which just isn’t the same,” said Honolulu Zoo Director Linda Santos, in a news release.

“These birds are very impressive to see in person, and I urge our local residents and visitors to come take a look for themselves.”

The Honolulu Zoo has successfully bred and hatched 14 hamerkops since 1996. The zoo has not exhibited a hamerkop since 2014, when a hamerkop named MC died.

The zoo plans to breed the two hamerkops as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan.

The two birds are on display in the walk-through aviary in the Honolulu Zoo’s African Savanah.

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