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Release planned for native bird species extinct in wild

Dept. of Land and Natural Resources (Image: DLNR File) Dept. of Land and Natural Resources (Image: DLNR File)

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A dozen birds native to Hawaii will be released in November to end over a decade of extinction in the wild for the species.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2bOs2LC) the corvid is part of the crow family and will be reintroduced at a natural area reserve aviary.

State and federal wildlife officials along with the San Diego Zoo have planned more releases over a five-year period.

First-year costs will be $800,000 and decrease by about half after that.

The 12 birds are going to an aviary to ease the transition from captivity.

Predators and disease killed 21 of 27 corvids that were raised in captivity and then released in the 1990s.

San Diego Zoo experts are giving chicks in this latest group lessons in hiding from predators.

Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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