National Geographic

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“Two newly hatched shoebill chicks. A shoebill typically lays two eggs that both hatch. One egg will hatch a few days before the other and the first chick is therefore larger than the second chick. Within a week, the second chick will be outcompeted for food by the first chick and it will die. The parents will then rear the one remaining chick until it fledges, which can take up to 95 days. After the chick fledges, it will stay for another few weeks with its parents to learn how to forage.”

Ralf Mullers