The relatively crowded cage of the white-eyed gulls has been joined to the adjacent spoonbills' cage.

The connection between the cages was done gradually: at first only a low opening was formed, through which only the gulls could move between the cages. After two weeks of observations, in which the dynamics of all the cages' inhabitants were examined and no negative interactions were detected, the upper part of the cage was also joined, and the spoonbills can now also move between the two cages. Today, all are dwelling peacefully together in the extended cage: the single slender-billed gull that lived in the spoonbills' cage has joined the white-eyed gull flock and behaves as part of it, and the stone curlew and the red-billed duck, which also lived in the spoonbills' cage, spend most of their day in the company of the gulls. The white-eyed gulls, in spite of the huge space now available to them, nonetheless prefer to spend most of their time close to each other, in a dense flock As can be seen in the photos, the white-eyed gull chicks that were hand fed have also integrated successfully into the flock. As you might remember, at the beginning of August abandoned eggs were found in the white-eyed gulls' cage, and were collected and incubated in an incubator. Altogether, five chicks were fed by hand and returned to the flock at different stages. The first two chicks were returned to the flock when they already had down feathers; in other words, they were relatively mature. They integrated easily into the flock, but continued to emit young gulls' calls and did not fully develop the variety of adult calls. The third chick was returned to the gulls' cage when it was only a month old. It was introduced into the adults' cage sheltered in a small cage in which it spent the day. At night it was taken into a warm room inside the building. Thus, this chick was exposed to adult gulls when it was quite young and, indeed, when it grew up it emitted adult gull calls. Consequently, the two other chicks that were hatched in the incubator were introduced into the adults' cage when they were only a few days old and thus were exposed to adult gulls throughout their growth period. And indeed, these chicks too learnt the adult calls and emitted them from an early age.

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