A zookeeper uses a puppet to feed a new-born Javan green magpie on April 17, 2018 during its official presentation at a zoo in Prague. (AFP / Michal CIZEK)
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Prague zoo said Tuesday that its small flock of critically endangered Javan green magpies was growing, thanks in part to a special new feeding technique using a puppet.The zoo currently has six Javan green magpies, including two chicks, one of which is being fed with the help of tweezers and a puppet resembling the adult of the striking species, known for its blue-green feathers and orange-red beak.A 2016 study by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC warned that 13 species of Indonesian birds, including the Javan green magpie and the country's symbolic Javan hawk-eagle, were at serious risk of extinction mainly due to the pet trade.
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