Rare Steller’s sea eagle chick hatched at Denver Zoo

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DENVER — The Denver Zoo announced the first Steller’s sea eagle chick was hatched at its facility March 4. The chick, whose gender is unknown and has not been named, is with its mother in Bird World, high in a nest and can be seen by visitors.

The Denver Zoo says not many zoos show or breed the birds because of space. They also require colder climates because they are native to the western coastal area of northern Russia.

The chick’s mother, Ursula, and father, Vlad, came to the Denver Zoo in February 2006 and November 2008.

The Denver Zoo says Steller’s sea eagles “are the largest known eagles with average weights recorded between 15 and 18 pounds.” The birds take their name from Georg Wilhelm Steller, a German naturalist who discovered the species in 1741.