WATCH: Brevard Zoo Welcomes Newest Member Tawny Frogmouth Chick ‘Little Frank’

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weighs in around 16 grams

ABOVE VIDEO: Meet Little Frank! The tawny frogmouth chick hatched on April 21 at the Brevard Zoo.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Officials at the Brevard Zoo have welcomed in a new tawny frogmouth chick.

Born on April 21, this tawny frogmouth chick named ‘Little Frank’ weighs in around 16 grams at the time of hatching.

The chick’s parents, 20-year-old Nathan and eight-year-old Hotdog, have had five offspring at the Zoo.

Unfortunately, this pair has not had much success in raising chicks on their own, so Brevard Zoo’s animal care staff made the decision to place the egg in an incubator and raise the little one themselves.

Little Frank is fed meat and cat food every two hours during a 16-hour period each day.

The sex of the chick is not yet known.

Tawny frogmouths are often confused for owls, but they are actually more closely related to nightjars.

These carnivorous, nocturnal birds are known for their bright yellow eyes, wide beak, long wings and short legs.

Native to Australia, the tawny frogmouth faces threats such as habitat loss, pesticide use and nonnative predators like cats and foxes.

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