The Guam rail, a reclusive brown, gray and black bird, was hatched at the North Side bird park on March 24, 2006, and has been living in the Tropical Forest. It will be sent to San Diego for shipment to a protected area of Guam, aviary officials said Tuesday.
The Guam rail population was nearly annihilated by the accidental introduction of the brown tree snake after World War II. The snakes ate the ground-dwelling birds, which had nowhere to hide. The birds’ numbers have grown to a few hundred through species survival efforts.