Wildcare Queanbeyan Inc., Bird rescue

24/7 Wildcare Helpline

  

 6299 1966

Birds


Stormy weather

The recent storms have seen quite a few animals come in for rehab, especially young birds.

Hermin, a Magpie-lark, came into care looking quite under the weather. A member of the public found him on the ground suffering from exposure and gave us a call. Hermin is doing so well, he is now known as Big Hermin. He loves his food and the company of Little Hermin (on the right in image 2).

The Magpie-lark is colloqially known as Pee Wee because of its call. Pee Wees spend most of their time on the ground searching for insects & their larvae, as well as earthworms & freshwater invertebrates.

The Hermins should be ready for release once they have grown some more. It doesn't look like it will take too long!

The Hermins are now a trio, with Junior for company (on the left in the images below). As soon as Pip is big enough to perch they will be a quartet!

Updated: 6 December 2021

National Bird Week

  • 18 - 24 October 2021

You may want to participate in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count.

Birds counted in Aussie backyards:

  • 2020: 4.6 million
  • 2019: 3.4 million

For those of you interested in more information, including the history of National Bird Week, you may want to head over to Birdlife Australia.

Posted: 23 October 2021

Magpie-lark
(Grallina cyanoleuca)

Red-backed kingfisher
(Todiramphus pyrrhopygius)

Spring means baby birds!

Spring has arrived and that means baby birds!

You will hear plenty of advice saying:

leave it where it is, the parents will look after it.
Often this is not the right approach and can result in baby birds dying unnecessarily.

There are many things to consider when deciding whether to leave it where it is:

  • can the baby fly?
  • are the parents around and are they feeding it?
  • is it injured/unwell?
  • is the location safe?
  • are there predators around?

Even if the parents are feeding it, if the baby bird remains on the ground when the parents fly off to roost at night, it will likely be taken by a predator or get cold and become unwell.

Sometimes it is possible to place the baby bird on a branch, but often they end up back on the ground.

For these reasons we often bring a baby bird into care to keep it safe. Usually, within a few days, but sometimes weeks, we are able to reunite the baby bird with its parents.

If you come across a baby bird, before you make a decision to leave it where it is, please call our 24/7 Wildcare Helpline  6299 1966, anytime of day or night. One of our experienced bird rescuers will be available for advice and we are more than happy to visit to check on the baby bird.

Posted: 6 September 2021

Purple & Yellow

  • Released: early 2021
  • Nestlings rescued following a storm that toppled their tree.
  • Yellow joined a local flock in Jerrabomberra. He pops in to visit the aviary he was released from.
  • Purple is back in care after having a run in with a car. He will be re-released soon.

Bird rescue statistics 2020-21

Wildcare gets busier every year. In 2020-21, we received 1,615 calls to the Wildcare helpline about birds. This compares with 1,150 in 2019-20 and 1,100 in 2018-19. This is quite an increase since 2005-06 when 85 birds came into care.

In 2020-21 approximately 1,290 of the calls resulted in birds being rescued.

The top three most common species were:

  •  Australian Magpie (266)
  •  Galah (219)
  •  Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (173)

The top two reasons for birds coming into care were:

  •  Hit by a car (332)
  •  Juveniles & baby birds (217)

Unfortunately, 692 of the birds that came into care died or had to be euthanised. The majority of those euthanised had injuries that meant they could never be released or had diseases from which they would never recover (eg. Beak and Feather disease).

On a happier note:

  •  488 birds were released
  •  36 were reunited with their parents
  •  34 were transferred to another organisation to continue their care
  •  12 remain in care

We were able to reunite or rehome a number of escaped pet birds. This included a Rainbow Lorikeet, a Budgerigar, a Chicken, an Alexandrine Parrot, a Galah, a Muscovy Duck, a Zebra Finch and a couple of Pigeons.

Jerra

  • Found with a broken leg.
  • Often baby birds need the company of other birds if they are to survive. This is true for ducklings.
  • Jerra was released back to his parents after a month in care.

Birds rescued

In 2020-21, the 1,615 calls to the Wildcare helpline about birds comprised 80 species.

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  • Name#Name#
    Australasian Darter 1 Nankeen Kestrel 4
    Australasian Grebe 3 Noisy Friarbird 4
    Australasian Shoveler 1 Noisy Miner 12
    Australian King-parrot 12 Pacific Black Duck 18
    Australian Magpie 266 Peregrine Falcon 2
    Australian Owlet-nightjar 1 Pied Cormorant 1
    Australian Raven 17 Pied Currawong 32
    Australian White Ibis 4 Purple Swamphen 2
    Australian Wood Duck 114 Rainbow Lorikeet 12
    Black Swan 30 Red Wattlebird 35
    Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike 5 Red-rumped Parrot 16
    Brown falcon 1 Rock Dove 18
    Brown Goshawk 1 Rufous Whistler 1
    Brown Quail 2 Sacred Kingfisher 10
    Budgerigar 1 Satin Bowerbird 2
    Buff-banded Rail 1 Scarlet Robin 1
    Bush Stone-curlew 1 Silver Gull 1
    Collared Sparrowhawk 2 Silvereye 10
    Common Bronzewing 1 Southern Boobook 10
    Common Myna 14 Spotted Pardalote 1
    Common Starling 29 Spotted Quail-thrush 1
    Crested pigeon 59 Spotted Turtle-dove 3
    Crimson Rosella 118 Straw-necked Ibis 1
    Eastern Barn Owl 1 Striated Thornbill 1
    Eastern Koel 9 Stubble Quail 1
    Eastern Rosella 40 Sulphur-crested Cockatoo 173
    Eastern Spinebill 9 Superb Fairy-wren 6
    Eurasian Blackbird 15 Superb Parrot 1
    Eurasian Coot 3 Tawny Frogmouth 30
    Galah 219 Wedge-tailed Eagle 8
    Gang-Gang Cockatoo 4 Welcome Swallow 7
    Grey Fantail 1 Whistling Kite 1
    Grey Shrike-thrush 5 White-browed Scrubwren 1
    Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo 1 White-faced Heron 1
    House Sparrow 19 White-headed Pigeon 1
    Laughing Kookaburra 43 White-plumed Honeyeater 1
    Little Corella 15 White-winged Chough 5
    Magpie-lark 35 Willie Wagtail 3
    Masked lapwing 26 Yellow Thornbill 1
    Muscovy Duck 1 Yellow-faced honeyeater 4
        Zebra Finch 1

    Wildcare statistics, along with statistics from other wildlife organisations, are published in the NSW Wildlife Rehabilitation annual reports. The latest report is a compilation of rescue data from the 2019-20 year of fire, drought and flood: NSW Wildlife Rehabilitation, 2019–20 Annual Report.

    Posted: 7 September 2021

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    Stretch: Neck brace to prevent removal of pin in broken wing.