This week’s patient of the week is Alfie the Striated Pardalote from Coombabah. Alfie was found unable to fly and was brought to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital where he could receive treatment and care.
Veterinarians found that Alfie had damaged air sacs and bruising, these injuries are consistent with a vehicle or window hit. Alfie received pain relief and will be expected to stay in the Hospital for 48 hours before being released to an experienced wildlife carer to continue medication and cage rest. Alfie’s ongoing rehabilitation includes cage rest and pain relief for a further 5 days before being flight tested in an aviary before he can be released back into the wild.
Fun fact: Alfie is fully grown, but weighs just 9 grams!
You can help patients like Alfie by donating to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation here.
The Striated Pardalote is a more common bird than people believe. Due to its small size it is often hard to spot, but its noisy call is a clear indication of its presence. Striated pardalotes are brightly coloured little birds, and their plumage ranges greatly between this species. The striated pardalote can be found throughout most of Australia excluding the driest areas. They are found in almost any habitat with trees or bushes although they favour eucalyptus forests and woods.