This week’s patient is Henry the Australian Magpie from Benowa. Henry was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital after he was spotted limping by Summer, a local whose garden Henry visits regularly.
Henry was examined and required an X-ray which revealed that he had a fractured tibiotarsal (leg). Veterinarians placed a metal pin in the bone to stabilise the fracture whilst it heals. Henry is currently on pain relief and antibiotics to prevent infection.
Henry will be in hospital for several weeks, and until the metal pin is ready to be removed. Once the pin is removed, Henry will need to build up his strength again in preparation for release back into the wild. He will be moved to our outdoor rehabilitation area where he will be able to get lots of practice to build up his strength.
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The Australian Magpie is a common local bird, infamously known for swooping members of the public during breeding season.
The Australian magpie is black and white but their plumage can differ slightly. They are very common and can live in groups of up to 24 birds year round, where all group members defend their territory which they depend on for feeding, resting and breeding. Magpies inhabit any area where there is a combination of trees and open areas, they are not found in dense forests or deserts.
Australian Magpies walk along the ground picking up insects and larvae for food. They are known to eat food given out by humans and will every so often wonder into open houses in search of food.