This week’s patient is Petrie.
Petrie is a white throated needletail from Kingscliff. Petrie was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital following a window hit. He presented to the Wildlife Hospital dazed with blood coming from his nares. Petrie was given some anti inflammatories and pain relief then placed in a dark, quiet cage in a room set at a cosy warm temperature.
Because wildlife are not used to being handled by humans they often need some time to calm down before they receive a thorough examination to reduce stress which in itself can be deadly. Fortunately Petrie brightened up reasonably fast, and he has good body condition and is otherwise a healthy bird besides a bit of a headache!
White throated needletails are really cool little birds who spend most of their lives in flight. They eat, drink, roost and breed in flight. They have wide mouths which they use to gobble up flying insects and tend to get their best feeds when its windy.
Many types of birds fall victim to flying into windows and it is likely you will witness this at some time. While some birds manage to fly off unharmed others may be found dazed or unconscious on the ground. If you find a bird in this condition, carefully pick it up with a towel and place in a box with air holes. Be sure to reduce noise around the bird and bring to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital for treatment.
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