Every year in New Zealand thousands of birds suffer
accidents and sickness and are made motherless.
Injuries may be caused by numerous factors including predators, collisions with vehicles or windows or they may have been shot.
Sickness may be due to infection, disease, tumors, parasites, poison, or starvation.
Rosemary Tully and blue penguin
A motherless bird may have been abandoned; it may have fallen from a nest; its mother may have been killed or it may have been uplifted by children.
If you find a bird, place it in a cardboard box or enclosed cage and cover the cage. Keep it in a quiet place and take to a rescue centre or, if it is a native bird and there is no rescue centre nearby, contact the nearest Department of Conservation office.
Many birds when sick appear to be tame: this is only because they are very ill and most are underweight. Do not let children play with them as this causes more stress to the bird. Make sure the bird is away from cats and dogs.
Information for this page was provided and written by Rosemary Tully; firstname.lastname@example.org
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