Re: Window kill Adelaide Rosella

Subject: Re: Window kill Adelaide Rosella
From: Shane Raidal <>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 1997 09:23:53 +0900
>Seems to me that the most likely explanation is that the birds were flying 
>together, and both birds hit the window. Both were stunned, but one not 
>terminally.  Otherwise, the tameness seems unusual!  It is not uncommon for 
>birds that have hit windows to survive, at least in the short term, and be 
>apparently tame, but still able to fly off later.

I agree with Ian.  Stunned birds can be so confused, disoriented and
exhausted that they either cannot physically fly  away or their brain
cannot tell up from down.  On this note it is worth mentioning that many
birds which are presumed dead, dying or hopeless after being stunned by
flying into closed windows or motor vehicles can make a good recovery with
limited medical intervention providing major skeletal fractures have not
occurred.  The best thing to do is keep the bird warm in a dark, QUIET
place for 12-24 hours with water and some food.  Too often motorists
presume that the burst of feathers that splattered forth from their
windscreen is an indication of death. 

Dr Shane Raidal BVSc PhD MACVSc (Avian Health)
Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology
Department of Veterinary Biology and Biomedical Science
Murdoch University               phone:  +61  8  9360 2418
Perth,WA, 6150                           fax:  +61  8  9310 4144  

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