Coucal in Whirlybird Ventilation System

Subject: Coucal in Whirlybird Ventilation System
From: "desley williams" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 00:55:32 +0000

Hi Fellow Birders:

Have any birders ever heard of a bird getting into a Whirlybird Ventilation System?   Whirlybirds are commonly seen in the tropics on the roofs of houses - they are wind driven as a spinning motion: the hot air is driven out of the ceiling and the cool air is flushed in through the whirly bird.        Last Friday I was at a worm farm discussing birds when the proprietor told me she, a bird carer, had received a call from a nearby resident who had a Pheasant Coucal caught in the Whirlybird on his roof.   As she did not have a ladder she could not assist immediately.   The resident later advised her that the bird, a pheasant coucal, which had been spinning around all day in the ventilator from 6am was finally rescued at 6pm by the Bush Fire Brigade; the poor bird was deceased, it apparently had a broken neck and one wing was almost torn off.    The home owner was distressed, aged 65, he had to watch the poor bird spinning all day.   Poor pheasant coucal.


Desley Williams 

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