Sacred Kingfishers wont eat

To: "Ian Clark" <>, <>, "belles" <>
Subject: Sacred Kingfishers wont eat
From: "Mike" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2003 15:51:52 +1000
Marion & Birding Ausers

Most of the last six  years I have looked after exhausted Sacred
Kingfishers that have just made it across the Coral Sea to the Port
Moresby area.  I have had to force feed them all except the one we held
the longest and that was when I learnt that they cannot resist live
American Top Minnows (Mosquito Fish, Gambusia affinis).  After a day or
two of force feeding they will feed themselves from a petri dish or take
them from your hand.

They do suffer from shock and degeneration of their flight muscles and
that takes a lot of rebuilding.

Happy rehabing


Prof Mike Tarburton

Dean: School of Science and Technology
Pacific Adventist University
PMB, Boroko
Papua New Guinea

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