Golden Whistler without tail in care

To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: Golden Whistler without tail in care
From: Denise Kay <>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:57:27 +1100
Yes the tail feathers should grow back with in 4-6 weeks, Philip . 

I am popping into BG this afternoon to release the little critter. 

You are right carers can have the tendency to interfere and complicate what is probably a common event in the lot of birds , although with no malicious intent…….

I have appreciated everyone’s input and I have re-evaluated my rescue and release theories regarding lost tail feathers …



On 1 Apr 2014, at 11:28 am, Philip Veerman <> wrote:

I wonder about whether that is the issue. Maintaining birds, especially those that don't eat something easy to supply like seeds, can be difficult. However, if it is otherwise OK I can't think of a good reason to keep it until its tail feathers grow back. Yes lack of tail feathers can be a small disadvantage but wild birds can function like that. I wonder are its chances really better to be retained for so long, than being released. I suspect animal carers sometimes wish to try too hard.
To be honest I don't know if a bird, having lost feathers at an inappropriate time will grow new ones quickly (how would that be controlled?) or do they need to wait until the normal time of year that it would typically be moulting. If the latter, my guess is that would be more than 6 months. Does someone else know that? Bird moulting is not a random process, normally time regulated and with a specific sequence at which feathers are replaced.
-----Original Message-----
From: Denise Kay
Sent: Tuesday, 1 April 2014 10:27 AM
To: Geoffrey Dabb
Cc: Canberra Birds
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] ID assistance please

Thank you everyone.

Now the delicate job of lookingafter it until it’s tail feathers grow back. 


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