Golden Whistler without tail in care

To: John Rawsthorne <>
Subject: Golden Whistler without tail in care
From: Denise Kay <>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 16:06:58 +1100
Thank you John..

you know I won’t sleep a wink tonight worrying about “whether" or "if “it has survived …but it jumped into the shrubbery confidently and hopped up the branches out of reach.

we are obliged to look after our little birds as best we can.


On 1 Apr 2014, at 1:40 pm, John Rawsthorne <> wrote:

Hi Denise
What a wonderful person you are, based on three pieces of evidence:
First, you are a wildlife carer.  . 
Second, you ask for advice when you don’t know the details of an injury.  . 
Third, you act on advice provided and re-evaluate your methods in light of new information. 
If only there were more people with these attributes in the world.
John Rawsthorne
From: Denise Kay [m("","denise.kay1");">] 
Sent: Tuesday, 1 April 2014 11:27 AM
To: Philip Veerman
Cc: Canberra Birds
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Golden Whistler without tail in care
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 …

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.

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From: Denise Kay [m("","denise.kay1");" style="color: purple; text-decoration: underline;">] 
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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