Feigning a broken wing
"Gordon and Pam Cain" <>
Sun, 1 Apr 2007 21:18:26 +1000
Back in January my son and I were pruning a hedge. We unwittingly got to
close to the nest of a spotted turtle dove with one young in the nest.
Mum flew off and, a safe distance down our yard, landed and feigned a broken
wing. We had only ever read of this in a Kipling Story with the Indian
How common is this behaviour? And amongst Australian birds?
(The sad ending to this story is that a few days later we found the baby
bird dead on the ground, although we had stayed right away from it after
rousing the mother from her nest - we never touched it or anything - but
then, I have read that pigeon young in the nest are especially vulnerable
and always to stay a LONG way from them. A sad way to learn!)
Interested in your stories and experiences, and the communal store of
knowledge on this one.
Blacktown, NW Sydney
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