Long billed Corella

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Subject: Long billed Corella
From: "Michelle Plant" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2008 09:38:30 +1000

What a quandry...

I think the best thing to consider is that it is a wild bird and there are 
natural processes that need to unfold for him/her..  birds move between patches 
to feed and at the moment your yard is one... when the food has run out - the 
bird will move on to another....

Old age, disease these are par for the course, you need to think carefully 
before intervening.  If he/she is sick then I would suggest taking him to the 
vet.. beware of the risks of engaging with it, however!  Biting / disease risks 
eg Psittacosis... there are zoonotic diseases that can pass from him to you - 
wise to be mindful of this if it is looking unwell.  (I can give you some tips 
if this is the course that you would like to follow).

Personally I wouldn't confine it to an avary - it wouldn't really offer much 
dignity to the end of a 'free' life (this is opinion only)... it could bring on 
a quicker demise as the bird could become stressed from being held captive.  If 
there are other birds in the aviary and the Corella is unwell then you expose 
the other birds to any disease that this one may have.  Maybe if he is at the 
end of his life - letting him quietly roam around the backyard is a positive 

Relative to providing some extra food, you could place some greens out/some 
cockateil mix, certain brands have extra vitamins, make sure some clean water 
is available.  If the bird is really sick/dying - it will most likely stop 
feeding at some point.

I think a little trust in the course of nature is good thing... and a little 
supportive care without intervening too much...

If you determine that it is a young bird - that is sick - then this might guide 
you in a different direction.

Hope this offers some help... happy to continue discussion...

Kind regards

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