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Bird Rescue

Rosemary Tully and Kiwi

Every year in New Zealand thousands of birds suffer accidents and sickness and are made motherless.
To cope with these birds volunteers and institutions run rescue centres for birds. To handle native and endemic birds the Department of Conservation requires the volunteer to hold a permit.  Birds then handed into the Department are taken to rescue centres or institutions to be rehabilitated.

Injuries may be caused by numerous factors including predators, collisions with vehicles or windows or they may have been shot.

Sickness may be due to infection, disease, tumors, parasites, poison, or starvation.

Rosemary Tully and blue penguin
Rosemary Tully and blue penguin

A motherless bird may have been abandoned; it may have fallen from a nest; its mother may have been killed or it may have been uplifted by children.

If you find a bird, place it in a cardboard box or enclosed cage and cover the cage. Keep it in a quiet place and take to a rescue centre or, if it is a native bird and there is no rescue centre nearby, contact the nearest Department of Conservation office.

Many birds when sick appear to be tame: this is only because they are very ill and most are underweight.  Do not let children play with them as this causes more stress to the bird. Make sure the bird is away from cats and dogs.


Information for this page was provided and written by Rosemary Tully;   [email protected]
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