Bird helpers not always doing good
LOCALS with good intentions are accidentally “kidnapping” baby birds from their parents.
The Wildlife Habitat Care Centre receives at least 300 animals from all stretches of the north to as far as Weipa.
Wildlife supervisor Bec Lynch said the most frequent in care at the centre are wild chicks. “Often what happens is the bird might’ve come down after their first or second flight and people think they’re orphaned, when they’re really just learning how to fly,” she said.
“The best thing people can do is actually to get that bird and put them up into a tree and give them a bit of space and the parents will come, so the bird is usually okay.
“We’re always happy to take in birds, it shows we have a caring community, but our biggest goal is to have the animal parent raised and to stay out in the wild.”
Nests are sometimes found on the ground after rain or wind, according to Ms Lynch, and she encourages residents who do find nests to replace them.
Fig bird chicks at the Wildlife Habitat Care Centre