Don't Try This at Home

July 2, 2022
See the hole in the back of the bird's tongue? It is called a glottis. It is the opening of their airway (trachea). All birds have a glottis, you just can't see it very easily in most birds. The glottis is the opening of the pathway directly to their lungs. This is why you s...
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A few days ago I went to pick up yet another kereru (NZ native wood pigeon) that had been found motionless on the ground near a house in Matarangi. (We don't usually collect birds but let the public drop them off).  After carefully scooping the injured bird up with...
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Washing a Ruru

June 9, 2022
People often like to hear success stories about the birds we take in, but in fact only 50% of the wildlife we take in is released again. It's not because we are incapable, but the reality is that most patients which arrive here are already on their way to bird heaven, o...
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Flying Penguin

February 10, 2021
This very, very, very little blue penguin is juvenile and quite feisty! It was found washed up just south of Whangamata, severely underweight, with a torn eyelid on the right side. Corovets gave us a call and after some travel arrangements it arrived at KBRT....
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Mercury Bay optometrist, Brett Howes, had a pretty unique appointment on Thursday last week when he was called in to examine a Little Blue Penguin found on Matarangi Beach disoriented and seemingly blind. The tiny bird was found on the Tuesday after Labour Weekend by a coup...
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Annemieke Kregting has been described as a fantastic resource and supporter of birds in the Coromandel, saving and rehabilitating over 2000 birds at Kuaotunu Bird Rescue Trust. When she first arrived in New Zealand from Holland in 1981, qualified vet nurse Annemieke Kregting...
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This Southern Giant Petrel was brought into us by Department of Conservation. The bird was extremely tired and anaemic and we doubted we would be able to keep it alive. Thanks to Vet Kirsty for being a super duper blood collector. And thanks to Lisa from the Wildlife Hospita...
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These magnificent big birds are not everyone's favorites as they can kill chickens. But they are a common bird suffering at the hands of humans and the effects we have had on their environment traffic-wise and as prey being shot with lead. The treatment of these bi...
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Courtesy of the Otama Reserves Group, March 26, 2020 A rescued Matuku – Hurepo (Australasian Bittern) was released into the Otama Wetland Reserve on the 26 of March by DOC Ranger Troy McDonald and Paul Kington from the Otama Reserves Group. ...
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In early December a baby kereru (native NZ wood pigeon) that had fallen from its nest was delivered to Kuaotunu Bird Rescue.  This is not the first time we have had Kereru babies, but we've never had one as small as this. We nicknamed him Kenny.I made a call to Project ...
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