Raising Red-rumps

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Raising Red-rumps

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In early September, Richard – Boobook’s Senior Ecologist – was called out to a house in Roma to rescue some baby parrots.  A tree had been knocked down and inside one of the hollows were 3 newly hatched Red-rumped Parrots (Psephotus haematonotus).  Survival rates for nestlings is not great for numerous reasons, so if you find a young bird it is best to get the bird back to the nest so that the parents can take care of it.  However, with these little guys, their home had been destroyed so their only hope of survival was to go home with Richard to be hand raised.

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As nestlings with their eyes still closed, these little guys had to be hand feed through a tube around the clock.  Richard got skilled very quickly at filling their tiny crops, especially after they learnt how to feed from it.  And everyone in the office knew when it was feed time – they were some noisy little birds!

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But as happens sometimes, one of the young ones did not make it.  However, six weeks after their rescue, you can see how big and healthy these parrots are now.  The photo below is of the female who apparently is a bit of a bully where food is concerned, more then happy to push her brother out of the way in an effort to eat first.  The male of the pair isn’t a complete push over though, he does his own fair share of shoving.  Actually, it’s how they got their names – Pushy and Shovy!

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Richard has now started introducing more seed into their diet (Red-rumps have a diet made up of seeds and grasses) and will shortly ween them off the grainvore mix they are enjoying at the moment. The next stage in their care is to be moved to a large aviary where they can really start to use their wings. 

MWCG will keep give you an update of when they are released back into the wild.

Congrats to Richard, a noisy job well done!

 

 

In early September, Richard – Boobook’s Senior Ecologist – was called out to a house in Roma to rescue some baby parrots.  A tree had been knocked down and inside one of the hollows were 3 newly hatched Red-rumped Parrots (Psephotus haematonotus).  Survival rates for nestlings is not great for numerous reasons, so if you find a young bird it is best to get the bird back to the nest so that the parents can take care of it.  However, with these little guys, their home had been destroyed so their only hope of survival was to go home with Richard to be hand raised.