Image & words by Dr. Amar Singh HSS
I was out cycling with my wife early this morning (we love cycling in the city & really good for nature watching) when she spotted a juvenile bird on the road in the heart of the city. It looked like a Pink-necked Green Pigeon juvenile.
We could not find the nest or adults (there were tall trees overhead). So we fished out a plastic bag and tried as best to carry the bird, with the bag tied to our handle bar, with the minimum swing possible. We were concerned that the journey may traumatise the chick, but leaving it behind would also be fatal as there were marauding cats nearby. 8 km later, with numerous stops to give it a rest, we were back home.
After consultation with Sein-Chiong Chiu we are feeding it mashed fruits – button tomatoes, banana & papaya. The chick is hard to feed as it will not take food and, after reading experiences on the net, have had to force feed it using a syringe (see second post). After the first feed it became quite perky and started “peeping” softly. After a number of feeds today the bird is more able to cooperate & much more friendly. Hope it can take food on its own soon.
We are now going to be really busy feeding this young one. Value any other ideas on food source, especially protein sources. Some pictures of the bird (no flash used) & my wife feeding some water after giving some banana via a syringe. I wanted some pictures of the wings for OBI but the bird was so traumatised when we tried to hold it out that I will not do this again.