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Three Sacred Kingfisher Siblings   - 25th January 2013

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Three Sacred Kingfisher Siblings

Age: Juvenile  Sex:  Unknown Weight:  41 to 47 grams

Found: In Morayfield, with their nest destroyed as a result of land clearing.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a member of the public.

Veterinary Assessment:Dr Robyn examined the juvenile kingfishers, and found they were covered in a very sticky mud! They were, however, bright and alert, luckily with no injuries.

Treatment: The kingfishers were bathed a couple of times in order to remove as much mud as possible and were kept in care for 24 hours.

Future: These birds were released to a wildlife rehabilitator who has an aviary large enought for them to complete their flight training before being released.

AZWH Fact: Sacred Kingfishers often build their nests in termite mounds. They burrow into the mound and excavate a chamber in which to lay their eggs.



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