Pink-necked Green-pigeon chick properly rescued

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Pink-necked Green-pigeon chick...
Pink-necked Green-pigeon chick…

Linee Yeo came across a Pink-necked Green-pigeon (Treron vernans) chick that fell from the nest and landed on the ground below. She also noticed the male adult perching on a palm frond nearby, keeping watch on the chick.

Close up of Pink-necked Green-pigeon chick.
Close up of Pink-necked Green-pigeon chick.

The chick was carefully placed back into the nest. The adults took over from then on…

The male adult was keeping an eye on the fallen chick nearby.
The male adult was keeping an eye on the fallen chick nearby.

This was the right thing to do under such a situation.

The chick was successfully returned to the nest...
The chick was successfully returned to the nest…

Should it not be possible to replace the fallen chick back into its nest, place it in a cardboard box and place the box away from stray cats and “stray” humans. The adults will always be around, though hidden from view. They will care for the fallen chick…

The chick may have accidentally fallen from the nest, well before it is able to fly. Or it may have ended on the ground during its maiden flight out of the nest. Whatever may be the case, do not bring it home to look after LINK.

You may have successfully care for the chick until it can fly off, but are you there to teach it how to look for food? To teach it to recognise predators and to avoid them, etc.? It needs the adult birds to teach the chick all these. Otherwise the chick may end up as food for a predator.

Linee Yeo
Singapore
1st January 2018

Update:
“I went back to check on the green-pigeons a few days later and was told that the mom flew off with the other chick. The rescued chick fell from the nest into the drain and died.” – Linee Yeo.

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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