Sein-Chiong Chiu called Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS to inform that he was caring caring for an injured Hooded Pitta (Pitta sordida cucullata).
Said Chiu, “Early this morning my neighbour passed me a dazed and stunned adult Hooded Pitta which he picked up in his garden. The bird probably flew into his window pane during migration. It was unable to fly and its head was hanging to one side when I placed it in the cage. When I came back from market 1.5 hours later it could fly around inside the cage. Will keep it overnight to allow it to rest and eat and will release it tomorrow morning. This is the third Hooded Pitta to be rescued over the years around Ipoh”.
Amar came over to Chiu’s place at lunch time with his wife to see the bird. It was alert and quite recovered. “Took some pictures though the bars (no flash used) just for documentation of plumage. Choose not to handle the bird as was distressed with approach,” added Amar.
The next day Chiu reported, “Happy to inform that after giving it a night’s rest, the release this morning was successful. The pitta flew to the golf course, will be suitable habitat for it as it will be able to find worms before continuing on it’s journey north.”
The rescue was in the Malaysian city of Ipoh in the state of Perak.
Image by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS.