“Some time ago there was a discussion on this website as to whether or not birds could survive long with wing deformities or injuries. The attached pictures show a Javan Mynah (Acridotheres javanicus) with an obviously deformed or injured wing that has survived for more than six months in the vicinity of my garden.
“When I first noticed this bird, it spent a lot of time walking. I attempted to capture it to examine the deformity. However, it was capable of flight, though somewhat laboured. Over the months, its flying abilities appear to have improved – to the point where it is capable of an almost vertical take-off.
“But the deformity or injury to the wing is still obvious to any observer.
“I postulate the following reasons for this bird’s survival.
1. It is in an environment where food is plentiful. Most of my neighbours and I keep pets, and do not object to birds scavenging left-over pet food.
2. It had a chance to recuperate (or learn to live with the deformity if it had been a congenital one) until it gained sufficient flight skills.
3. This bird has learned to be exceptionally wary. It will not allow as close an approach as other Javan Mynahs normally would.”
Lee Chiu San
5th February 2013