“Although I have given a title of ‘rescue’ to this post I think of it more as our urban dwelling increasingly being traps for creatures, including birds.
“I was working on my PC in the living room when I began to hear an intermittent call of a Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier analis), not too loud. It was associated with some pecking on glass. I assumed it was a bulbul ‘addressing its reflection’ in one of our tinted glass windows.
“I looked around twice but could not see the bird. I finally recognised it was coming from our two panelled front door, the inner panel is made of glass and outer serves as a grill. I looked in and finally spotted a juvenile Yellow-vented Bulbul (below).
“It was not really trapped but I suspect the small size, depth of the lower bar and its reflection in the glass were hindrances to getting out. We carefully opened the outer panel but the bird still could not leave (below).
“I enlisted my wife’s help to pick it (to allow for some quick photo documentation). It had just recently fledged and still quite young (below).
“By this time we could hear the parents’ distress and we quickly placed it on a higher location (our creeping ficus covered wall). It was able to flutter to an adjacent tree allowing the parents to rescue their treasure.
“Note the wonderful development of the yellow vent in this juvenile (above). We have seen noted this juvenile in the garden and it continues to thrive and grow. In the brood of this pair it was a single offspring.”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
23rd May 2016
Location: Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban environment
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