A Hooded Pitta (Pitta sordida) was found totally exhausted by Alaric Ng in early April. He placed it safely in a cardboard box and it subsequently recovered.
This is an uncommon winter visitor and passage migrant that arrives in Singapore as early as November to peak in December. It can be seen up to early May. This specimen may well be a passage migrant on the way back from Sumatra or Java to rest in Singapore before flying north.
“On day 1, the bird was still lifeless. Tried to feed it with mealworms and crickets. But I’m not sure it ate any. No water intake too I guess. Standing still and not even moving a muscle,” wrote Alaric.
“On day 2, it was much better, head turned around but still standing still and not moving. I tried to let it drink some water by wetting its beak. Wings started to flap a little. No intake of food I guess. On day 3 the bird was much more active. Jumping around and flapping wings. So it should be ready to be released.”
The Hooded Pitta subsequently flew off… to eventually find its way home in the north.
10th April 2019
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