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This young kestrel is the second patient to arrive at WAF from our recent ‘trade’ with South Essex Wildlife Hospital. It had been well cared for and, other than being young, it was completely uninjured!
It was moved straight into one of our pens, where it is now flying very well. As soon as it is old enough it will be released back to the wild!

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April 22, 2017 - Yellow Tit (Machlolophus holsti or Parus holsti)

These tits are found only in the mountains of central Taiwan. Though their diet is not well known, it seems to include small invertebrates and their larvae. They build their nests from dried leaves, bamboo, lichen, moss, and feathers. Classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN, their population is thought to be decreasing, due mostly to capture for the wild bird trade.

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Hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)

The Hyacinth Macaw is a parrot native to central and eastern South America. With a length (from the top of its head to the tip of its long pointed tail) of about 100 cm (3.3 ft) it is longer than any other species of parrot. It is the largest macaw and the largest flying parrot species. Habitat loss and trapping wild birds for the pet trade has taken a heavy toll on their population in the wild, and as a result the species is classified as Endangered on the IUCN red list. The majority of the hyacinth macaw diet is nuts from native palms, such as acuri and bocaiuva palms. Limited tool use has been observed in both wild and captive hyacinth macaws.  They are also very even-tempered and can be calmer than other macaws, being known as “gentle giants”.

photo credits: Hank Gilette, wiki, wiki, wiki