Saving an injured bird

18  September  2015

On 26 August morning, a hoopoe was found hopping on the ground at the airport taxi rank smoking area and appeared to be injured. An Airport Authority staff spotted the bird, picked it up and placed it inside a box with air holes for it to recover. As it was unable to fly, we contacted the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and sent it to the Wild Animal Rescue Centre at Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden (KFBG) where it received expert care.

The beautiful but scarce hoopoe is named after its unique call and is one of the occasional migrants in Hong Kong. It is a bit smaller than a dove, with a pinkish-brown body, striking black and white wings, and a long pinkish-brown crest. It is widespread in Asia, Africa and Europe. Click here to know more about this bird.