Colour Banded Tui

Colour Banded Tui
C Banded Tui © Peter Reese

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Zoo Stream Thursday 27 Nov - a dead foot

Henk and I spent a couple of hours this morning at the little stream (at the moment just a few puddles) over the fence from the Zoo. We didn't catch a lot, only 12 birds. All were new, 3 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Silvereye, 4 Chaffinch and 3 Greenfinch.

One of the Greenfinch was interesting as it had a dead foot. It looked that it had broken its leg just above the foot with the foot only hanging on by a length of skin and with no blood supply and dying. Otherwise the bird appeared to be in good condition with a wing length of 88 mm and a weight of 27.7 g. We removed the foot as it must have been a hindrance.
Compare the dead foot with the pink one in the background.

The dead foot still attached
After removal

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