BatWorld ReWild are a wildlife rehabilitation centre based in Phalaborwa. They hand rear orphaned wildlife and prepare them for release, treat injured, sick and poisoned wildlife and release them as healthy animals back into the wild. They were very pleased when baby birds they had rescued came to visit and were breeding, and were obviously adapting perfectly to living in the wild.
“In 2016 we received in a baby Starling that had been evicted from its nest by a brood parasite, most likely a Honeyguide. Honeyguides lay their eggs in other bird’s nests and leave them to be raised by those birds. Our baby starling who we called Barry had been attacked by his Honeyguide ‘sibling’ and had likely jumped out the nest to escape the attack. He had multiple small injuries to his head and beak,” says BatWorld ReWild.
“Not long after that we received in another two baby Starlings. The parents of these babies had decided to use a nesting box in which to raise their babies, the nesting box they chose was also used annually by a pair of Woodlands kingfishers. When the Kingfishers migrated back to South Africa to breed they found their nest box occupied by Starlings. The Kingfishers chased off the Starling parents but seemed at a loss as to what to do about the baby Starlings in their nest. Fortunately the home owner rescued the starving baby Starlings and brought them to us. They ended up being called the ‘Baby Barrys’.
All three Starlings were successfully hand raised and released. Barry hooked up with one of the Baby Barrys and we would see the Starlings once or twice a month.”
The staff was amazed when a few days before they moved out of the old premises, the Barry pair popped past with their own baby Starling.
“It was a real privilege to be able to monitor them for so long and see their success in the wild despite drought conditions in the area.”
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