Suicidal Bar-shouldered Dove

Being a little laid up at the moment - I was home when a Bar-shouldered Dove attempted to fly through one of our windows. Hearing the noise and going to investigate, I found the poor little bugger sitting on the patio looking decidedly second hand.

I gently gathered him up and placed him in a towel lined tub with a lid to hopefully allow the effects of his stunt work to dissipate.

Geopelia humeralis

Within the space of a couple of hours the sound of fluttering and timid scraping convinced me it was time to let the wee guy outside to make it or not on his own. Obviously, I have absolutely no way of knowing if this winged Evel Knievel survived - returning injured animals to the wild is a judgement call - not a science. And it's surely best to do so as quickly as possible so that confinement stress and or hunger/dehydration are not major factors in the animals recovery.

So I like to think that this little guy made it. I certainly hope so as they are the gentlest of birds and I'm quite fond of watching them in the garden pottering around like maiden aunts at a car boot sale.

A little later - hopefully success

Signs of injury in birds include: an inability to fly [well duh eh!?], continuously turning in staggered circles, allowing themselves to be approached/touched, dilated pupils, panting and/or head hanging among others. If you come across an injured bird and have no wildlife rescuers nearby or who can be contacted, the best bit of advice is to place the animal in a darkened and quiet space [a cardboard box is fine, but beware of heat/dehydration] and wait for an outcome. They will either recover on their own, or they will expire - the less you handle or excite the animal the better it's chances.

For severely injured birds - a vet is probably the right call however, I am acutely aware that not everyone lives in the city. Just do your best and accept that not every animal can be saved.


  1. Crash
    Up here it's the Emerald Green Forest Doves who emulate Mr Knievel.
    The results are usually not as successful as yours.

  2. Hi D - yeh, beautiful those birds are too - pigeons eh, lovely but dumb as hammers ...


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