A case study of hand-rearing and successful rehabilitation of purple sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus
Soham Mukherjee, Akanksha Mukherjee
Purple sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus is an active species frequenting urban garden for drinking nectar from various flowers. The species is also commonly documented to be nesting in backyard gardens where the nest is often vulnerable to attack by feral cats. Nestlings as well as fledglings are rescued by members of public and taken to wildlife rehabilitation centers. Local rescue centres are often not equipped to provide optimum care for such small and delicate baby birds. This is especially true when staff and volunteers are not trained in proper protocols and guidelines. Lack of published literature on caring for many local, native species makes the task even more difficult. In this case study, we present methods of housing, care, diet plan, behavioral conditioning, and release techniques that were used to successfully rehabilitate an orphan purple sunbird. These methods can be used as guidelines for other biologically and behaviorally similar nectarine species in India.
Soham Mukherjee, Akanksha Mukherjee. A case study of hand-rearing and successful rehabilitation of purple sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus. International Journal of Zoology Studies, Volume 6, Issue 4, 2021, Pages 23-27