Pune: Shikra Bird With Broken Wing Receives Treatment At Wildlife SOS

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Junnar, 29th October 2022: An injured Shikra bird was found on the streets by concerned citizens in Junnar taluka of Pune district, Maharashtra. The bird was rescued by the Forest Department and placed under the care of Wildlife SOS, a wildlife conservation charity operating in Junnar.


A Shikra bird was found lying on the road in Junnar, Maharashtra earlier this week. The bird had sustained a wing injury and was struggling to move. A concerned passerby who stumbled upon the helpless bird took swift action by alerting the Maharashtra Forest Department officials.


Following a prompt rescue conducted by forest officers, the Shikra was transferred to the Wildlife SOS Leopard Rescue Centre for urgent medical intervention. A detailed examination by the Wildlife SOS veterinary doctor confirmed that the bird had fractured its right wing and it has been placed under intensive care.


Dr Chandan Sawne, Veterinary Officer, Wildlife SOS said, “The X-ray reports revealed that the Shikra had two fractured bones in the right wing. The cause of injury has not been determined but we suspect it is due to some physical impact. We have stabilised the fracture and started daily treatment. The bird is currently consuming food and water and has regained some strength.”


Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder and CEO, Wildlife SOS said, “ Our team will be monitoring the bird’s progress for the next 2-3 weeks. The Shikra (Accipiter badius) also known as the little banded goshawk is a magnificent bird of prey that is widely distributed in Asia and Africa. This raptor feeds primarily on small mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.”


Shikras are known to be tenacious hunters. In fact, their name has its origins in the Urdu and Hindi word Shikari, which mean “hunter.” This species inhabits a variety of habitats including savannah grasslands, arid and semi-arid regions, tropical and subtropical areas, agricultural lands as well as urban areas.