As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday 6 December 2013

Heavy metal hurting native birds

Kaka The kaka's penchant for unusual food has left a handful of chicks with the staggers and struggling not to throw up.

A spike in lead poisoning among New Zealand's resurgent endemic parrot population is being investigated by researchers.
Massey University's Wildbase Hospital in Palmerston North had two dead kaka chicks come in, and a post-mortem revealed lead poisoning was the cause of death.

They then found the birds' three nest-mates were also showing signs of being poisoned, including changes to their blood cells and nervous systems, causing the birds to regurgitate food and lose balance.

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