In late March a nest was found on the ground, two little chicks were alive, sadly one had already perished. WIRES was contacted and the two survivors were brought into care. They turned out to be Magpie-larks. Once hydrated, attempts to reunite the two with the parent birds failed, the parent birds could not be found.
A few days later another call to WIRES regarding a tiny Magpie-lark found on the ground; it had fallen from the nest high above.
Young birds do much better if they have a buddy, the new arrival joined the other two as soon as it was established all were in good health. Their WIRES volunteer carer named them Tully, Tilly and Tommy.
Tommy, the late addition, was quickly accepted by Tully and Tilly, the trio were found cuddled up to each other from the first night together.
They spent some time in a hospital cage being fed and hydrated, they grew quickly and once they started to show signs of wanting to fly they were moved to an outside aviary. It did not take long before they were expert flyers, the time had come to open the aviary door and let them leave the “nest”
They stayed around the aviary for a while, taking advantage of supplementary food left for them as they adjusted to life in the wild, and finding their own food. It did not take long before they were self-sufficient.
The Magpie-lark is distinctively marked in black and white. The thin whitish bill and pale iris separate it from other similarly coloured species. The adult male Magpie-lark has a white eyebrow and black face, while the female has an all-white face with no white eyebrow.
Young birds have a black forehead, a white eyebrow and a white throat. The Magpie-lark is often referred to as a Peewee or Pee Wee, after the sound of its distinctive calls.