White-breasted Woodswallow in WIRES care

Anthony and his daughter Eavie contacted WIRES after finding a White-breasted Woodswallow on the ground at their property in Bentley.
The little bird was unable to fly so was taken to Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital by WIRES volunteer Julie.
Even though one wing was slightly dropped and there was a slight scuff mark on its left wrist, a thorough examination and x-rays revealed no fractures.
Time is what would be needed for the bird to recover from its wing injury.
Living in flocks from 10 to 50 or more birds White-breasted Woodswallows are social birds.
Locally they are frequently sighted on overhead wires near Lismore lake perching side by side preening each other.
They feed by catching insects in their bills as they fly high. If they catch large insects they transfer them to their feet while in flight before returning to a perch. They also have a divided brush tipped tongue used to feed on nectar from flowers.
After three weeks in Julie’s care, the White-breasted Woodswallow was ready for release. It had started flying in the aviary showing it’s wonderful aerobatic skills and yesterday was a perfect day, the rain had cleared, the sun was shining and there was no wind.
Julie returned to Bentley near the creek where the Woodswallow had been found and opened the rescue basket.
The bird flew with great haste, it soared above calling for its flock, and almost instantly 3 other Woodswallows appeared.
Julie said: as I walked back to the car I could hear the little one as others joined it.
What a release, definitely one to remember, it touched my heart.

Thank you to Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital for examining this little bird, and thank you to Anthony and Eavie for rescuing this stunning little bird, giving it a second chance.

Picture by Julie Marsh