Kiskadee Rules Roost & Breaks Hearts When It’s Time to Fly Free

Written by James & Gloria Rego of Hamilton, Bermuda

My wife and I were driving to a friend’s home for dinner when out of the corner of my eye I saw what appeared to be a Kiskadee standing on the roadside against the curb. I thought this odd because at this time of day, most birds have roosted. I didn’t know if this little fellow was alive or dead but made a mental note to have a closer look on the way back home.

On our return trip, which was quite late, my wife couldn’t understand why we were slowing along this particular stretch of road because she hadn’t seen what I saw earlier. Sure enough, he was still in the same spot. How he didn’t get drawn out into the road by passing vehicles is a miracle. This is a very busy road and,how he was passed over by the many cats in this area…well, I still wonder!

When we got him home, we checked him over and found nothing wrong. We estimated that he had newly left the nest and probably had not had time to hone his instincts towards danger. He readily took to living in a little cage (at night) and would happily eat prepared dog food, grubs, seed and a little sand. We tried to think of what he would naturally find in the wild based on our observations of this species.

The little fellow thrived! We knew that it was only a matter of time before this little guy would want to go, as this is a wild bird. During the month we had him he would fly around the house and was forgiven his indiscretions, would fly to the door when he knew one of us was about to enter, would pester us to feed him, would learn from us how to catch live grubs and sleep next to us in his little cage.

When the dreaded day did come to release Sparky/Chirpy (we could never decide what to call him), there were many mixed emotions. We were happy that we were privileged to have been able to get to know this little fellow in such an intimate way, happy that he was able to finally join with his own species but saddened that we had to say goodbye to a dear little friend. Photos of Kiskadee eating & saying goodbye.


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Feather W.
Feather W.7 months ago


Julia Cabrera-Woscek

Thank you humans for your hospitality and caring. It is a little one but that little one has value!

Linda Wallace
Linda Wallace7 months ago

All birds are precious. Thank you for the story.

NORMA LEVIN7 months ago

God Bless you

Carol P.
Carol P.1 years ago

I have to wonder if this bird ever stops back to check on his people.

Fi T.
Fi T.1 years ago

This is the bond between living lives

Mo Arthur
Mo Arthur1 years ago

too bad I wasnt there to step on its head and kill it before it had a chance to multiply

kiskadees are an invasive species that have already wiped out the cicadia and have killed off many other birds on the island.... I have counted 19 that nest near my house and over the years they have grown from the initial pair of 2 in the 80s. They have killed the bluebirds on our property, harrassed and killed the finches, driven away the breeding pair of cardinals, and are the very example of a violent flying rat. They drive cats away from their food bowls and then after eating the cat food proceed to shit it all over every roof in the neighborhood. (this is a health hazard not known by many) (we drink the rain water collected on our roof)

They are a dangerous pest and should be exterminated islandwide.

Maria D'Oporto
Past Member 3 years ago

Cool little guy and nice story!!!

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S.3 years ago

The pic of the bird drinking water from the bowl in your hand is so cute. Nice job rescuing the birdie.

Carrie Anne Brown

great story thanks for sharing :)