Nearly Extinct Bird Blown Out of Nest During Storm: Rescuers Lend a Hand

Written by the Saint Francis of Assisi Foundation of Zarzal, Colombia

During a windstorm, a very rare Coclí pigeon fell out of his nest perched at the top of a tall palm tree. We made him comfortable in a special cage, and because his beak was slightly injured, we hand-fed him carefully with small worms for the next week.

When he was able to eat on his own, we at the Foundation made contact with the firemen who came with their very long ladders and were able to put him right back up in his nest, where his parents and sibling were anxiously awaiting his return.

We were very pleased to have been able to do this successfully, because this bird which is indigenous to our area has been hunted almost to extinction — in fact, it has already been placed on the extinct list. To our knowledge, in the last seven years only 38 baby birds have been born and we are hoping that they will re-populate other rural areas as well as ours.  More photos of the rescued Coclí pigeon.


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Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn2 years ago

it is good the bird was rescued💗💗

Duane B.
.6 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra6 years ago

Thank you Laura, for Sharing this!

Fran F.
Fran F6 years ago

It's great that things turned out well for the little cocli, and for his species as well.

natalie n.
natalie n6 years ago

am so glad that the bird was found, rehabilitated and returned to his family.

Tamara Hayes
Tamara Hayes6 years ago

Thank you so much for caring and sharing this wonderful story and saving this rare little birds life.

Terry V.
Terry V6 years ago

thank you

Susan Griffiths
Susan Griffiths6 years ago


Sandi C.
Sandi C7 years ago


Paula O.
Paula O7 years ago

What a beautiful bird...Thank you for saving him!