Rare migratory bird flies over 6,500 km from Europe to Kenya

Written By: Rose Welimo

The bird known as Osprey flew from Finland covering a distance of 6,948 kilometers

A rare migratory bird has flown from Europe to Kenya and landed in West Imbo Location Usalu village, Bondo, Siaya county.

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The bird known as Osprey flew from Helsinki,  Finland covering a distance of 6,948 kilometers.

The rare bird that was caught in a fishing net was spotted by a local resident Walter Oloo on 20th January 2020 who reported to Kenya Wildlife Service officials in Siaya county.

In a statement from the KWS Director General Paul Udoto, the bird that was delivered to the KWS veterinary team on Thursday had some bruises on its legs, had lost some weight and it seemed dehydrated.

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“It will be stabilized by administering IV fluids and provided proper diet, then monitored for a few days before being released back to the wild,” Udoto said.

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The origin of the bird was established by a ring on its leg showing it was ringed in Finland Museum Zool, Helsinki.

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The Director of Research at KWS Dr Patrick Omondi has called on the Siaya County government to enhance the protection of Lake Victoria catchment areas including Lake Kanyaboli National Reserve following the sighting of several migratory birds in the area in recent surveys.

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KWS head of Veterinary Services Dr David Ndeereh said information about the bird will be shared with the East Africa Bird Ringing Association to obtain more details on the bird.

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) also called sea hawk, river hawk and fish hawk is a fish eating bird of prey with a cosmopolitan range. It is a large raptor, reaching more than 60 cm in length and 180 cm across the wings.


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