Saturday, January 25, 2020

Bird flies 6, 948kms from Finland to Bondo-Kenya

A rare migratory bird has landed in Kenya after flying a distance of 6,948 kilometers from Finland.

The migratory bird known as Osprey was spotted in West Imbo Location, Usalu Village, Bondo Sub County in Siaya County.

According to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the bird has flown to Kenya, covering a distance of 6,948 kilometres or 4,317 miles.

A member of the community, Walter Oloo, spotted the bird on January 20, 2020 and reported to KWS Siaya County team.


The bird was caught in a fishing net and seems to have struggled to release itself. It has some bruises on the legs, though it is healthy.

It was delivered to the KWS veterinary department on January 23, 2020.

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

The bird’s origin has been established from a refereeing ring on its leg whose details show that it was given the identity in Finland (Museum Zool, Helsinki Finland, www.ring.ac, M-68528). 


Kenya Wildlife Service Head of Veterinary Services, Dr David Ndeereh said they will share the information with the East Africa Bird Ringing Association to obtain further details on the bird.

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