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A little squeaker came to my workplace at the wildlife rescue centre after having fallen from its nest at a railway station. I named her Matilda. (I decided to try it the other way round for once after all the pigeons we had given male names to turned out to be female.)

Matilda has the sweetest face (big eyes!) and a lovely little hookbill! Ok, so the latter isn’t exactly a good thing but it certainly gives this sweet baby lots of character.

Here she is:


Matilda on 25th March

At first Matilda was scared of us and didn’t want to feed, but after a few days of love and care she now squeaks her little head off and flaps her wings in excitement whenever we are near. She feeds wonderfully despite her hookbill and we will be trying to get her to eat seed soon.

Here’s Matilda begging for food:

So the deal with hookbills is that they often need trimming down to allow the bird to feed properly. We have an adult pigeon living in the disabled pigeon aviary with an overgrown beak that we trim every now and then. However, as long as the beak doesn’t grow too long and doesn’t impede beak function, a little bit of a hookbill doesn’t hurt.

Today I saw a feral pigeon on the garden with a hookbill. It looked healthy enough and didn’t have any problems eating the seed and peanuts I gave it, which is good. Maybe Matilda’s overgrown beak won’t be a problem. Only time can tell.


Waving hello!