A Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo struch the glass windows of the Department of Chemical Engineering at University of the Philippine Diliman in Quezon City. Luckily, the little bird is alive and well.
“Dazed but thankfully alive,” wrote The UP Wild Facebook page. “The glass reflected the sky and the trees and confused the bird.”
The Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo (Hierococcyx pectoralis) is found only in the Philippines. It belongs to the cuckoo family. It is medium-sized, about 29 centimeters in length, and has a high pitched call of five to seven notes that lasts for about 1.5 seconds and repeated up to 10 times.
“This bird-window strike is sadly a widespread and common problem in urban areas. In most of the reported cases, the bird does not survive the strike,” The UP Wild wrote. “If the bird does survive, it becomes vulnerable right after and may be attacked by predators.”
The community said the cuckoo was rescued by students, and had since then been released back into the wild after it has regained its strength.
There are now encouraging others to adjust and help the birds by breaking the reflection.
“We love glass windows and walls, but we love birds too. We can have both by making adjustments, such as adding stickers, blinds, and other obstructions, to break the reflection,” they added.