Monday, January 14, 2013

The Sad Bird Story

Was a bit busy and I just barely got time to blog.  Hopefully will get more time in two weeks time after the magazine deadlines are over. 
Caged Munias
Last Christmas I saw my sister's cook's son playing around with these birds. He was literally hurling the makeshift cage into the air.  I was forced to fish out a hundred peso bill out my pocket in exchange for the birds to spare them the agony.  Took the cage home, planning to set them free the next day.

The following morning I found one of the birds already died. Our cook said he saw both birds okay when he woke up but the other started pecking on the other's head.  Most of the birds sold are male as they are more attractive.  Sellers convince buyers to get a pair and in the end the birds try to dominate each other thus resulting in stress and eventual death. There is nothing really appealing in keeping the wild birds. Opened the bird cage and watched the munia fly out into our garden, while wishing i opened the cage earlier.

3 comments:

Monisima's Life in the Philippines said...

That was nice of you to pay for the birds. Too bad one of them died, but at least you saved the other one:)

IndieEscape said...

aww. you are still a hero for trying to save both :)

That Cebuano Kid said...

I also bought black-headed munias from a neighbor a year ago. My neighbor's kid got it from a vendor outside his school. The birds suvived for a month. It layed around 4 eggs but the birds died later. I don't know what killed them but they got paralyzed—unable to fly and stand—a day before they died.