A white-throated kingfisher was rescued and brought to the Cadiz City Veterinary Office for examination and treatment before it was released back to its habitat, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Cadiz, Negros Occidental, said yesterday.
It added that on May 18, it received a message via its FB page that the bird was found shot in Sitio Macasayang, Brgy. Mabini in the city.
On orders of Cenro Mamad Gandarosa, personnel Abgie Michael Lunaba, Antonio Aparel Jr., and Mary Rose Tayo went to the Mabini barangay hall and coordinated with Brgy. Captain Rosevil Villarin. After an hour of travel, the team reached the house of the informant and rescued the wildlife, the press release said.
Cenro-Cadiz is grateful that there are people in the community who know the importance of protecting and conserving wildlife, it said.
The white-throated kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis), also known as white-breasted kingfisher, is widely distributed in Asia from the Sinai east through the Indian subcontinent to the Philippines. This species is widespread and its populations are not threatened, the wikipedia.org said.
Republic Act 9147, or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, provides for the conservation and protection of wildlife resources and their habitats.*