NESKANTAGA FIRST NATION RESCUE RARE SOUTH AMERICAN BIRD

American Purple Gallinule. It is rarely seen in Canada and was a first for Neskantaga First Nation
American Purple Gallinule. It is rarely seen in Canada and was a first for Neskantaga First Nation

Landsdown House, ON – Neskantaga First Nation Councillor Gary Quisses and members of the Neskantaga First Nation rescued a rare bird from South America yesterday in their community.

It was recently identified by a Lakehead University ornithologist as being an American Purple Gallinule. It is rarely seen in Canada and was a first for Neskantaga First Nation.

“The bird had similar features to a crane—a bird that we know inhabits our area,” said Councillor Gary Quisses.“This one was a bird we have never seen before and knew we needed to ensure it was protected.” The community kept it safe indoors after capturing it.

The bird was en route Thursday to be cared for by the Thunder Bay ThunderBird Wildlife Rescue.