Rehabilitation of injured birds

Written by  Thursday, 12 February 2015 01:00

Rehabilitation of injured birds

We assume that during the monitoring of power lines, many birds will be found injured as a result of collisions. These are often serious injuries, the most common fractures that require immediate professional assistance. Within the project there will be purchased equipment for 8 rehabilitation stations under the State Nature Conservancy (Bratislava, Malacky, Dunajská Streda, Nitra, Banská Štiavnica, Brzotín, Rimavská Sobota, Trebišov), there will also be repaired aviaries and other spaces for disabled animals. In Rozhanovce in Kosice there will be a completely refurbished large Rehabilitation Centre, University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice. These facilities will treat and rehabilitate birds found during monitoring or outside. We assume that during the duration of the professional care, help will be given to at least 250 individual different species of birds.



More information covering the period from 1st July 2018 you can find  in Project results here.


Project results covering the period from 1st September 2014 to 30th June 2018

  • Professional care was ensured for 1 952 birds in the project rescue centres. 941 individuals were released to the wild after treatment.

  • 1731 birds were treated in 8 rescue centres kept by State Nature Conservancy (SNC) including 6 individuals of target bird species of the project (Aquila pomarina, Aquila heliaca, Falco cherrug), 863 birds were fully recovered and were released to the wild.

  • 66 individuals were kept in SNC rescue centres after clearly proved collision with electrical power lines. The real number of injuries caused by this reason is estimated to be higher.

  • 221 birds were treated at the University of veterinary medicine and pharmacy in Košice (UVLF) in Košice. 96 birds were treated at the Bird Clinic, of which 11 were sent to the repaired rehabilitation centre in Rozhanovce for further care. 9 birds were admitted directly at the Rozhanovce facility.

  • 78 birds were fully recovered at UVLF and released to the wild, including one individual of endangered Falco cherrug, released under media coverage on 25th August 2017.

  • There were 4 birds at UVLF (e.g. Tyto alba, Falco cherrug, Aquila heliaca) admitted for treatment after suspected collision with electrical power lines. There were several individuals admitted with fractured limbs that could be caused by collision with electrical power lines, however, due to damaged soft tissues, this cannot be confirmed.

  • 738 university students from Slovakia and 202 international students at UVLF were actively involved in the treatment of birds.

  • The aviary in Rozhanovce was repaired and was officially open in December 2015. During the reconstruction, the original aviaries were removed. The original aviaries were in an unsatisfactory technical condition caused by long use and did not in any aspect meet even the basic principles of Welfare and veterinary care. As a consequence, the aviaries were not in use at all. After the reconstruction 5 new smaller aviaries and one large free-flight aviary was constructed meeting the highest standards.


    A new aviary was built in SKCHVU016 in December 2014 and one new aviary was built in Bratislava in July 2016.

Lucia Deutschová

manažérka projektu

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