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17 October 2013

Australian Kestrels Arrow and Rusty are being 'given their wings' to launch National Bird Week in October, both flying freely in Healesville Sanctuary’s Spirits of the Sky presentation.

In December last year the Sanctuary received the two young Australian Kestrels from a carer in South Gippsland who had found them on the ground out of their nest. She looked after them for a couple of months before bringing them in to the Sanctuary, where they went through quarantine, and then onto the raptor keepers for training.

It took a while to work out if they were boys or girls as they look pretty much the same, but with most daytime raptors the girls are often bigger. Arrow and Rusty were weighed daily and it soon became apparent they were brother and sister.

Arrow and Rusty will fly on Saturday 19 October 2013 at the midday Spirits of the Sky presentation to celebrate National Bird Week. Bird lovers can then enjoy the Sanctuary’s 816 birds on display – an amazing 86 species – including the critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeaters and Orange-bellied Parrots.