The Osprey bird that flew over 6800 kilometres all the way from Finland to Kenya’s Siaya county has died, KWS has said.

The four-year-old migratory bird of prey died at the weekend while under the care of Kenya Wildlife Service Veterinarians.


A statement by KWS said post-mortem results attributed the death to long term starvation which precipitated systemic organs failure.

The bird weighed 950 g at the time it was captured by KWS against the normal range of 1.3kg -1.4kg weight of an adult Osprey, the statement says.

Osprey bird that flew from Finland dies over prolonged starvation

Geplaatst door Muyela Roberto op Maandag 27 januari 2020

A resident of the tiny village located along the shores of the oxbow lake, Walter Oloo, is credited for spotting the bird and thereafter reporting the discovery to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) personnel in Siaya County.

The bird’s origin was established from a reference ring on its leg, whose details show that it was ringed in Helsinki, Finland.

KWS, in an earlier statement said the bird would have been released into the wild as soon as it recovered.

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