RECOVERING: WIRES rescued a Pacific Baza hit by a car.
RECOVERING: WIRES rescued a Pacific Baza hit by a car. Melanie Barsony

How this Baza bird survived being hit by a car

IF IT wasn't for the care and rehabilitation work from Northern Rivers WIRES volunteers, this crested hawk, hit by a car recently, may not have survived.

The Pacific Baza suffered a head injury and heavy concussion.

But a full physical at the Casino vet clinic confirmed no fractures and no eye injury.

WIRES spokesperson Muriel Kinson said it has made good progress in care and is now in a large aviary, building up strength for flying and will be released when ready.

The local wildlife rescue and care organisation will be holding a basic training workshop this weekend for anyone wanting to get involved.

The WIRES basic training workshop is being held on Sunday September 18.

To sign up, call WIRES Northern Rivers on the 24-hour hotline at 6628 1898 or go to find out more.

About the Pacific Baza bird

The Pacific Baza is a medium-sized, long-tailed hawk with a prominent crest. It is slim-bodied, with a narrow head and neck.

The head, neck and breast are grey and the underparts are white with bold dark banding.

The legs are short with weak toes and the eyes are golden-yellow and domed, placed well on the side of the head.

The female is heavier and browner on the crown than the male. It is also known as the Crested Hawk or Baza, or the Pacific Cuckoo-Falcon.

The Pacific Baza is found in northern and eastern Australia, but rarely south of Sydney. They live in tropical and subtropical woodlands and forest and sometimes grasslands, farmlands and urban areas. They prefer well-watered areas.

During courtship, Bazas have a spectacular tumbling display-flight during courtship. Once a partner is chosen, they build a flimsy flat nest of sticks, which is placed high in the upper leafy branches of a tree.

They are very secretive when breeding and the parent sits quietly on the nest, with its long tail sticking out over the rim. Both parents brood and feed the chicks.

The Pacific Baza's prey on large insects, particularly stick insects and mantids, and frogs. They sometimes eat fruit as well. They are aerobatic flyers.

Bazas will move through the canopy, or perch and watch, then make short dives, with feet extended, to snatch prey from the foliage or from the air.