Grey Francolin chick (Francolinus pondicerianus)
Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii
This tiny little bird is a Grey Francolin chick. We found it in our garden, abandoned. We examined it and could find no obvious injuries, but it was so weak it could hardly hold up its head. We tried to give it some water, but the chick would not cooperate. Finally, we put it in a cool, shady area where groups of adult Francolins pass through on their daily rounds, in the hope that its parents might find it. When we checked on the chick an hour or so later, it had died. My husband buried the poor little chick's remains in one of our flower beds.