Philippine coucal. (Photo by PCSDS)

A Philippine coucal bird was rescued by a concerned citizen in Barangay Sta. Monica because it couldn’t fly was recently turned over to the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development’s staff (PCSDS).

Locally known as “sabukot”, the Philippine coucal (Centropus viridis) was turned over on July 30, a release issued Friday by the PCSDS said.

The bird is listed as a “Least Concern” species under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, the PCSDS said.

It was handed over by Ninfa Rowy, a resident of Sta. Monica, who said her son MJay Arthur Rowy found it in their yard at around 4 p.m. on the said day.

“Upon realizing that the bird cannot fly very well and that stray dogs in the area may attack it, they decided to turn it over to the PCSDS immediately,” the statement said.

The bird was brought to the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (PWRCC) in Barangay Irawan for proper medical treatment.