Baby Bird

What do I do if I have found a Baby Bird (Hatchling/Nestling/Fledgling)...

  •  That has fallen from its nest?
    Every attempt should be made to return the bird to its nest. Contrary to popular belief, birds will continue to care for their young even after being handled by humans. If the hatchling/nestling is cold, it should be warmed up with a heating pad or other heat source before being returned to the nest. Do not leave the bird in a container separate from the main nest, because the parents will not be able to keep both nests warm. Watch the nest from a distance, and if the parents do not return within two hours or by dusk, then contact a wildlife rehabilitator.

  •  That's nest has fallen down?
    If the nest is still relatively intact, attempt to repair it with string or wire, being sure not to leave any sharp points that could injure the birds. If possible, mount the nest in its original location, using additional string or wire to secure it. Otherwise, select a location as close as possible that is protected from direct sunlight, wind, rain, pets and children. Watch the nest from a distance, and if the parents do not return within two hours or by dusk, then contact a wildlife rehabilitator.

  •  That's nest has been destroyed?
    A replacement nest can be constructed. Drainage is the most important consideration so that the nest does not fill with water. A hanging plastic flower pot or a wooden or straw basket is usually a good place to start. Line the pot/basket with debris from the destroyed nest, or with clean, dry straw. Do not use grass or paper, since these materials can get wet and grow mildew. Hang or mount the new nest as near as possible to its original location, otherwise, select a location as close as possible that is protected from direct sunlight, wind, rain, pets and children. Watch the nest from a distance, and if the parents do not return within two hours or by dusk, then contact a wildlife rehabilitator.

  •  Sitting on the ground unable to fly?
    If the bird seems otherwise normal, hopping around and alert, it is probably a fledgling just leaving the nest. Fledglings are feathered, and may appear to be adults, but usually can be distinguished by their shorter tails. The bird should be placed in a nearby bush (not a tree) away from the street, pets and children. Watch the bird from a distance to see if the parents return to feed it. If the parents don't return within 2 hours or the bird appears injured or lethargic, contact a wildlife rehabilitator.

A baby bird should be taken to a wildlife rehabilitator for immediate assistance if...

  •  It is infested with flies, fly eggs or maggots (usually looks like rice or grain in the bird's feathers or skin)
  •  Its parents are known to be dead
  •  It has been attacked by a cat or dog

If the baby bird is in need of care from a wildlife rehabilitator, do not forget to keep it in a warm, dark, quiet place until further instructions are given.

 

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